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  • Who doesn't have a "Q"?

    After reading an article on the frontpage of Firehouse here I had to wonder, who doesn't have a Federal Q siren on their firetrucks? I can understand not having the mechanical siren on attacks and brush's, but the big pieces should have it for sure. Every department I've been too has had a Federal Q on the bumper of their engines and trucks.

    So...who doesn't have one? And if you know why, why?

    BTW, I'm all for having an electronic siren too, but it shouldn't be the primary on an engine.
    106
    Nope, only electronic
    33.02%
    35
    Q and another electronic
    57.55%
    61
    Q only
    7.55%
    8
    Something other than a Q but still a mechanical
    1.89%
    2
    Fir Na Tine
    Fir Na Au Saol

  • #2
    As much as I like them, as does everybody else, we do not have them. Why, I dunno. I think it's "one of those things" that are easy to cut out of the spec's to save a dime. I'll go hide in shame now

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    • #3
      we have them on all our trucks except our heavy brush/engine (cross between a firetruck and a brush truck)

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      • #4
        to the COPS theme song...

        Bad specs bad specs
        whatcha gonna do
        whatcha gonna do
        when they cut the "Q"

        Bean counters give you no breaks
        electronic sirens a mistake
        drivers on the cell phone bad trait
        And ya can't hear electronics over a subwoof bass


        Bad specs, bad specs
        whatcha gonna do
        whatcha gonna do
        when they cut the "Q"

        You know that you need the "Q"
        to clear the traffic for you
        with the Grovers sounding in tune
        you'll be getting to the fire real real soon!

        Bad spec, bad specs
        whatcha gonna do
        whatcha gonna do
        when they cut the "Q"
        ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
        Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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        • #5
          Oh...my...god

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          • #6
            Originally posted by CaptainGonzo
            Bad specs bad specs
            whatcha gonna do
            whatcha gonna do
            when they cut the "Q"

            Bean counters give you no breaks
            electronic sirens a mistake
            drivers on the cell phone bad trait
            And ya can't hear electronics over a subwoof bass


            Bad specs, bad specs
            whatcha gonna do
            whatcha gonna do
            when they cut the "Q"

            You know that you need the "Q"
            to clear the traffic for you
            with the Grovers sounding in tune
            you'll be getting to the fire real real soon!

            Bad spec, bad specs
            whatcha gonna do
            whatcha gonna do
            when they cut the "Q"


            LOLOLOL

            you have way too much time on your hands.

            thats pretty good tho

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            • #7
              First off good one Cap

              Now back to the original question. All apparatus with the exception of staff vehicles have them along with electronics. We do have one unit with an electronic Q, it just is not the same

              A firetruck is not a firetruck without a Q
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              EVERYONE GOES HOME
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              • #8
                Originally posted by CaptainGonzo
                Bad specs bad specs
                whatcha gonna do
                whatcha gonna do
                when they cut the "Q"

                Bean counters give you no breaks
                electronic sirens a mistake
                drivers on the cell phone bad trait
                And ya can't hear electronics over a subwoof bass


                Bad specs, bad specs
                whatcha gonna do
                whatcha gonna do
                when they cut the "Q"

                You know that you need the "Q"
                to clear the traffic for you
                with the Grovers sounding in tune
                you'll be getting to the fire real real soon!

                Bad spec, bad specs
                whatcha gonna do
                whatcha gonna do
                when they cut the "Q"
                I'm impressed!

                I only wish I could actually hear you sing it.
































                ...Or do I?




                Kevin
                Fire Lieutenant/E.M.T.
                IAFF Local 2339
                K of C 4th Degree
                "LEATHER FOREVER"
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                "Fir na tine"

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                • #9
                  I rode with a dept last year that had 1Q and twin 100w electronics (Magnum), W/ a 200watt backup (intersection siren)
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                  FF II
                  Hazmat Operations
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                  The light at the end of the tunnel has been temporarly shut off due to the current work load. The Mangement

                  When all else fails USE DUCT-TAPE!!!

                  My views posted in this fourm are my personal views only and do not reflect on any agencies that I am afiliated with.

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                  • #10
                    2 of our engines have a Q plus an electric and air horns. 1 engine, the rescue, the ambo and the tanker all have electric sirens and air horns, no Q. The brush truck, suburban, and van only have electric and the boat dosent have any.
                    Do a little dance, make a little rum, Italian Ice! Italian Ice!

                    Actual lyric: Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight, get down tonight.
                    (KC & The Sunshine Band "Do A Little Dance")

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tbonetrexler
                      2 of our engines have a Q plus an electric and air horns. 1 engine, the rescue, the ambo and the tanker all have electric sirens and air horns, no Q. The brush truck, suburban, and van only have electric and the boat dosent have any.
                      That's it, the boat must, I repeat MUST, have a Q. How else are you going to get those darn swimmers out of your way?
                      Fir Na Tine
                      Fir Na Au Saol

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                      • #12
                        Thanks Cap, now I'll have that tune stuck in my head for the rest of the day.
                        -------------------
                        "The most mediocre man or woman can suddenly seem dynamic, forceful, and decisive if he or she is mean enough." from "Crazy Bosses"
                        -----------------------------------------------
                        Genius has its limits, but stupidity is boundless.

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                        • #13
                          split

                          our first response engine has one and an electronic. Our newest unit, a 1500/4000 tanker also does, but it rareley ever runs so its a bit of a waste. Our ladde which is also first due, does not have a q, but on the upside has an electronic and a bell, which I think works.

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                          • #14
                            All of our engines and ladder have Q's, electronics, and air horns. My two engines have bells too (but no whistles).
                            "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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                            • #15
                              Uh Huh................

                              With apoligies to Cops....


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                              I don't have the url.com handy, BUT the Fire Department in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin has the answer to every Q lover's dream...... TWO on each piece.
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                              Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

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