First Due Command/Fast Attack Mode

Do your Drivers/Engineers carry two radios when First Due? Why is this critical for communications? How does this assist the Company Officer and/or responding Chief? How does your Driver carry their radio? Why is this sometimes better than the CO carrying two radios? Why is this better tha just being on scan?

4 thoughts on “First Due Command/Fast Attack Mode

  1. The Driver should always have a radio on the channel THEIR Officer is on. The radio strap is a must. I tried using the clip and got tired of it getting knocked off when pumping.

    As far as assisting every set of ears listening is that much better. Should the crew get in a extreme fire event that knocks their radios out the Driver would be key to relaying to the incoming Chief.

    As far as two radios unfortunatley sometimes it is a necessary evil.

  2. Not sure I understand the reasoning for a DE with two radios.

    In our area, all units assigned to an alarm are on the same tactical channel, and all comms are done on that channel. The only two possible exceptions would be a mayday event, or an incident in a large building where we have to relay via VHF. In either case, an additional officer would be assigned to command to relay.

    After switching my portable to the assigned tac channel, I take the radio off of scan. Even with a “priority” function, transmissions can be partially covered by another channel while on scan.