Being a volunteer fire chief with a rather large response area (26 square miles); I am not only often first due on an alarm but also might be tasked with operating alone for some time before the “cavalry” shows up. Whether it be an EMS alarm, motor vehicle accident or structure fire I need to make sure I have the equipment on hand to handle the alarm until apparatus begins to arrive. I thought it would be interesting to show how I have my vehicle set up. You might be able to take some ideas for either your vehicle or apparatus to make sure you are “Set Up For Success”.
A) Bunker gear, helmet, SCBA, flashlight and portable radios.
B) Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
C) Reflective vest, chief’s Hat and a small kit that contains through the lock forcible entry tools, elevator keys, glass punch and assorted small hand tools. Also keep spare gloves, nomex hood; and believe it or not…sunscreen. Being fair-skinned it really comes in handy sometimes!
D) Medical bag: A complete BLS kit with oxygen, cervical collars, bleeding control, oral glucose, albuterol, aspirin, BVM, latex gloves and anything else you can think of to manage an immediate life threat for an adult or pediatric patient.
E) Command Board: slide out white board with storage underneath that I keep pre-plans and other pertinent information for certain addresses throughout district.
F) Thermal imaging camera.
G) EMS gear and PCR board.
H) 2 ½ gallon water extinguisher.
I) Dry chemical extinguisher, set of irons, officers tool and bolt cutters.
As you can see, I have a well-rounded compliment of equipment that enables to me to operate at basically any type of alarm if I was arrive ahead of any other apparatus.
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Until next time, be safe.