Senior Engine Companies Fire/EMS Departments
First I would like to start by saying that I believe that the senior guys should be able to ride the engines and go on fewer calls.
But, we were at a fire last night and we are starting to notice a pretty scary tend in our area. Our engine crew was two guys with about 15 years experience, one with about 8 and a captain with close to 20. All guys were under 41 and in good shape. The other departments tend to put all the older guys on the engine instead of the squads so that they can g on less calls. I completely understand that EMS is the bulk of our calls. That logic makes sense.
What we were noticing was that since these engine crews were so much older, are we really doing a disservice to not only the people that we serve, but to the firefighters and their families as well? In reality, these guys move slower, and tend to not be as aggressive as may need be in order to get in and get out.
Some sort of compromise needs to be made. The main concern was that are we going to be killing more firefighters by sending the older guys to all of the fires? This is not a rant about "I want to play too". This is purely a safety concern.
In an all fire only department, everyone has to go to work at fires. In combination departments, there are other options for older guys to be able to be put in a less physical role....sometimes.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.