Lt. Gregory, I met you a few years ago when you, your guys and the last Lt. Lund where in Richmond Va. I still draw from things you showed us on that roof. I've had a little debate going on in my head for a while know. I'm a new Lieutenant of a Rescue company in Richmond and have gone back and forth about what kind of tool should be in my hands. Do I bring a something to go to work with? Like haligan bar and haligan hook. Or just something for emergencies, like a small 24" haligan. What do you carry as a truck company officer?
My name is Josh Nichols from North Carolina. I took your truck company class in Richmond a few years ago with Lt. Lund. You and your guys rode with us to eat that night. Just thought I would leave you a message. Nice job on the grab in firehouse magazine. Looking foward to training with you on this page.
here in Albuquerque we have been using the P.A.R. for some time. It works well. As you mentioned, it is quick and to the point and takes up little precious air time. It is usually called for by the battalion in charge every fifteen minutes and anytime there is a dynamic event on the fire ground. Highly recommend it along with C.A.N. reports. Conditions, Actions, Needs. Really fast radio traffic.
On this same note, we have been using clear text radio traffic and it seems to be taking longer to transmit info than using the ten codes. I know many people like the clear text, especially since every agency seems to use a different code. This gets very problematic when interacting with PD, private ambulances and mutual aid.
That being said, I still believe, maybe erroneously, that ten codes are a faster and easier way of talking.
I was reading the V.E.S. posting and one other thing I would mention about V.E.S. is that it is not for everyday, garden variety fire use. It is most appropriate when there is a High or Urgent Rescue Profile; in other words, when there is a very high suspicion or direct knowledge that there indeed is a victim in need of rescue.
I'm a firm believer in V.E.S. techniques, I've performed them and seen them produce amazing results. As you mention, it should be performed by experienced members and only when appropriate based on the specific rescue profile.
Thanks for joining, T111 Tommy Breenan's last assignment. It means the world to me that you, and guys as squared away as you are joining to share your knowledge and talents.
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