1. #1
    Junior Member

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    Mar 2003
    davison mi

    Question Walk in rescues/squads

    Anybody out there using a walk in rescue/squad
    particularly Pierce for their operations? Need pros/cons
    on one.


    Flint Fire Dept

    Ps. or suggestions on a recommended truck

  2. #2
    MembersZone Subscriber

    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    McKeesport, PA


    Are you looking for pro/con on purchasing a Pierce walk-in rescue or puchasing a walk-in rescue in general?

  3. #3
    FH Mag/.com Contributor

    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Cypress, TX


    There are pros and cons to both styles of rescue body. It depends on what you want to do with the truck.

    Walk around bodies will hold more because all of the compartments can be transverse, since your crew is in the cab of the truck. Communications between all of the crew is much easier because you're all in one place. These trucks also tend to be shorter because you can fit more equipment in a smaller rescue body.

    The best bet is to figure out what incidents the truck is going to be stocked for, and what it's going to be used for at that scene. If it's going to be set up as a command vehicle with a desk and all that, it can be done in both styles, but there's more room to stand up in a walk-in. If that's not a concern, then the next step is to figure out what equipment you're going to put on it: cascade, trench, confined space, swiftwater, collapse, extrication, etc, etc. Then lay it all out and see how much space it actually takes up.

    Even better, is to visit other departments and see what they have, and what they've got crammed on it to give you a good idea of what size of rescue body you're going to need for everything you want to put on it.

    If you can't do that, run through the manufacturers' web sites and look at the new deliveries pages. Almost all of them have at least the basic specs on the trucks listed to give you a half decent idea.

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