Weather you run 50 or 15,000 calls a year, your first due is
rural, suburbs or city, a fire is still a fire. Knowing your first due can make
a difference on being out for a few hours or watching the sun come up with
master streams flowing! Have you ever come up short on that first line and said
“wow it didn’t look that deep” or “wow, glad that wasn’t an actual fire”. We have
all been there and we all have the ability to be proactive and change that to “good
job guys, we kicked ass tonight”!
So instead of watching Superbad with the Live-Ins for tenth
time or for your next company training, load up the Engine Company and head
out. Pick a local target hazard or that garden apartment that appears to have a
set back and stretch some lines. Be ready to answer questions from the
residents wondering if their building is on fire and inform them of what you’re
doing. Most are happy to see the fire department out in the community and a few
won’t, so just “be nice” and explain the scenario again.
Attached are a few pictures of a daylight crew at the
Progress Fire Company just outside Harrisburg
City limits in Dauphin County, PA.
We picked an apartment complex that was known to have set backs and units with
limited access that require long lines. We found that the standard 200’ cross
lay was rendered useless and the 300’ rear pre-connect was the ticket! We also
found a building with 2 story’s in the front and five in the rear. This same
unit also has sliding glass doors with no porches which could pose a fall
hazard to a firefighter trying to find refuge or simply take a break in some
Getting out in the first due also gives you a chance to see
new building construction or renovations to existing structures. Another
interesting find in the first due of Progress is two dollar stores on either
side of the same road. Making the correct right or left can be the difference
in a life or the 2nd due Engine Company taking the first due
Pictures and Story by Matt Miles
Progress Live-Ins stretching the 300'
2 Storys side A, 5 storys on the Bravo,
Charlie and Delta! KNOW YOUR FIRST DUE!
Sliding glass doors with no porches and
five storys to the rear with two on side
First due restraunt with
Void spaces visible just before it was
Make a right off Union Deposit Road
heading East on UD
Make a left off Union Deposit Road
heading East on UD