i was just wondering if
i was just wondering if
No, Not at all.
Of the 17 fire companies/departments in our county fire zone, four 4 have aerial devices of some kind, 6 have rescues, 5 have tankers, a few have brush units, boats, or other specialty units, and everybody has engines.
Companies tend to have a specialty or two, in addition to basic engine company capabilities, and mutual aid agreements/arrangements are used to get the right kinds of apparatus to the right kinds of calls. Equipping everybody with a ladder (or a rescue) would be prohibitively expensive, stretch staffing, and be a classic example of overkill.
3 stations, 4 pumpers, 2 rescue, 3 brush, 2 tankers, 3 ambulances. No ladder. All mutual aid depts have ladders if we need. There is an increase in commercial development with the talk of a large mall going in. We do have a hotel that is slated to begin construction, so talk has started in regards to purchasing a ladder truck.
East Haddam has 3 stations, 3 pumpers, 1 tanker, 1 engine tanker, 1 heavy rescue, 1 mini-pumper, two brush trucks and two ambulances. No ladder. Two of our mutual-aid towns have ladders and they are called in on major fires. East Haddam doesnt really have a need for a ladder so what is the sense of buying a ladder if our mutual-towns have them? I say, let them spend the half-million dollars on the ladders, so that we dont http://www.firehouse.com/interactive/boards/biggrin.gif Just my thoughts... Everyone be safe,Peace!
East Haddam F.D.
East Haddam Connecticut
When your largest building is two-stories tall, you sure don't need a ladder-truck!! We have one available on mutual aid, but a small vol. dept. like ours can make much better use of the money elsewhere!!
We are in the same boat as SRVFD2 no need for one and don't have a whole bunch of the green stuff floating around for the luxuries. We operate with 2 engines, 2 tankers, a brush truck and a light rescue/ service truck. We purchased another tanker but do not have it in service yet,hopefully operational before too long.
The career department I'm on has Three Pumpers, One Hazmat, One Rescue, Two Ambulances, and multiple trailers, but no Ladder. This is out of one station.
The town of Lewiston has 2 aerial devices, 1 100' ladder and a 85 or 100' platform. My station has 1 engine 1 tanker 1 rescue pumper and an ambulance. No ladder. If an aerial device is needed we will call mutual aid. then again nothing in our area is over 3 stories tall.
Shawn M. Cecula
Lewiston Fire Co. No. 2
Not every station in my vollie county is has a truck. Fortunately, I'm in one of the 4 (out of 12) that does. The way we work it is that anyone can ride the truck. It's just a matter of how many people are there when you get there. We've also got 2 pumpers, a squad, a brush jeep, and a brand new F-350 brush/EMS truck. It's too bad you don't get to play the role of a splinter head every once and a while.
When the trucks cost between $700,000 and a million dollars, don't ever think you are alone. As long as the tallest ladder on your engine's will reach your tallest structural roof than you don't need one. And if the day come's that you need a taller ladder to reach it, than look for a way to purchase a taller ladder if it is only one building. Their is an old saying in the fire service: When the aerials go up the building's go down! Don't be in a hurry to spend this much money on a truck until you are in need of it.
We have an aerial ladder, it works great for
painting the flagpoles !! snowball out!!
San Gabriela and San Marino do not have ladder trucks, Out here everyone operates a TDA Truck we don't we have an 89 Rear Mount LTI
No, your're not alone, we don't have one either. We don't need one. There are 4 ladders or towers within 8 miles and at least 3 more within 15 miles.
Bay Ridge Fire-Rescue
Queensbury, New York
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As most of the previous replys indicate, NO, you are not alone. We are a small outfit in central NH. We run two engines, a foresty unit and a ALS ambulance, 425 calls a year, no ladder. We have a ladders available from two neighboring depts., the other two neighbors also rely on Mutual Aid, which is almost SOP on any working structure fire up here. Several previous depts. I belonged to looked on Mutual Aid as a dirty word, like admitting defeat. Thank God the outfits up here don't. We utilize the other towns assets on one hand, and offer our assets in return to them when needed. It is good to see depts. cross train with their neighbors and work together more easily when the "big one" come in. Our mutual aid system is all programed through Fourth Alarm. If we need a ladder, we tell them, and they take it from there. Keep safe...
Hey Everyone... In my Dept. (www.mcfd.org) we have 4 fire stations. All stations have engines but 2 stations specialize in engine co. and truck co. and the other 2 specialize in engine co. and rescue co. All of our stations have squads for EMS/manpower.
No aerial here. Just a wobbly 40ft fibreglass ladder!
Our FD is volunteer and serves a small community where the highest structure is 3 stories. We have 2 pumpers, a pumper/tanker and a reserve pumper and are looking at a quint or a snorkel type apparatus to get a master stream in over some of the larger roof areas in town.
We don't have one either. There is 1 that we can get on from the city dept but the county doesn't own one. And it is going to bite us on the ***** one of these days. The ladder the city is older than I am by 10 years or so, and spends more time broke down and out of service than in service. Thank God we don't need it but once or twice a year.