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Tornado Response - Engine Company Specific!

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  • Tornado Response - Engine Company Specific!

    Looking to gather information regarding tornado response specific to engine companies. I have plenty of "after-action" reports from EMA's that focus on strategic operations via the EOC, but am looking for information regarding what engine companies should expect/operate for the first 12 hours of response. If your district has responded and subsequently put forth SOP/GOG etc... regarding this, please contact me at the following e-mail address. Thanks!

    Bradley Love
    blove@carmel.in.gov

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    In terms of immediatte action after the tornado, our engines will operate in a search and rescue mode either supporting our single rescue, supporting mutual aid rescue companies or operating with our service companies who caries our saws. They will also respond to any fires.(We don no operate truck companies). After the "emergency phase" passes, expect primarily gas leaks, wires down, transformer response, and EMS calls. We don't have a formal SOP but the command staff has mapped out a plan as to how our engines will be used.
    Train to fight the fires you fight.

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      Originally posted by bmrdude62 View Post
      Looking to gather information regarding tornado response specific to engine companies. I have plenty of "after-action" reports from EMA's that focus on strategic operations via the EOC, but am looking for information regarding what engine companies should expect/operate for the first 12 hours of response. If your district has responded and subsequently put forth SOP/GOG etc... regarding this, please contact me at the following e-mail address. Thanks!

      Bradley Love
      blove@carmel.in.gov
      You can expect to operate in a multitude of capacities, from search and rescue, EMS, or fire suppression. It just all depends on what's hit, and what you can actually get to. Be prepared for EVERYTHING. The biggest thing will be command and control, not necessarily what an engine company specifically will do. The biggest problems are getting resources where they're needed, and keeping track of who's where. Comms may be down, and you will have lots of mutual aid coming in, and they may not know your area. In fact, YOU may not even recognize where you are in a town depending on the damage, all the signs and landmarks may be down.
      In short, I don't think worrying about specific engine company ops is the problem, it's the larger scale of managing resources. Any fire company is going to have to be flexible and versatile, because it's likely that they may be operating independently for a while

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