We are not all Big City Fire Departments
It has been almost a year into my first year as a company officer of a three man Quint. I have taken time off from writing to learn the “job”, more reading, and developing drills for the company and the department.
One of the last blogs I wrote was the Chauffeur/Driver position of our Quint.
I haven’t done anything earth shattering in what we have developed or drilled on but I put the drill to paper. The ladders that are listed in this drill are the ladders carried on the apparatus that can be properly deployed safely by one firefighter.
Drill: Empty the Ladder Compartment
Object: To deploy all single firefighter ladders to a structure in a timed event. Chauffeur/Driver in Turnout gear no SCBA.
Evolution 1: Ladder 3 sides of structure
Evolution 2: Ladder the Roof and 1 side
Evolution 3: Aerial Ladder Chauffeur Rescue Positioning
Evolution 4: Aerial Ladder Chauffeur Ventilation Positioning
Evolution 5: Engine Chauffeur Deployment
The timed portion of this drill serves a couple of purposes. First it sets a benchmark for the company officer to keep in his head. Now as an officer I know in ‘x’ amount of time I know that my Chauffeur/Driver can preform “said” task. Second it creates a benchmark for the Chauffeur/Driver which serves a dual purpose, to try to beat his personal and other Chauffeur/Driver times and it shows that tasks can be performed in an efficient time. Lastly it shows the command staff that the Chauffeur/Drivers can be proactive and assign other functions to incoming companies, i.e. Ventilation, Search, Back-up, or more importantly getting the first line in the proper place (part of the 3 R’s of the Engine Company).