ith the challenges facing today’s American fire
Technical rescue for the suburban
service, organizations are faced with the task
of becoming a “one-stop shop” fire depart-
ment. Many suburban fire departments across
the country experience many of the same challenges: Staffing,
apparatus, specialized equipment, and response capabilities
may be a few of the areas we find ourselves short in. We have
the same residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational
features (or risks) that many of our brothers and sisters have
in the urban/metro setting. At the end of the day, when we
are faced with a trench, rope, confined space, industrial, or
water incident, we must be capable or have the resources
available to effectively mitigate the situation. In this article, I
will look at four areas that will provide assistance with
allowing you to effectively respond to and manage incidents
in your area.
BY MATTHEW STELLE
RISK POTENTIAL IDENTIFICATION
Begin with conducting a thorough analysis of your coverage area as well as your department. Step one should start
with looking outside the walls of the fire department in your
• Identify and list the known hazard and potential risk loca-
• Determine the types of hazards these locations could
• Determine how you would currently respond to one of
• Based on the risks identified, determine if you should
adjust your current response plan.
• Ascertain if you have the equipment and qualified person-
nel capable of handling an incident. If you do, how long
can you effectively operate before you need support?
Don’t be afraid to think
and look outside the box.
(Photo by A/C Tom Turner.)