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  • tree68
    I brought riding positions up in my department, but the chief at the time was worried about his ego, so what I presented was met with "that won't work here," and "just because some department in Maryland does it doesn't mean anything."

    The detractors also were worried that if Joe Schmo was't available, then who would ride in that seat? They didn't get that it wasn't the person - it was the task that was assigned to the seat. Whoever sits in the right bucket get the nob.

    Engine - Chauffeur as always, crew chief in right front, nozzle in right bucket, hydrant/forcible entry in left bucket.

    I use the term "crew chief" because it represents the function, not the rank, and calling it the officer's seat (which I still do sometimes in conversations) causes some people to think that if you're not an officer you can't sit there. I feel that if a firefighter is capable of fulfilling the role, he/she can occupy the seat.

    Particularly in a smaller volunteer department, there may not always be an "official" officer available. But that past chief (or other officer), now back to being a line firefighter, certainly should be able to handle it.

    One person even suggested that we should let the "new guy" sit there to help him be excited about being a firefighter... Let him run the siren and the air horns!

    One career department I know of puts the lead EMT for the shift in the right bucket.

    One of our members attended the NFA a year or two ago and riding positions was a topic that was discussed.

    If there's a problem with it around here, it's that sometimes we can't fill all the seats at all, especially during the day. An engine coming in with two people (counting the driver) isn't going to be effective as an engine or a truck. Water supply, maybe.

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  • Skojo
    started a topic Truck assignment based on seating position

    Truck assignment based on seating position

    Morning folks,

    I was recently listening to a good 2-part webcast from Fire Engineering called "Truck Company Operations Without the Truck." One of the points made by the speaker was the importance of having pre-assignments based on FF seating positions in the truck. For example, the rear-passenger side position carries irons/water-can, the rear-driver side throws ladders, etc. This could be for truck companies, engine companies, or smaller depts that don't have formal engine or truck companies.

    Anyhow, I was just wondering if there are any fire depts (especially small volunteer depts) that practice this, as I like the idea. My small volly dept doesn't do this - it's up the officer (front right seat) or driver to assign these tasks en route. I'd like to change this and bring back suggestions based on what others are doing.

    In case you are interested, you can listen to the recordings at these two webpages:

    Part 1 - https://event.webcasts.com/starthere...7e&sti=event2a

    Part 2 - https://event.webcasts.com/starthere...8e&sti=event2b



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