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    Default Ladder Co. on Extrication calls

    My dept just changed our response for pin-ins. We used to run heavy rescue and engine, now we are going to run ladder and rescue. The reason is for any type of accident that might require a below grade pt raise out and we carry more rope/rigging on our ladder. Just wondering if anyone else does this or any other ideas that can be applied. Ladder has 500 gal tank so it will be used for a hand lines.


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    Not sure how you define a rescue, some places call their ambulances a rescue.

    I've seen other counties run ladder trucks to MVA's. In those cases, the tools are carried on the ladder trucks and a rescue squad is not available or is farther away.

    In our area, the heavy rescue squads carry about the same as far as rope rescue is concerned. I'm not sure that there is a real difference either way as long as they have the same tools available. The difference may be in the availability of the trucks. Around here, trucks are a little more spread out and it would be tough to have them occupied on the off chance that the vehicle is down a grade. That may change if you have a lot of accidents that are below grade.

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    Augusta-Richmond County, GA runs this way. I am not sure if they send an engine and a truck to a MVC or just the truck, but truck companies do extrication. They also staff a medium duty ALS rescue that carries full extrication tools as well as air bags to back up the truck companies if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    Augusta-Richmond County, GA runs this way. I am not sure if they send an engine and a truck to a MVC or just the truck, but truck companies do extrication. They also staff a medium duty ALS rescue that carries full extrication tools as well as air bags to back up the truck companies if needed.
    Engine and Truck to any extrication, with either the Rescue (I use that term lightly) or another Truck to provide backup/extra tools.

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    My department sends an engine, truck (or quint), ALS ambulance, and a battalion chief on all entrapment responses. If the entrapment requires heavy lifting, specialized techniques or equipment, or just more manpower, our Heavy Rescue will go as well. We have a hazmat unit that functions somewhat like a heavy rescue on the north end of the county, too.

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