How many of you have had a line painted down the middle of the floor between the engine and truck? I bet a few of you did....
The Sunday Preach:
"While members of engine and ladder companies have historically had separate and distinct duties, they are absolutely interdependent upon one another. Truck companies that open ceiling and walls with fire behind them will soon be run out of that room, without the protection of a hoseline. Conversely, the engine company cannot open all the walls in a room with the nozzle and hose alone" (Pg 193).
Whether you are from 'the big house' or are 'swinging single' there is always a good bit of friendly back and forth amongst the brothers and sisters. No one loves the banter between the engine and the truck more than we do. With Dan primarily an "Engineman" and Doug largely assigned as a "Truckie," we have enjoyed this both in our careers and with each other for the past 20+ years.
That said, we have certainly spent enough time on 'the other side of the floor' to have found ourselves in precarious positions waiting for action from the 'other side'... such as "whew, when is damn truck going to open this place up?" and/or "oh boy, where is the heck is the engine with the line"...
On the fire floor we are one collective team.
Company pride not withstanding, it is the cohesive collective group who prevail. For it is the team that not only works to raise the awareness of their members, but those they interact with...for the greater good of all.
For in the end, its about our ability to deliver the service of rescue and fire suppression to our citizens... and thus prepare, practice & make policy... 'to make it happen.'
MAKE IT HAPPEN EVERYDAY - FOR IN THE END, ALL WE HAVE TO FALL BACK ON IS EACH OTHER...