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n this edition of “KTW” Captains Kemp, Wynne and Hing discuss (1) back-up fire attack considerations, and (2) why captains


fail to earn the respect of their commands. These topics and experienced-based opinions should be points of discussion for all of us.


Operational question: Tell us your tactical consid- erations and actions when given a “Back-up Fire Attack” assignment on a Single Family Dwelling?


CII Kenny Kemp, FS 21-B: When assigned Back-up F/A I initially consider the district where the fire is located as we’re enroute. This keys me in on various tactical considerations depending on the area and occupancy trends. I also listen to radio communications in an effort to determine the extent of fire and the progress being made by the initial fire attack company. I’ll direct my company to lay-a-line and then develop a hoselay from the most suitable engine. Generally, for aboveground residen- tial fires I lean towards a 1¾” handline and for ground level residential fires a 1½”. When as- signed Back-up F/A my goal is to locate and determine the extent of the fire prior to entering the structure, and then to follow-up the primary F/A handline of the company I’m backing up. I will co-locate with the company I’m


assigned to back-up at which time I’ll identify my assignment and myself. I’ll update the fire attack officer on conditions I’ve observed from the outside and get his input on the operation/ progress being made. From here I develop a coordinated attack on the fire while consider- ing search and rescue, checking for extension, pulling ceiling, etc.


“Once promoted, captains can no longer be the jokester, prankster or locker room mascot.”


40 • July 2015


CII Steve Wynne, DPU: A Back-up F/A as- signment supports the efforts of an interior fire attack company already in place. Tactically, I would secure a supply from a separate hydrant and then advance an additional handline along with taking a pike pole to the entry portal. I would determine who I’m backing-up and sup- port their actions by pulling hose, pulling ceil- ing, providing additional GPM, etc. to support their efforts. Like all other assignments, Back-up


F/A requires a disciplined team approach. We will enter through a different portal or proceed in a different direction, and not advance over


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