Why Transitional Attacks are Like a Bunt with Ray McCormack


The transitional attack. Some firefighters swear by it, some swear at it.

The NFPA says it’s a way to soften the target.

Does it help, or does it have the potential to make firefighting harder?

My guest today says a transitional attack is like a bunt in baseball.

Ray McCormack is a 30-year veteran and a lieutenant with FDNY. He publishes Urban Firefighter magazine.

He delivered the keynote address at FDIC in 2009.

Ray’s article: Transitional Attack is Fractional Firefighting

Article: Transitional Attack is Whack

Article: Transitional Attack: When to Use It

Trivia question:

How long is a 24-foot extension ladder when it’s retracted and on the truck?


If you used logic, and said a 24-foot extension ladder is 12 feet long when retracted and on the truck, you’d be wrong.  It’s 14 feet.