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Steve Robertson: The Engine Companies Guide to Winning. Stretching for Success

The students shall be exposed to aspects of “go” and “no-go” situations. During “go” situations, students will be given critical knowledge of what it takes to win the fight. Starting with positioning of the apparatus, size-up, and line selection. A special emphasis will be placed on the pace of the attack, water flow while advancing, and using the reach of your stream inside the structure. Additionally, overcoming difficult stretches and dealing with knee wall fires will be discussed. The fire service continues to have close calls and LODD’S due to rapid fire growth. Within the modern fire environment we must throw more water than BTU’S being produced. Whether it’s interior or a transitional attack, bottom line….WATER WINS!!

Steve started his fire service career in 1988 as a volunteer fire fighter. He became a full-time fire fighter in 1991. In 1993 he began his career with Columbus Ohio Division of Fire and was assigned to Ladder Co. 1. From there Steve went to Squad 23 for a year before going to Engine Co. 2. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2002 and was assigned to the Relief Officer position in the first Battalion. In 2010 Steve was detailed to the Training Academy in charge of the Division Operations program. He then took an assignment at Engine Company 18 where he still currently serves. For the past 25 years Steve has also been a state certified Fire Safety instructor as a member of the State of Ohio Fire Training Committee.

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