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  • #16
    Chad, CDL requirements change state to state and in some cases (Fairfax Co) county to county. FX has been granted a waiver of requirement for FD personnel when driving FD vehicles only. In most places a CDL requirement is based on either maximum vehicle weight or the number of axels on the unit. You'll have to check with your specific department to get the "correct" answer.

    As for gas.... not my problem, but we are funded by the county for that, so I don't think there will be much problem.
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    • #17
      To the original question - no runs have been curtailed due to fuel cost.

      Originally posted by MalahatTwo7
      Chad, CDL requirements change state to state and in some cases (Fairfax Co) county to county. FX has been granted a waiver of requirement for FD personnel when driving FD vehicles only.
      Hey Malahat - I'm curious (and this is in no way a jab at you) but who is their waiver from and why / how is it specific to FX county?
      The Code of VA. already (partially) exempts Emergency Vehicles from being defined as a "Commercial motor vehicle" therefore making us as operators exempt from the normal CDL requirements anyway.

      The following shall be excluded from the definition of commercial motor vehicle: any vehicle when used by an individual solely for his own personal purposes, such as personal recreational activities; or any vehicle which (i) is controlled and operated by a farmer, whether or not it is owned by the farmer, and which is used exclusively for farm use, as defined in § 46.2-698, (ii) is used to transport either agricultural products, farm machinery or farm supplies to or from a farm, (iii) is not used in the operation of a common or contract motor carrier, and (iv) is used within 150 miles of the farmer's farm; or any vehicle operated for military purposes by (a) active duty military personnel, (b) members of the military reserves, (c) members of the national guard on active duty, including personnel on full-time national guard duty, personnel on part-time national guard training, and national guard military technicians (civilians who are required to wear military uniforms), but not U.S. Reserve technicians, and (d) active duty U.S. Coast Guard personnel; or emergency equipment operated by a member of a firefighting, rescue, or emergency entity in the performance of his official duties.
      from § 46.2-341.4. Definitions.
      http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp...cod+46.2-341.4

      I say partially because of the "in the performance of his official duties" portion. Depending on the lawyer & judge - making a run to the grocery store or to/from the repair shop may or may not fall under the blanket of "official duties" - therefore you may technically need a CDL in VA - however the likelihood of this ever becoming a problem (unless you were doing something else dumb / reckless / or otherwise just plain wrong) is pretty much nil.
      Take Care - Stay Safe - God Bless
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      • #18
        That was how it was explained to us during my EVOC trg. Privately it made no sense to me.... but then a lot of things that FX Co does makes no sense.
        If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

        "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

        "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

        Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

        impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

        IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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        • #19
          We are from an oil and natural gas community so the high price of gas has increased out budgets 3fold.



          The next logical conclusion is that it has increased the budgetsof middle east terrorists 10 fold.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by MalahatTwo7
            That was how it was explained to us during my EVOC trg. Privately it made no sense to me.... but then a lot of things that FX Co does makes no sense.
            Ahhh - Gotcha - makes much more better sense that way.

            I couldn't for the life of me figure out who they would be getting a waiver from.
            Take Care - Stay Safe - God Bless
            Stephen
            FF/Paramedic
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            • #21
              Originally posted by NYSmokey
              Where would you get the biodiesel from? I saw a show on one of the discovery channels about it. The guy made it in his barn. They said that the exhaust smelled like the mexican restaurant they got the grease from. We all know that there is no shortage of fast food grease in this country!
              I saw that episode--convinced me not to try a biodiesel conversion. You just about have to be a chemist to brew the fuel. I was truly impressed with the effort he put forth to refine the used oil.
              earl

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              • #22
                There was a Mythbusters Episode using used, strained Kitchen oil in a desiel truck. It didn't get quite the mileage of diesel, but considering they got it for free it seemed like a good deal.
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                • #23
                  Well..............

                  Originally posted by NYSmokey
                  Where would you get the biodiesel from? I saw a show on one of the discovery channels about it. The guy made it in his barn. They said that the exhaust smelled like the mexican restaurant they got the grease from. We all know that there is no shortage of fast food grease in this country!
                  My Mechanic says that Fast Food Type Fuel will lead to your 8V71 Detroit getting Colon Cancer. He also says that Colon Cancer is not covered under GM's warranty......... Since he only works on real Diesels, he doesn't know about Cummins, Ford, or IH.
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by hwoods
                    My Mechanic says that Fast Food Type Fuel will lead to your 8V71 Detroit getting Colon Cancer. He also says that Colon Cancer is not covered under GM's warranty......... Since he only works on real Diesels, he doesn't know about Cummins, Ford, or IH.
                    I think your mechanic is confused....he meant to say that Fast Food Grease gave him Colon Cancer! A friend of mine runs the bio stuff in his Chevy - after one week he had to replace the top filter as the Bio gave his truck an enima. After that it ran fine - he still uses it with no problems. Its just as expensive as the regular stuff here however.

                    Oh...and I would put my 05' 3500 Dodge Cummins up against any ol GM or Ford any day!
                    Last edited by SSTONER; 07-21-2006, 04:43 AM.
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