Every crew member counts

Fire stations vary in the number of fire firefighters sent out on runs. How effective are different size crews at extinguishing residential fires? To better answer this question, a landmark study has been conducted by a consortium of fire researchers led by the national fire institute of standards technology. This study takes an in-depth look at the effects of engine arrival times, the spacing between subsequent engines and the different fire growth rates among two, three, four and five person crews. Each crew was timed performing 22 standard tasks in responding to a fire.

Click the video below to see first hand results of this study that could help communities better determine the number of fire stations and fire fighters they should have ready to respond.