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Code 3 Podcast: 31 seconds from arrival to water on the fire

Captain Jonathan Hall details the engine company’s need for speed


Chesapeake firefighters battle a blaze at Gabriel Chapel AME Zion Church on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020.

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Practically every study – not to mention common sense – says the fastest way to get a fire out is to get water on the seat of the fire.

Modern-day fires that burn hotter and faster demand the ability to rapidly select, deploy, advance and start flowing handlines.

What’s the best way to get that speed?

Jonathan Hall, a captain with the St. Paul (Minnesota) Fire Department, explains the engine company’s need for speed and what he’s learned about rapid fire attack in his 20 years in the fire service, including serving as lead instructor in the department’s Training Division.

Code 3 is hosted by award-winning journalist Scott Orr, who has covered the fire/EMS/police beat for most of his 30-plus year career in news. He’s worked around the country in both TV and print. Orr was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease over a decade ago, but that doesn’t stop him from interviewing fire service leaders on issues that concern firefighters around the nation.