FIREHOUSE: With a proposed new entrance examination being designed under a court order, how long do you estimate it will take before the department can hire new members? KILDUFF: Right now, the written portion of the entrance exam is scheduled for late February through March. After the written...
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KILDUFF: Many of our units are now enhanced apparatus that have additional equipment and training and are bundled to provide flexibility into our “tiered-response” matrix. For instance, 33 ladder companies are trained as Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC) Units for rapid victim removal from a contaminated area and 33 engines and ladders are teamed up for gross decontamination capabilities. In addition, 25 ladder companies are trained as Special Operations Support Ladders (SSL) and respond with a second vehicle for technical rescue or hazmat incidents. These units are also deployed for an all-hazards event such as a hurricane or ice storm. Other units double up to provide enhanced communications, high-rise firefighting equipment or water-rescue capabilities. By “layering” the capabilities of resources, we can fully address life safety at the local level and have resources available for a larger event. n