I couldn't agree more Jason! Outstanding example. Unfortunately, some firefighters can take the Officer or senior man going in behind the pipeman, as being lazy. Being a boss is a tough job, eyes in the back of our head would come in handy! I'll be the first one to say it's hard not to grab a nozzle, but necessary for me to step back and take care of my crew. In all the trainings and plain conversations with the guys, I try to reinforce how critical it is to speak up, my driver has a better view than I, if I'm inside. Bosses need to take that extra breath to look at the entire situation, regardless of the type of call, to make sure our folks come home safe!
I agree, if you want the pipe stay a firefighter. Once you become overly involved you open the door to tactical drift by losing perspective. Your role is to determine line size, length and speed of the stretch. Your decisions must support the operational objectives while considering the search and ventilation. Not to mention monitoring for changing conditions. For all officers taking an extra couple of seconds to size up will save you minutes in your execution. It may even save your crews life.