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; how to execute the tactical missions of engine companies; and, the importance of mastering engine company functions for successful fire attack. ""The Engine Company"" is an invaluable resource for company officers (particularly those with responsibility for engine company operations), firefighters who want a better understanding of the functions of the engine company, and training officers and instructors.
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.
Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Engine company apparatus; Tools, equipment, and appliances; Firefighter assignments; Water supply; Hose and hose beds; Fire attack strategies; Standpipe operations; Big guns and big water; Foam operations; Safety concerns; The rapid intervention team engine; Training; Inspection and maintenance; Scenarios; Glossary; Index.