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    At the dpet. I was with we had pre-assigned tasks with the seat we were assigned to for that shift. My preferred tools if not assigned them already are the irons. I prefer truck ops, I like the search part of the fire more than the suppression, guess I'm weird like that.


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    In our rural volunteer dept, no seats are assigned a specific tool or task. Each truck officer assigns tools/tasks to each rider en route or on scene.

    I do two questions though. How many of you guys have either water cans or extinguishers on your trucks? We have neither, but are looking into changing this. Also, do you regularly take a can/extinguisher off the truck with you, to be used as a tool?

    Typically for us, if there are flames at an incident, we break out a hose (either 1.75" or 2.5"). But, I can definitely see the case where just a can/extinguisher would do the trick instead of the hose.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skojo View Post
    In our rural volunteer dept, no seats are assigned a specific tool or task. Each truck officer assigns tools/tasks to each rider en route or on scene.

    I do two questions though. How many of you guys have either water cans or extinguishers on your trucks? We have neither, but are looking into changing this. Also, do you regularly take a can/extinguisher off the truck with you, to be used as a tool?

    Typically for us, if there are flames at an incident, we break out a hose (either 1.75" or 2.5"). But, I can definitely see the case where just a can/extinguisher would do the trick instead of the hose.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    ~Skojo
    Each of our apparatus carries at least one 2.5 gal. PW, a dry chemical extinguisher and a CO2 type. Unless a line is pulled initially at least one firefighter on every run carries the can (PW) or another extinguisher (electrical odors, FOTS) depending on the information given. The position of "can man" is assigned on every tour and takes an extinguisher and a 6 foot hook.

    In the course of a year we will use an extinguisher on more runs than hoselines. Between wastepaper baskets, stove fires, electrical issues, small debris fires, etc., there are many times when a hose stream is not the best extinguishing tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skojo View Post
    In our rural volunteer dept, no seats are assigned a specific tool or task. Each truck officer assigns tools/tasks to each rider en route or on scene.

    I do two questions though. How many of you guys have either water cans or extinguishers on your trucks? We have neither, but are looking into changing this. Also, do you regularly take a can/extinguisher off the truck with you, to be used as a tool?

    Typically for us, if there are flames at an incident, we break out a hose (either 1.75" or 2.5"). But, I can definitely see the case where just a can/extinguisher would do the trick instead of the hose.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    ~Skojo
    Our engines, and trucks, carried 1 pressurized water ext., 1 press. water w/ foam for class B, one dry chem ext., and a CO ext. Usually we would pull a water can (press. water ext.) for small fires such as waste baskets, small back yard (illegal) trash fires, dryers, etc. Actual fire with any kind of extention, we pulled a line.

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    The officer grabs the small crowbar and the firefighter grabs the really big crowbar.

    Seriously, we don't have tool assignments. It's situational as each company does not have pre-assigned tasks due to manpower levels, response time and differing experience/training levels.

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    Yes, they are very useful for handling small incipient fires. You can generally get water on the fire faster (which limits damage) and use MUCH less water than a hose (also reduces property damage) or use no water at all. It also allows you to return to service much quicker.

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    I for one am a big advocate for the PW can. Whenever we roll into something in investigation mode, I'll bring the can with us. Have knocked down many small fires with it. 2 1/2 gallons of water goes a long way if you've been trained to use it right.
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    On our engine the privates come off with a 3' halligan and a 4' drywall hook. i come off the truck with the TIC and a 35" TNT tool. If the FEO gears up he brings a pickhead axe, but he generally stays and operates the engine.

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    We have no riding assingments What side of the truck you get out on says what tools your closest to and you grab the tool your next to

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