The Engine Company

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Fire Engineering Books, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 180 pages
In his new book, Battalion Chief Salka, a nationally recognized speaker and author with years of service in several career and volunteer departments, looks at both the similarities and differences in the engine company operations practiced by fire departments throughout the United States and discusses in detail the equipment, staffing, and operations of engine company firefighters at structural fires and emergencies in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

In this book, Salka teaches readers:
* The abilities and limitations of engine companies, depending on equipment, staffing, and water supply
* To execute the tactical missions of engine companies
* The importance of mastering engine company functions for successful fire attack.

The Engine Company is an invaluable resource for firefighters who want a better understanding of the functions of the engine company, and training officers and instructors.
 

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Contents

Big Guns and Big Water
89
Portable Multiversal
90
Master Stream Safety
92
Positions for Master Streams
93
Super Pumpers
94
Foam Operations
95
Types of Foam
96
The Foam Nozzle
98

Tools Equipment and Appliances
9
Nozzles
10
Hose Clamp
11
Spanner Wrenches
12
Hydrant Plug
13
Hose Straps
14
Medical Equipment
15
Personal Tools
19
Firefighter Assignments
21
The Engine Officer
22
Responding
23
The Nozzle Firefighter
24
Nozzle Operation
25
The BackUp Firefighter
27
The Door Firefighter
29
The Control Firefighter
30
Dead Load Control
31
Water Supply
33
Hydrants
34
Dry Hydrants
37
Drafting
38
Large Diameter Hose
39
Tanker Shuttle
40
The Portable Reservoir
41
Hose and Hose Beds
43
Hose Selection Pressure and Water Flow
45
Hose Beds and Stretches
48
The Preconnected Hoseline
54
The Dead Load Hose Stretch
58
Fire Attack Strategies
59
Multiple Dwellings
61
HighRise Buildings
66
Commercial Buildings
69
Basement Fires
71
Vehicle Fires
72
Flow Meters
74
Standpipe Operations
77
The Standpipe Nozzle
78
Supplying the System
79
Selecting the Attack Stairway and Preparing for Attack
81
Standpipe Hose Stretches
82
Advancing the Attack Hoseline
83
Standpipe Difficulties
85
Damaged Outlet Threads
86
WindDriven Fires
87
The HighRise Nozzle
88
Mixing Foam
99
Special Foam Apparatus
100
Compressed Air Foam Systems
101
Safety Concerns
103
Personal Protective Equipment
104
Bunker Gear
105
The Hood
106
The Gloves
107
Engine Company Hazards
108
Loss of WaterReduced Pressure
110
Adequate Water Flow
111
Collapse
112
Hoseline as a Rescue Tool
113
11 The Rapid Intervention Team Engine
117
Tools and Equipment
118
Air
119
Power Saw
120
Thermal Imaging Camera
121
Stairway Operations
122
Hole in the Floor
123
Training
125
When to Train
126
Where to Train
127
In the Firehouse
128
Hoseline Stretching
129
Coupling Connections
130
Laying a Supply Line
131
Other Training Concerns
132
Inspection and Maintenance
133
Tools Equipment and Facilities
134
Engine Apparatus
135
Nozzle Maintenance
137
Scenarios
139
Fire in an Attached Private Dwelling
140
Fire in a Multiple Dwelling
141
Fire in a Commercial Building
143
Fire in a Detached Private Dwelling
144
Fully Involved Private Dwelling Fire
145
ShaftAlley Fire between Houses
146
Fire in a Fireproof HighRise Building
147
Fire in a Commercial Building
148
House Fire with People Trapped
149
Glossary
163
Index
171
About the Author
179
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About the author (2009)

John Salka is a 29-year veteran of the FDNY and is a battalion chief in the Bronx, where he is the Battalion Commander of the 18th battalion. Chief Salka is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer, lecturing and instructing at local, state, and national fire service conferences on an array of subjects. In addition to these presentations, he leads a team of hands-on instructors that delivers dynamic training programs on firefighter survival, rapid intervention, and other bread-and-butter-type tactics to firefighters across the United States and Canada. Chief Salka is an accomplished author and a member of many fire service organizations.

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