Fire companies sitting in the cab of their vehicle are not ready for immediate deployment at a high-rise assignment, writes Bill Gustin.
There should always be a functioning Level I Staging Area even if there are not enough firefighters to place in staging. Roger Lunt has details on how to establish this area and who should manage it.
A fiber optic-ready mobile production van began crisscrossing the eastern United States on a 25-city tour this month, rolling from live production in Georgia and heading straight into the March 24 - 26 North Carolina Emergency Management Association conference.
The fireground is hectic and somewhat confusing at best. Setting up a staging area is one solution to managing apparatus and manpower during firefighting operations. Unlike a command post, where the primary command functions are executed by the incident commander, a staging area is where apparatus and personnel report for their respective assignments.