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    Does anyone have any operating guidelines or policies concerning their air & light trucks that they could share? We do not have any and are runnning into problems with staffing, specifically untrained personnel being assigned to the vehicle which is leading to mechanical issues with the vehicle and equipment coming up missing.

    Any info you could share is greatly appreciated.
    Lt. Dan

  • #2
    Originally posted by LtDanCobbFD View Post
    Does anyone have any operating guidelines or policies concerning their air & light trucks that they could share? We do not have any and are runnning into problems with staffing, specifically untrained personnel being assigned to the vehicle which is leading to mechanical issues with the vehicle and equipment coming up missing.

    Any info you could share is greatly appreciated.
    Policy: Only personnel trained on the air & light truck should respond on that apparatus unless given specific instruction by the officer in charge.

    All done!
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

    "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

    "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ChiefKN View Post
      Policy: Only personnel trained on the air & light truck should respond on that apparatus unless given specific instruction by the officer in charge.

      All done!
      Well said. Our Air Lights are assigned to houses which have the large cascade systems. Members there are all good to go on filling and driving the truck and operating it.


      Once on the scene they open the doors and begin to exchange cylinders. If is cold they start a large urn of coffee. Hot weather they break out the cold liquids.

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      • #4
        We don't have one. Several neighbors have rescues (squads) with cascades and we use them for refills. Generally people tend not to want to deal with the cascade unless they know what's going on with it. That's not to say that there hasn't been the occasional problem with somebody equalizing one of them.

        Most rescues have scene lighting equipment.

        One department in the county has an air support trailer, with a compressor and cascade, but we haven't had a situation that required them to wander over our way.
        Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

        Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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        • #5
          Dido, while we do not have a policy we do only let the people that are actually trained in the use of the unit to operate or tranport it anywhere.
          Front line since 1983 and still going strong

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          • #6
            Unless you are trained on the unit, you are not permitted to operate the vehicle. If you violate this policy, you can be suspended and held accountable for any damage or any missing equipment.

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            • #7
              If dark, turn on the lights.

              If cylinders are empty, fill them.

              Seriously, it is as simple as training personnel to operate it and only allowing them to respond with it. While it may take time , in the long run, it will be worth the effort.
              Train to fight the fires you fight.

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