Here is a quick and easy drill for this week. If your engine company has a deck gun that is capable of being portable and ground mounted, this is for you.
Pull into an open parking area, and set out some cones or a stationary “target” 300 feet away from the rig. It is even better if there can be a couple of twists or turn obstructions while you are at it.
Set up the gun 300 feet away from your rig as if you were ordered to get it in position into an alley for exposures or to the “Charlie” side for a heavy stream.
Once the gun is in place, charge it and flow tank water.
How long did it take you and your crew?
In a small department, did it take two companies to do it?
Is there an easier way to do it?
Do you have a BLITZFIRE gun, have you looked at them?
Can the gun be mounted on the rear step for easy access?
If you do not have a ground mounted gun, use a similar drill and put some cones out 100 feet from the apparatus, have the driver get into position with the rig, and operate the gun from the top and hit the right cone, then swing left twenty feet or so and hit the left cone to simulate directing a stream in an alley operation. Time that also and see how you did. Have the driver repeatedly try and spot where the top mounted gun has the best angle and use.
Deck guns are not used all the time, but when they are it is usually “the big one”. Those rare high risk, high hazard low frequency events when time means everything.
You don’t have to do it all the time, but when you do this little 1 hour hands on drill you might just make a difference and might make you the company that the chief is always happy to see at a big job!
And besides we both know that you can do it better and faster than….
The other shift……..the guys and gals at engine XYZ…….the neighboring department etc..
Pete Lamb @ Copyright 2012
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