View Poll Results: How do you carry your cones?

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  • We carry just five (or more) cones on your apparatus.

    24 48.98%
  • We carry five on each rig, and have a utility vehicle that carries more.

    15 30.61%
  • Only have cones on a utility or fire police vehicles (none on our engines or ladders)

    3 6.12%
  • We don't carry any.

    7 14.29%

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    I was doing some research on traffic cones for my department and wanted to know how different departments carry cones. I know NFPA requires five per rig but looking for some additional input on how different departments due things.

    1. Do you carry just five (or more) cones on your apparatus? Any additional cones would mean another apparatus is needed.
    2. Do you carry the five cones (or more) on the apparatus; have additional cones on a utility or fire police vehicle for that response to accidents for traffic?
    3. Only have cones on a utility or fire police vehicles (none on our engines or ladders)?

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    we carry about 13 cones on or light rescue and thats it for the dept. our engines dont carry cones, just flares and other small traffic control devices. the light rescue also carries various road signs too

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    Our trucks vary. Career department has 8 on engines, 12 on trucks and the rescue. We also have a carrier that slides into the Reese hitch on our utility truck or a battalion cheif's Tahoe that has 6 signs and I think 20 cones that can.

    On the Vollie side, we try to keep at least 3-4 on the engine and 12 on our squad. I'm looking at building a carrier like mentioned above for extras.

    In either case, it's nice that we have a MoDOT barn nearby that can be there in a very short time to help with traffic control.

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    Don't forget the apparatus, It is a big traffic cone and parked cross wise will block all traffic!
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    We have the collapsable cones. Each engine and truck has 10 of them.

    Chiefs vehicles and ambulances have 5.

    Police Cars have 5.

    Rescue has 30.

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    We carry whatever happens to be on the truck at the beginning of the shift.

    How many do we really need? We're not setting up for a bicycle rodeo. I agree, use the big red cone. Need more than that call the big d**b cop.

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    We carry a bag of 5 of the collapsible cones on each engine and tanker
    we have 3 bags of 5 of the collapsable cones on our rescue engine along with other traffic control devices
    none on any of our brush trucks(no space or use)
    the rescue(carry all) unit has probably 20 or so regular cones on it
    all our cones are 24" tall with the two reflective strips
    there is also an assortment of cones in one corner of the station used mainly for incidents that require more cones or for other non incindent related activities (these cones range in size from 12" to 36"tall, 1 stripe, 2 stripes, and no stripes)
    Puttin the wet stuff on the red stuff!

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    We have 3. That's enough.

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    10 on each truck. 36" with duel reflective bands to meet the MUTCD standards.


    Quote Originally Posted by len1582 View Post
    We have 3. That's enough.
    For what? A kids fire house competition?
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    The engines and tankers each carry at least five each, both rescue trucks carry 12, and the chief trucks carry 5 collaspibles cones.

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    The engine is a big red cone. If it's not big enough, we bring out the ladder.

    (By SOP, on "highway" responses a ladder company will respond as a safety company. Even for minor incidents. Main responsibilty is to block traffic/create a safe work zone.)
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    We have a few on the rescue, and some on the utility.

    All of our roads are two lane. If traffic is going to be a problem, we just shut it down.
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    Like YFDLt08, we happen to carry whatever is on the rig at shift change. Sometimes it's a lot. Sometimes it's not. My engine does carry one of those ridiculous pink "Traffic Emergency Ahead" signs.

    I don't personally use the sign -- but not because it looks goofy. In all seriousness, no one has been able to tell me how to deploy it safely when we're the only company that has one. Do I pass an accident so that it's in the proper lane? Should I stop in traffic and cause a hazard so I can put out a sign that warns people of a hazard ahead? What lane does it go in if the accident is at the intersection of two four-lane roads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpita View Post
    The engine is a big red cone. If it's not big enough, we bring out the ladder.

    (By SOP, on "highway" responses a ladder company will respond as a safety company. Even for minor incidents. Main responsibilty is to block traffic/create a safe work zone.)

    Although this can make for some long Friday and Saturday nights ( and rush hour, and holidays, and....) if your house is near a highway, it is one of the best policies ever adopted. We went to it about a year and a half ago or so. I don't know if I ever would have considered it one way or the other if it hadn't been for my brother transferring to a company near mine. Something about knowing he was safer out there on the highway...
    Being on the highway gives me the willies the way fire never will.

    We had those collapsing cones for about 45 minutes before the first knucklehead ( and the second, and the third... ) on the first run we used them destroyed them all. Junk.

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    Each rig carries five, plus we have a "blocking" SOP as well. See pic for example of great traffic control...
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    5 on each engine. 10 in the Chiefs truck, or however many we find on the side of the road.

    MODOT tells us that they can't guarantee a response in less than 2 hours - and more in incidents like ice storms. Often quicker, but sometimes 2 hours or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    we used to carry move but gay firefighters keep taking them home for "bar stools."
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    Each of our engines (we have 3 engines) carries 10 or more, our heavy rescue carries about 15 or so, our tender carries 2 or 3, and I carry 2 in my truck. They are all the tall 36" cones with two bands or reflective striping on them.

    We set up the same temporary work zones recommended by the Dept. of Transportation like pictured above. Seems to work good and us much much safer than how operated years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFDGloWorm View Post
    Each rig carries five, plus we have a "blocking" SOP as well. See pic for example of great traffic control...
    What is the purpose of the goofball standing on the yellow line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YFDLt08 View Post
    We carry whatever happens to be on the truck at the beginning of the shift.

    How many do we really need? We're not setting up for a bicycle rodeo. I agree, use the big red cone. Need more than that call the big d**b cop.
    Unfortunately,depending on your State that MAY not cover you under the law. It won't here you need signs and pre/post incident area coning. Crock of dung,but I didn't write the law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireinfo10 View Post
    What is the purpose of the goofball standing on the yellow line?
    Funny,I was asking myself the same question. Shouldn't be there unless the road is completely shut down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireinfo10 View Post
    What is the purpose of the goofball standing on the yellow line?
    That would be called a TARGET?

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    Yeah, road was shut down, that's a Troop-troop in a Tahoe in the only open travel lane holding traffic. Trust me, he moved when the lane was opened up.

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    Thanks for that Info.

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    We don't use Cones. Enough Apparatus, and I can shut down any Highway, no matter how big it is. We do not concern ourselves with ANYTHING other than Safety for ourselves, our Co-workers out there, and the Patients. Maryland Law allows us to shut down the Road, and we usually do. Unlike a lot of States, If it's Bleeding, Burning, or Smelling Weird, It's our Ball Game. Law Enforcement is in charge when we say they are, not before. And, This Works very well here. Law enforcement is too busy (and Shorthanded, usually) to worry about Traffic Control so they do the investigation stuff and that's about all.
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