As reported in our nations news, five DC Fire Department members were injured yesterday in an early morning house fire. They became trapped by a ceiling collapse shortly after making entry. The speed with which the RIC deployed and made rescues, coupled with the the IC immediately requesting a 2nd Alarm resulted in not only rapid rescue of multiple trapped firefighters, but also quick knock down of a serious fire.
Unlike urban/metro FD's, the suburban FD may not have quite a rapid response to the same scenario. Though the goals, intentions may be the same, the shear number of available resources can be a devastating difference. What does your department have in place to prepare and/or react to the first arriving unit becoming involved in a fireground emergency?