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    Default Ladder Truck Using Air Horn While on-scene of an Active Fire??

    First off, I'm new to the forum. Hope I posted this in the right place. Aspiring police officer, but always curious to learn more about fire fighting!

    I saw a house fire a few weeks ago and one of the ladder trucks blew his air horn 4 or 5 times. The aerial ladder wasn't being used and it didn't look like there was an interior crew. Any ideas on why they did this?

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    we don't do it in my department but I believe it means everyone out of the building, switching to a defensive operation.

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    Might have sounded just in case some free-lancing dork wandered in.

    Might have also stepped on the button, as some of our guys tend to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeightsFF View Post
    we don't do it in my department but I believe it means everyone out of the building, switching to a defensive operation.
    Sort of.

    Typically several long blasts of the apparatus air horns means that an emergency evacuation has been ordered. This is usually followed by a switch to defensive operations, however it is not meant to indicate that change, but rather that personnel inside the building need to immediately leave because an imminent collapse is suspected or conditions have rapidly changed and are no longer "safe" to be inside the building.

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    Back in the day before everyone had portable radios, three blasts meant "send the water" to the hydrant man or piece on the hydrant.
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    The truck skipper had the horn wired to his phone so he wouldn't miss the call for OT the next day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    Back in the day before everyone had portable radios, three blasts meant "send the water" to the hydrant man or piece on the hydrant.
    Back in the day? Still happens in my Department...
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    Thanks for the responses thus far. Interesting.

    This is excactly what I heard for those who are wondering -->

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss8Xf...ailpage#t=273s
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    In our dept, 21 blasts means send the water and 22 blasts means evacuate. Easy system.
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    22 1/2 here. Gotta get that 1/2 release timed just right or crew thinks it's 23. Don't want that happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    Back in the day before everyone had portable radios, three blasts meant "send the water" to the hydrant man or piece on the hydrant.
    Hydrant MAN???
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    In Prince George's county if the air horn is activated, it is a signal to evacuate the structure. Not sure about other area's since I've never had the opportunity to ride with them.

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    Some nearby departments use that as an "evacuation alert".

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    Only thing I could think of right off the bat would be a possible collapse.

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