Proper Supervision for Every Crew

Problem

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

NFPA 1710:

“5.2.2.2.2 Each company shall be led by an officer who shall be considered a part of the company.” (p. 9)

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