I have been looking at ways to increase fire ground efficiency. I want to get some info on the different ways fire companies deploy resources on a structure fire.
The Following questions are based on a first alarm assignment. I want to isolate those initially assigned companies because they have the greatest impact on overall incident outcome. I am looking for honest real world answers not ideal situation answers.
What is the minimum total personnel assigned to a structure fire for a first alarm assignment in your department?
Do your companies have predetermined assignments based on 1st, 2nd, 3rd due arrival or are assignments given by command as units arrive?
Do your personnel have predetermined assignments based on position or seat or does the company officer give assignments upon arrival?
Does your company have a tool assignment that each position or seat is responsible for?
Does your department use tactical check lists?
Does your department have a truck or ladder company with adequate staffing? If so what are the roles and responsibilities? If not who does the truck work? Is truck work still a priority or an after thought?
When is ventilation addressed before, during, or after fire attack or not at all? Is it a priority?
Is there a designated RIT or RIC company in your first alarm assignment?