Thread: Rescue Company Riding Positions
02-08-1999, 10:39 PM #1e33Firehouse.com Guest
Rescue Company Riding Positions
Looking to see how Fire and Rescue Depts handle riding assignments. Do you have predetermined positions on the rescue or do you divide tasks on arrival. We handle fire and rescue roles, so we are trying to implement riding assignments which can serve both roles. Any input would be appreciated. SOP' can be e-mailed to me at email@example.com. Be safe Guys and Gals, and thanks for your help.
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02-25-1999, 12:23 PM #2BC WhiteFirehouse.com Guest
Curently we do not have SOG's on each position, so right now it's up to the officer on the apparatus. As on most incidents, the more information known, the more defined the assignments by the officer. Our minimum staffing is 3, and assignments change based on crew size.
On extrications (we work out of a 20' walk-in on a Freightliner), the firefighter exiting the back of the rig usually grabs the step chocks. The officer will complete his size-up, and the chauffeur begins to set up the truck.
We designed our Rescue very much like a side mount pumper. 95% of the extrication equipment is on the drivers side.
The driver first sets the PTO generator before leaving the cab, then starts at compartment 2 where the breakers are flipped on and the air cascade and reels charged. An air chisel (pre-connected to a 200' air reel) and saw-zall (also pre-connected to a 200' reel) is pulled off and staged. Next is compartment 3 to start the simo pump for the tools and pull off the tools.
We keep the chauffeur with the truck at all times to trouble shoot any power or equipment problems.
Equipment is staged according to the order it will be needed.
The glass tool and patient blanket should come off the truck before the rams or "L" brackets, because as we all know, access should be gained after the car is stable.
03-08-1999, 11:53 PM #3Tim SchaffnerFirehouse.com Guest
We Run Twin rescue/pumpers. Our assignments do vary by staffing levels but the basics are the same.. driverside pos. set up and operate hydrulic/air tools. While oicside stabilizes and provides electric for tools or port. lights we also do 1st response ems work. when 2nd unit arrives normally they bring port hyd. tool up and stage it at tool staging, then are assigned as needed. As always no tool work till vehicles are stabilized and major hazards are addressed.
03-09-1999, 08:14 AM #4Robert OlsonFirehouse.com Guest
As we all know extrication is a specialized assignment. Currently our Department operates out of a Marion/Spartan 27' medium duty walkthrough.
Our department has the driverside established as the rescue side of the truck (which seems standard).
Currently we are set-up with the following assignments: Driver establish electrical generation with on-board PTO generator. Establish hydraulic power unit (TNT) stay with apparatus for trouble shooting.
Officer establish command & scene management.
Firefighter completely stabilize vehicle and establish patient contact. Firefighter/Officer start extrication process with assistance from the arriving Engine Co.
Next due, Engine Co. pulls 1-3/4" crosslay for protection and assists where needed.
Current extrication assignment Rescue Co. an Engine Co. & Truck Co. as needed.
03-26-1999, 01:54 AM #5CHF1Firehouse.com Guest
I've been considering riding positions also.We run a rescue/pumper with all
tools on driver's side & in the rear compartment. We are all volunteer with a min.
staffing of 3. We also divide assignments "en route". Any comments pro or con
[This message has been edited by CHF1 (edited March 26, 1999).]
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