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  • 3 man Dept. Engine VS Truck?

    I work on a small combo. dept. we have 3 firefighters (1-2 full-time and 1-2 part-time) on at all times. We have a engine and a 100ft mid mount platform/ quint. Our SOG's now state Truck 1st due on Commercial and Multi-Family dwellings and engine on everything else. Some in the dept. feel we should be responding to everything in our engine because of low man-power. Any thoughts.
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  • #2
    I would think that taking the quint first due makes sense. You get both the ladder and the pump to the scene. Of course I'm not taking into account hydrant availability, manpower or other details.

    Of course someone will point out that there isn't much that you can do with 3 people anyway.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Eng34FF View Post
      I would think that taking the quint first due makes sense. You get both the ladder and the pump to the scene. Of course I'm not taking into account hydrant availability, manpower or other details.

      Of course someone will point out that there isn't much that you can do with 3 people anyway.
      I agree with taking the quint. The 2 firefighters can advance a hoseline and the MPO can engage the pump set the pressure governor and then raise the stick if needed or ladder the building other wise.

      If immediate rescue is needed have the quint with its ladders and other tools on scene make far more sense to me.

      I guess I would like to know how quickly the POC's arrive. That could make a difference in some cases.
      Last edited by FyredUp; 11-19-2010, 03:19 PM.
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      • #4
        You raise an interesting point. After carefully reviewing the situation, I have come to the conclusion that you should follow your department's response SOGs and stop attempting to impose your individual views on the "Esprit De Corps" of the proud fire service.

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        • #5
          thanks for the input
          Last edited by ffgluss; 11-22-2010, 05:33 PM.

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          • #6
            Cross Staffing Idea

            If the report is a single story, single family dwelling, F/G, F/V or a M/A then take the Engine. If it is a commercial, industrial or multi-story dwelling, T/C, R/Q, W/S (Water Salvage) then take the Truck. As far as Mutual Aid calls, take what is asked for.

            It's kinda hard to give direction when we do not know how each piece is equipped.
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            • #7
              Seems like there is a lot to take into account. I am assuming if you have commercial and multi residential you have hydrants avaible in the close vicinity. That would be my only concern is the water source with the quint, atleast the aerials we use don't carry much water and most of that gets used carging lines where as our engines carry a lot more but if you can get hooked into a hydrant fast that would not be an issue or if you know you will have an engine quickly behind you. No point in having an aerial if you are going to be dry once you push water through all the pipes. As for the 3 person initial responce I would assume all you can do is pull lines and start an exterior attack, with the 2 in 2 out anyways.

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              • #8
                As for the 3 person initial responce I would assume all you can do is pull lines and start an exterior attack, with the 2 in 2 out anyways.
                I don't necessarily agree..... Laddering, pulling RIT tools, setting-up Exposure Line(s), Forcible Entry/softening the Building, Utility Control, limited Salvage Operations, making a Grab, establishing a Water Source are all things that can be done with a (3) person Crew. It sucks to be short on Manpower, I get it. There is no reason to think "we're just a (3) person Crew, what can we do?"
                "Be LOUD, Be PROUD..... It just might save your can someday when goin' through an intersection!!!!!"

                Life on the Truck (Quint) is good.....

                Eat til you're sleepy..... Sleep til you're hungry..... And repeat.....

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                • #9
                  Good point Mikeyboy, I would have better worded in saying all you can do with the water is an exterior attack. You are right there is plenty to do without spraying any water and be that much ahead once more personnel arrive. I did completely forget exposure protection though which you could do with the limited manpower.

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                  • #10
                    So goes the first line goes ........... you know
                    Get the first line into operation.

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                    • #11
                      How well is your quint laid out? Is it a truck with a pump and a hand line or two and a small tank or a full quint that was really designed for interior attack with the unit?

                      We run a 110' mid mount quint platform with a 500 gal tank, 4 1 3/4" and 2 3" lines off of it. It also carries 1000' of 5". As it it, the truck runs first on all residential alarms, fires, etc and second due on sprinklered structures.

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                      • #12
                        3 man Engine vs. 3 man Truck

                        From a Truck Officer point of view, I would opt for the Truck to be first due at everything because of all of the options that you have. You can go into fast attack mode just like you can with an Engine or you can go into rescue mode with your ground ladders. Another thing that sticking with one piece of apparatus does is that it gives all of you the comfort of knowing what is expected on what type of alarm. Why should I have to ponder on which apparatus to take? Anyone will tell you that if you take one piece for this type of call and another piece for another type of call, it is just a matter of time until you get caught with the wrong apparatus. But, if you just bring the same apparatus to everything you will be much more comfortable with that apparatus and its' capabilities as well as limitations. And as far as mutual aid, every department around you would love to know that they can depend on you and your crew for a certain piece of apparatus at all times and not just if you happen to be on it for that day or that alarm. Reallistically, you can get a mutual aid Engine from just about anywhere, but Truck Co's are becoming as rare as diamonds. Also, an apparatus with people on it does not make a Company regardless of how many or how few you have. A True Company is a group of members who ride together, work together, and strive together to accomplish a common goal based in trust in one anothers' abilities and confidence in one anothers' loyalty to the crew.

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                        • #13
                          can the truck get its own water?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AbduNur View Post
                            Another thing that sticking with one piece of apparatus does is that it gives all of you the comfort of knowing what is expected on what type of alarm. Why should I have to ponder on which apparatus to take? Anyone will tell you that if you take one piece for this type of call and another piece for another type of call, it is just a matter of time until you get caught with the wrong apparatus.
                            I think AbduNur has a great point. Our department purchased a 110 foot truck, (that happens to have a small 300 gal water tank and small hose compliment.) We were able to get minimum staffing for main station to be a 4 man company. The problem is they are cross manning with with the engine on medicals and the truck on fires. Also like Abdunur pointed out sometimes the engine gets called on the way home from a medical and the needed truck is left sitting in the bays. If you can use one piece of apparatus I would go for that method and stick with it.

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                            • #15
                              How far behind are the volunteer staff that brings the second-due? I assume it's volunteer staff, at least, since you stated you're a combination department.

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