You're on ladder 26 and responding to a reported working fire at a business. An engine company is already en-route and has beat you to the scene. A few minutes pass, but you have arrived on scene to find the engine company with their hands full. The OIC will surely have a say in what they would like you to do, but it would probably be helpful to be a bit proactive in this situation. But what must be done? What activities would you be responsible for as either the OIC or a member of the company? The answer is simple, remember the acronym LOVERSU.
O- Overhaul and salvage
E- forcible Entry
Of course, our ladder truck carries hose and water, so you may be required to set-up a master stream or even pull a back-up line into the fire building. But at the heart of truck company ops are the activities mentioned in LOVERSU. Truck work is considered some of the most dangerous work a fire company can do. Many larger departments require years of experience on an engine before moving to a ladder truck. We will cover all of these topics as the year goes by.