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 the beginning, when we have a significant fire, “you’re gonna wanna put water on it!” Or in the words of Billy G., “Put water on it before you run out of house!”
All of this is simple and basic, but we must focus our practices, policies, procedures, training, and efforts on improving our performance speed and efficiency. This includes pre-response, response, and on scene so we can proactively get water on the fire “until there is no more fire!”
 Paul Sullivan is chief of the Weber Fire District. He has 42 years combined
fire and EMS experience, including 21 years with the Chandler, Arizona, Fire Department, where he retired at the rank of battalion chief. He has been a certified emergency paramedic for 40 years, currently holding certifications
in both Utah and Arizona. Paul has been a fire service instruc- tor for 30 years, teaching command, WMD, truck company operations, leadership, and other topics.
Paul has an associate’s in fire science, a bachelor’s in public safety administration, and a master’s of public administration from Northern Arizona University.
  the process of fireground operations (like hose lays) and (b) set times
for them. By “orchestrate,” we find that each step from and around the apparatus to around the scene can be set to focus individuals on single tasks with the minimal amount of wasted time and motion (Frederick Winslow Taylor discovered this principle in “Time and Motion” studies). Companies who know these standards can practice them enough to where they can repeat them with efficiency. They then can be tested to ensure this efficiency.
How Much Water to Apply
We are all well aware of the Fire Flow Formula (LXW/3 +...) for figuring out how much water is needed on a given structure. While most of us may never actually use this formula, it teaches us one important lesson: a single 1 3⁄4" at 150 GPMs will not cut it for most fires! As mentioned at
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