3 man Dept. Engine VS Truck?
I work on a small combo. dept. we have 3 firefighters (1-2 full-time and 1-2 part-time) on at all times. We have a engine and a 100ft mid mount platform/ quint. Our SOG's now state Truck 1st due on Commercial and Multi-Family dwellings and engine on everything else. Some in the dept. feel we should be responding to everything in our engine because of low man-power. Any thoughts.
3 man Engine vs. 3 man Truck
From a Truck Officer point of view, I would opt for the Truck to be first due at everything because of all of the options that you have. You can go into fast attack mode just like you can with an Engine or you can go into rescue mode with your ground ladders. Another thing that sticking with one piece of apparatus does is that it gives all of you the comfort of knowing what is expected on what type of alarm. Why should I have to ponder on which apparatus to take? Anyone will tell you that if you take one piece for this type of call and another piece for another type of call, it is just a matter of time until you get caught with the wrong apparatus. But, if you just bring the same apparatus to everything you will be much more comfortable with that apparatus and its' capabilities as well as limitations. And as far as mutual aid, every department around you would love to know that they can depend on you and your crew for a certain piece of apparatus at all times and not just if you happen to be on it for that day or that alarm. Reallistically, you can get a mutual aid Engine from just about anywhere, but Truck Co's are becoming as rare as diamonds. Also, an apparatus with people on it does not make a Company regardless of how many or how few you have. A True Company is a group of members who ride together, work together, and strive together to accomplish a common goal based in trust in one anothers' abilities and confidence in one anothers' loyalty to the crew.