Ben, we average 6 working structure fires per year. Honestly, I dont recall us having to do a rescue. Knock on wood! Isnt any reason to not prepare and train to do them regardless. I am sure the reasoning in big agencies with multiple crews functioning in many different roles works.
What is your priority? If it is search and rescue, you want tools, a hose slows you down. If you find the fire tell the engine where to go, and keep moving. Vent Enter Search is the fastest, safest and best chance for a viable vic. Get in and get out.
Thanks for the info, chief. I apologize for not looking up your department profile, but do you guys run engines only, or do you run truck and/or rescue companies?
Also, what kind of structures do you protect, what population numbers, and what water supply?
All of those things go into how you operate, obviously. I'm just trying to get a sense of how your operations and tactical choices are affected by your department's and town's
"fire protection demographics".