Last weekend I was invited to present "Combat Ready Firefighting"to the firefighters of Jefferson County, WV. After a great class, the more than hospitable members were eager to show me their firehouses and apparatus. The pride in their departments and history was obvious (good thing!).
Sheperdstown Engine 3 stood out to me, outfitted for down & dirty firefighting. In the suburban and rural environment. Some things I noticed:
Probably one of the most important attributes - PRIDE. These members were proud of this apparatus because they knew it was functional. There was 2 feet of snow on the ground and this rig glimmered in the apparatus bay (clean).
Was there a ton of compartment space? No not a ton... But rather than a jack of all trades and master of none (don't we see a lot of those apparatus these days?), this rig was ready for engine company firefighting with enough room for the extra essentials.
Is your rig COMBAT READY? If so, how? If not - WHY NOT?