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    What is a watch desk?
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    The place where whoever's on watch takes phone calls, makes notes, and writes down dispatch info for calls.

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    So, is one of the on duty firefighters supposed to be in the watch office at all times?
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    I think they stay there for there shift unless the unit they are assigned to gets hit for a call, then he/she will leave the watch desk for that amount of time. I'm not sure though.
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    The watch desk concept is used differently by different departments. For example, my department does not have an official watch desk. We have a combined police / fire / EMS dispatch center where all emergency calls are received, dispatched, and followed. Other departments in our area have a 9-1-1 answering point which transfers the call to the watch desk and a fire department member will dispatch the appropriate units. I'm not really good at fire department history, but my impression was that the watch desk concept came from the way that alarms were transmitted in the old days using pull boxes on street corners. The alarm would be transmitted and the person at the watch desk would decode it and dispatch the appropriate units.

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    If you ever get a cahnce to go to a big city, visit one of their firehouses. It is usually a room that overlooks the bays, and has a computer/ TV and a phone, and other things. A person would be in there at all times, and would recieve the alarms for that company, and then would inform the rest of the company of the location and nature. The guys would divide up the night into between 1 and 3 hour shifts, where they would have to be on watch. They are not used so much anymore, because of printers having the address written down, and also the claksons, and other things that now can wake firefighters up in the middle of the night.
    I know in NYC there is usually a guy in there all day, I am not sure about at night. During the day, he awnsers the phone, and will do other oddd tasks.
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    yea i visited fdny ladder 6 , engine 9 , and satelite 1 and the first person i talked to was the guy at the watch desk once u walked into the firehouse it was right by the door i went in there and infact it had a tv computer phone the whole nine yards. the guys there were really kewl and when i was there they got a call for a working structure fire.

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    its where the house watch fire fighter sits.
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    What is the house watch firefighter?
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    its the firefighter that sits in the room and takes all the calls and alarms and everything.

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    were the fdny guys cool to u being a junior and all. i would love to be a jr. for fdny that would be awesome (dont know if they have explorers, cadets, or jr.'s)
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    when i went they were really kewl they showed all around the firhouse introduced me to all the guys there and talked about everything there. we wouldve have kept talkin but they got a call for a structure.when i told them about me being a cadet they said congrats and they said they hope i continue with the fire service.yea i would love to be a cadet at an fdny firehouse.when i visited ladder 6 in hilton head island they were really nice. they gave me a shirt and a patch.also they invited me to eat dinner with them so i did, we had steaks.also they had a call so they let me ride on the tiller with them to it.then when we got back we went around the island in the tiller.they were really cool , next time i go there im gonna chill with them again.

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    wow that had to be fun. that would be sweet to ride around in the engine(im impartial to the engine company)
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    in my station we have a watch desk which we call the radio room. it over looks the bay. it has a phone- computer and a fax machine. it is where we answer the phone or call to dispatch and its also where we fill out our incident reports and fax them to dispatch
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    wow that had to be fun. that would be sweet to ride around in the engine(im impartial to the engine company)
    o yeah it was really kewl, engines r kewl but ladders especially TILLERS r much better. engine company o man better get that fixed to the ladder company hahha.

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    Wouldn't it be a large liability to have you riding on one of their vehicles?

    What would happen if they got in an accident and somehow you were injured? Many vehicles were crushed on 9/11, so even if you were an observer sitting in the truck, you can still easily be in danger.
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    well yes if u think of it that way it can be a big liability but before we do go they asked the capt. that was on duty and he went with us , he said yes. and down in hilton head they r strict on how there drivers do drive they have things on the trucks that moniter everything from how fast to how hard there braking and other stuff like that.but i have trust in all my fellow brothers.and its my own risk to ride in there firetrucks. but even if they say no that i cant go riding around then its still cool.

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    Lol Garrett, I hear ya! Truckies rule!
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    My department doesnt use the watch desks, but I'm pretty sure the City of Miami does. I know at their Station 1, their watch desk looks over all of the bays. My friend was telling me that they get the calls, and set off the klaxton/recall/alarm in the dorm for whichever unit, then they open & close the bay doors for the unit. I think my friend said they do it in 2 or 3 hr watches.

    Actually, come to think of it; our airport station (Miami International) has a watch office. Not sure if its a 24 hour deal, but I'm positive there is one during the day. When I've run into the airport before, we will raise the watch office on the radio to make sure they have an escort for us into the ramp or concourse. It wouldnt surprise me if there was some FAA rule that required it to have a 24 hour watch.
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    o yea WFDjr1 all the way with truckies.ne one else feel the same that ladders r the best?

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    engine all the way
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    The late Andrew Fredericks (Squad 18, FDNY) used to say that while Truck guys were getting commendations, the Engine guys were getting skin graphs on their ears.

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    The late Andrew Fredericks (Squad 18, FDNY) used to say that while Truck guys were getting commendations, the Engine guys were getting skin graphs on their ears.

    im not sure wut that means but i hope its not insulting the truck co cuz we all know that truck co is the best!!!

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    Originally posted by EoneTiller
    im not sure wut that means but i hope its not insulting the truck co cuz we all know that truck co is the best!!!
    It means that while truck guys are making the rescues, and getting the commendations that go along with it... the engine co guys are inside putting out the fire.... having all the fun in my opinion!

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    leave it to a truckie to not understand whats being said.
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