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Sunday, July 5

Sunday Fun - Bread and Butter

In a lot of the industry publications I read about Battalion Chiefs talking about getting back to the "bread and butter" operations we deal with. I get that on the superficial level, meaning drill what you have, not what you might someday encounter.

Throw a ladder, tie a knot, move a charged line around a parking lot. The basics. But then some of the articles go deeper into a concept of the "first due fire" or what your first alarm area holds in store for you. The emphasis is on pre-planning and identification of life hazards prior to a fire. I get that as well.

But it got me wondering. What is your bread and butter fire? What is the structure type most likely to get you working today? Ranch style residential detached? Multi-story type 1 multifamily dwelling?

I'm not sure how this will work, but I want to give it a try. Send me a picture, or link, to a picture of your bread and butter type structure. It doesn't HAVE to be in your jursidiction, but a fair and accurate representation of it. Include in the email what your first alarm assignment is if someone reported that structure to be "on fire."

I'm curious to see what kind of bread and butter is out there.

Hit me up at thehappymedic over at gmail. Maybe if I get enough response we'll do some virtual "burns" and see how Boston fights a Phoenix fire and a volunteer squad responds to a worker in Los Angeles. Could be fun.

3 comments:

Michael Morse said...

http://wellinvolved.blogspot.com/

Hello HM,

Check out this blog from my links, they do a great job capturing the images.

This just cracked me up; the word verification to send this comment was "DINGOV" We affectionately call people who chase fires "dings."

Ckemtp said...

Check out this link:

http://www.harlemroscoefire.com/On_The_Scene.htm

Dunno whose department that is... but there's a whole archive of their best bread-and-butter fires on there. There's department information on there too. Great department site

Anonymous said...

www.phototac.com
Fire photography from the Indy metro area.
DaveO