When firefighting, each crew has its own job to do, and must operate independently and simultaneously – engines drag hoses in to put the fire out, truck crews crawl in to search for fire and victims. While these crews are laser-focused on their mission in an often rapidly deteriorating environment, it is critical that a qualified supervisor is there to ensure their safety and effectiveness.
Right now, 2 of our three ladder companies operate unsupervised about 70% of the time. This forces members to make decisions for which they are uncertified, uncompensated, and at times too inexperienced.
What the Experts Have to Say
“184.108.40.206.2 Each company shall be led by an officer who shall be considered a part of the company.” (p. 9)