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    Does anyone have any information on the Chicago Squad Companies? All I really know about this is that they are two piece companies. I would like to know the staffing, responses, and and purposes of these companies. If anyone would have any photos please share. Thank you in advance! We are looking to start or something similar to this in my department.


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    Ill ask my dad he was on squad 1 and i'll get back to you

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    Thumbs up It All Depends......

    If you are just looking at Chicago, Ignore this. On the other hand, This is what a Squad is, in the Mid-Atlantic area. These are called "Rescues" in some parts of the Country, but not here. A Squad is a "Do Whatever It Takes" type of outfit, handling everything from Auto Extrication to Major Train Wrecks to Firefighting. Figure out what kind of work you want to be capable of doing, then figure out what you'll need to do it, then figure out what you will call it. But Whatever direction you take, Good Luck with it.........
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    There is a good chance that your squad will not have to perform the same tasks as Chicago's squad, FDNY's squads or even Hwoods squads.

    Sure you can use them as a very generic template for the kind of work your squad could possibly do, but you have to look very closely at your response area and your responses, and based on that determine what you need your squad to be able to do.

    Here we do not use squads. We Rescue's.

    The rescue at my combo company is designed around vehicle extrication including heavy truck as cover 10 miles of interstate, high angle as we cover a refinary with potential high angle needs and light water rescue. it also serves as a service truck for structural fire operations and carries a cascade.

    (Psssssssssssssssst .. It's smaller than Harve's by one axle)

    It carries very basic haz-mat supplies as the LA State Police is responsible for haz-mat operations beyond small fuel spills and broken/damaged natural gas meters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    There is a good chance that your squad will not have to perform the same tasks as Chicago's squad, FDNY's squads or even Hwoods squads.

    **Good Point**

    Sure you can use them as a very generic template for the kind of work your squad could possibly do, but you have to look very closely at your response area and your responses, and based on that determine what you need your squad to be able to do.

    **And, Always over estimate the amount of "Cargo" Capacity.... You always end up carrying more stuff than you thought you would.**

    Here we do not use squads. We Rescue's.

    **Terminology??**

    The rescue at my combo company is designed around vehicle extrication including heavy truck as cover 10 miles of interstate, high angle as we cover a refinary with potential high angle needs and light water rescue. it also serves as a service truck for structural fire operations and carries a cascade.

    **Got any Railroads?? That increases equipment needs big time**

    (Psssssssssssssssst .. It's smaller than Harve's by one axle)

    **Your Call...... But, Size Matters**

    It carries very basic haz-mat supplies as the LA State Police is responsible for haz-mat operations beyond small fuel spills and broken/damaged natural gas meters.

    **Haz-Mat here is totally a FD thing, Even the Bomb Squad is FD operated. **
    We agree on most quite a few points here, and the point that a FD's Locale and Environment is the deciding factor on what to buy and use is right on Target.......
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