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  • Who uses Quints....??? Serious question!!!

    I can't really go into details on why I am asking at this moment, but, if you can answer my question, I'd appreciate it. Hopefully you'll understand what I am asking.

    What I need, or would like to know is, what is the balance between Career vs Volly dept.'s on the usage of Quints. Are Quints more favorable for the Volly dept's so they can buy one rig to do 2 things, instead of buying 2 rigs, and only needing one per a specific call. Basically, to save money. How many Career dept's use a Quint, and why???

    I'm not asking that you got it to fit your needs, but the difference between Career and Volly dept's, as to which one would have the most Quints.

    I don't mean this to be a loaded question. Just who favors the use of Quints.

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    In Virginia, our bell curve is a little off, since we have the City of Richmond with it's 20 quints (all career department). Truth be told, there aren't a lot of departments in VA that are using quints as "quints," although there are a lot of aerials with pumps & tanks that are still just considered to be a truck company, and are dispatched as such.

    I've done a ton of traveling and photography throughout our fine Commonwealth, and I'd have to say that most of the few quints we have are being operated by career departments.
    Last edited by BoxAlarm187; 02-16-2011, 02:39 AM.
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    • #3
      My career FD has 2 75 foot quints. They were used to eliminate 2 engines and 2 ladder trucks.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
        In Virginia, our bell curve is a little off, since we have the City of Richmond with it's 20 quints (all career department). Truth be told, there aren't a lot of departments in VA that are using quints as "quints," although there are a lot of aerials with pumps & tanks that are still just considered to be a truck company, and are dispatched as such.

        I've done a ton of traveling and photography throughout our fine Commonwealth, and I'd have to say that most of the few quints we have are being operated by career departments.
        Out of curiosity, what is the manpower on your quints??? If you have a worker, single worker (box alarm), how many quints are sent???

        Originally posted by FyredUp View Post
        My career FD has 2 75 foot quints. They were used to eliminate 2 engines and 2 ladder trucks.
        How well has that worked out for you guys??? Both for manpower and how they are used??? Do they also respond with EMS calls???

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        Last edited by FIREMECH1; 02-16-2011, 04:24 AM.
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        Originally posted by EastKyFF
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        • #5
          Career department has 2 quints and 2 straight trucks. All are utilized as truck companies first and foremost. All are housed with a pump company. Low staffing levels may see the pump companies in those houses browned out with the quints taking on their workload, it doesn't work out so well.

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          • #6
            The city (career) we are adjacent to has six 4-person straight truck companies. The surrounding departments that run quints are combination. Four run the quints as first-due engines, we run the quint as a second piece but it will be designated as the first due for some specific occupancies in the near future.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
              Out of curiosity, what is the manpower on your quints??? If you have a worker, single worker (box alarm), how many quints are sent?
              Check with board member RFD21C, he works there (I'm with a department next door). Listening on the radio though, I believe most box alarms get 4 or 5 quints, staffed with 4 each. They also get one of the three rescue companies. I'll let him provide specifics, though.
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              • #8
                We have 2 quints that were supposed to be staffed with 5. 5 Crew members are rarely assigned and normal minimum manning is 3. 5 crew members on these units is impractical as there is far from a decent amount of room in the rear. I think the quints are like a multi-tool they do a whole lot of everything, but they do not do any thing well. That being said I don't think I would ever but any type of aerial device without a fire pump.
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                • #9
                  Firemech: We are a volunteer dept. that has gradually evolved from a "City Service" Mack (1936) to a 75 ft Snorkel (1967) to a 100 ft KME tower (2007) with a 2,000 gpm pump & 300 gal tank. The reason for the move to Quint, was because it was always necessary to assign an engine to the Snorkel to supply the master stream device. By using a quint we could effectively use the engine as either a water supply (our hydrant spacing is 1,000 ft.) or assign it to attack status on on the C side. We continue to operate this as a ladder (second due on structures) and not as a combination attack/ladder.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by KuhShise View Post
                    Firemech: We are a volunteer dept. that has gradually evolved from a "City Service" Mack (1936) to a 75 ft Snorkel (1967) to a 100 ft KME tower (2007) with a 2,000 gpm pump & 300 gal tank. The reason for the move to Quint, was because it was always necessary to assign an engine to the Snorkel to supply the master stream device. By using a quint we could effectively use the engine as either a water supply (our hydrant spacing is 1,000 ft.) or assign it to attack status on on the C side. We continue to operate this as a ladder (second due on structures) and not as a combination attack/ladder.
                    Basically you got a quint to work as a ladder without the need of an attack pumper to supply water to it. Got it.

                    From the posts, alot more career dept's have quints, than I thought, or imagined. Really surprised to see that, to be honest.

                    Why the question/info:

                    The problem is complex for our area. Especially when EMS runs are involved. Out of 27 stations, 16 have med units. 7 of them have an engine and a aerial. If you replace an aerial and an engine with a quint, you take one or the other out of contention to be a life or property savior. All EMS runs are accompanied with one or the other. Use a quint, game over.

                    Found out last night, that the City Council approved our request for 3 engines and an aerial. Good news.

                    To see how bad our inventory is, you gotta see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kLqe...er_profilepage

                    Thanks all for the posts, much obliged.

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                    Last edited by FIREMECH1; 02-17-2011, 03:10 AM.
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                    "Firemens gets antsies. Theys wants to goes to fires. Sometimeses they haves to waits."

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                    • #11
                      $1.89 mil sounds awfully thin for a ladder and 3 engines.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by chiefengineer11 View Post
                        $1.89 mil sounds awfully thin for a ladder and 3 engines.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by npfd801 View Post
                          Who is building them?
                          Toyne will be building them. If interested, I have the bid specs for the engines and ladder. Otherwise, here is the .pdf for those that made bids for the equipment. The aerial is a single axle, 75 footer.

                          http://www.cityofomaha.org/cityclerk...5/Fire/162.pdf

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                          I'm the one Fire and Rescue calls, when they need to be Rescued.

                          Originally posted by EastKyFF
                          "Firemens gets antsies. Theys wants to goes to fires. Sometimeses they haves to waits."

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                          • #14
                            We are a small rural fire department with automatic aid with four other fire departments. We just got a 55' telesquirt with a 1,250 pump and 500gallon tank. It is our main unit and we use it in the quint concept. We decided this would give us and our automatic aid departments more option depending on the fire.
                            Our fire district is all one story homes usually between 1,000 and 2,000 sq feet. We have no commerical areas at all. We also run mostly water shuttle for water supply. We have only had the unit 7 months so we haven't used the ladder for roof venting yet but we have certainly been training alot on it. Most of the firefighter show up POV.
                            On the automatic aid fire departments have a town of 4,000 with stores commerial areas, churches and much larger homes. We are the only "ladder" in the county. Over the last several years the county as had some comercial fire were an arial was really need but none was available. So far it has worked well for us.

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                            • #15
                              Vol department, 2 stations. 1 station has 105' Pierce TL and an engine. Other station now has 2 engines.

                              Station 1 runs rescue engine first due, station 2 runs the TL first due.

                              It is designed/operated as a ladder that can pump it self. On occasion, like this morning, it can/will operate as an engine.

                              No EMS runs for the department.

                              Crew on the TL is daytime 3, evening/night 6.
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