Another use for tankers/water tenders
After a recent large multi-agency wildfire, a common problem once again arose. We had trucks from multiple agencies spread out over a large area, and within those trucks were the EMT's and Paramedics from the various volunteer dept's, along with their equipment. On several occasions firefighters were in need of medical attention,most commonly either oxygen or eye flushing, but the only equipment was either tied up on units engaged in fire operations, and the Command Post was a bit of a drive. Also, the ambulances were out on other calls, and the med-birds were not flying due to wind conditions. After thinking about the problem, it occurred to me that there is one unit that is usually centrally located across the various fire zones..the tanker. The solution? Fully equip the tankers with medical equipment...and I mean fully. Backboards, burn kits, eye flush kits, multiple O2 tanks...the works (we are fortunate enough at our station to have a 4 door cab tanker). Usually there is either a medic manning the tanker, or close enough to assist if needed. This allows medical supplies to be more centrally located when the need for them arises.