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As engine companies stretch and operate hoselines, success is totally dependent on the officer, crew members, and their ability to function as part of a team. Through proper training and operation of hoselines in training situations, skill mastery can be developed.
It may sound funny, or even a little annoying, to be dispatched to a residence for a strange odor that turns out to be burnt popcorn or a persistent skunk, but strange odor calls must be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. Greg Jakubowksi discusses the search process for calls of this nature, and provides search tips on where to look and possible odor sources.