About 12:50 AM last night the tones came through for "reports of a house fire." I bolted down to the firehouse, geared up and was the 2nd one on the engine, giving me plenty of time to put my pack on and settle in. AJ started yelling names of who he wants on each nozzle, but he musta gotten confused cause he named like 5 or 6 people and we were all confused. Jeff G grabbed the first nozzle when we got there and ran. I grabbed the second one and ran with it as Ricky pulled it off the reel. The reel even got stuck at one point but he got it.
When i got to the rear of the house I saw the fire, which was a big square on the aluminum siding. I realized no one brought tools at all, and I saw AJ run and get a water can as the water to the hose was delayed (unprepared.) I went and got tools and when I came back, me, Bob G and John P went inside and started chipping away at the wall behind the fire, looking for extension.
John and I then ran to the other rooms to look for the electric box. When we got to the kitchen, to my utmost suprise there was a lady standing there calmly looking through a drawer. We yelled at her to get out. We then went to the basement where, once again, no one was prepared. I got a water can and met them inside and we did a quick search - no fire. We went back upstairs and saw yet more people. A black guy who was very calm, we told him to leave. Then his wife I saw in the other room and told them to all get out, and she casually walked past.
As I've been saying to AJ all along, we should have designated seats for the nozzle-men, reel pullers and tool/water can men. In that order, these positions must be filled using the men that we have to avoid confusion. Constantly reels aren't getting pulled, or tools / water can are forgotten cause everyone thinks someone else will get them. People are too hyped up to run to the scene to see what we have and things are left behind and undone.
I'm going to bring this up to him soon.