Memo from the main street: find the “corner”
By Joe Pronesti, Chris Tobin and Alexis Shady
It’s been several years since I’ve been in a geometry class, but a valuable learning tool was shared with me by Lex Shady who hit me like a ton of bricks: See a triangle, see a void. It’s a simple concept that can be easily applied in the field while doing just about anything from driving your personal vehicle around the neighborhood to responding to emergency medical calls and more. The application of this concept makes it possible to recognize and perhaps anticipate or completely stop a fire which crosses a residential or commercial building.
Much of our industry today is based on new technology and data. It is good to know that sometimes a simple little geometry reminder can help you just as much as a UL field study.
JOSEPH PRONESTI is the chief of the fire department of Elyria (OH). He is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Chiefs Program and a Senior Instructor at Cuyahoga (OH) County Community College Fire Academy. He frequently contributes to fire departments’ publications and websites, including Fire engineering, FireEngineering.com and FirefigerNation.com.
CHRISTOPHE TOBINE is a firefighter assigned to St. Louis (MO) Fire Department Rescue 2.
ALEXIS SHADY is a firefighter / paramedic with the Richmond Heights (MO) Fire Department.
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