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    Default How Does your City/County Classify Aparatus

    In Bucks, PA


    i feel it needs a revision for ladders/towers to: ladder, squirt, quint but thats just me.

    How about you....??
    Bucks County, PA.

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    East Side, Frederick County, MD


    For Frederick County, Maryland; this is how we classify
    Engine - Fire Attack piece
    Engine-Tanker - Fire Attack & Water Supply piece(I believe the has to hold 1500 gallons in order to be an Engine-Tanker, but don't hold me to it)
    Tanker - Water Supply piece
    Tower - a rearmount ladder truck with a bucket
    Truck - a tractor drawn or rearmount ladder truck
    Quint - a fire attack/ladder truck
    Squad - (regular and Heavy) performs rescue functions, but a heavy rescue squad carries a ladder along with everything a regular carries
    Rescue Engine - fire attack piece, and performs auto extrication in place of a squad
    Special Unit - a BLS unit w/o transport capabilities
    Ambulance - a BLS unit with at least 2 crew members(including the driver)
    Medic - a car carrying ALS supplies and usually 1 paramedic
    Medic Ambulance - usually heard when the medic meets with the ambulance when transporting to the hospitial
    Boat - self explantory
    Dive - the dive team for the county
    FD# - (#=1 through 7) is the director, Safety Officer, etc for the county. Usually seen on big incidents and Cardiac Arrests

    I hope that is what you were looking for!
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    Default In CA...

    In California-

    -WATER TENDER (doesnt fly)
    -TANKER (does fly)

    You can get the offical info. on this link (scroll down to
    the second page)-

    Last edited by CALFFBOU; 04-30-2004 at 01:22 PM.

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    This is how it generally works around here. May be some variations from this in specific departments, and there are some specialized apparatus that I didn't list.

    Engine - May also be called a Paramedic Engine or a Brush Engine, but dispatched as simply Engine.
    OES Engine - State-owned engine (Office of Emergency Services) staffed by various departments, primarily for brush and disaster operations.
    Truck - Generally TDAs. Some rear-mounts, but very few mid-mounts. Almost all are straight sticks (no buckets).
    Quint - Only used by LACoFD, so far as I know. Other departments may technically have Quints, but usually refer to them as Trucks.
    RA (Rescue Ambulance) - ALS (or in our dept's case BLS) ambulance.
    Squad[/B] - ALS non-transport vehicle, like what Roy and Johnny drove.
    USAR - What's normally called a Heavy Rescue most everywhere else.
    Heavy Rescue - A BIG tow truck, only used by LAFD, so far as I know.
    HazMat - Usually staffed by a specially-trained Engine company as a 2nd unit as needed.
    Utility - Usually a pickup with or without a utility bed, occasionally a stake-bed.
    Patrol - Similar to a Utility but generally 4x4 and used for brush patrol. May have a skid-pack pump.
    Water Tender - Water truck, usually for brush calls. In our nomenclature (based on USFS), tankers are aircraft.
    Air Utility / Air & Light - SCBA cascade system and scene lighting
    Crew - wildland transport truck
    Battalion - BC car or SUV. Large departments may also have Divisions.
    Chief - Same as a Battalion, but for THE Chief

    Also have a couple of designations for multiple units, primarily used by LAFD but adopted by some other departments:

    Light Force - In LAFD, a two-man engine and a two or three-man truck that operates as a single company. Monrovia runs Truck 101 and USAR 101 as Light Force 101.
    Task Force - a Light Force with another engine
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    In Bossier Parrish, Louisiana, where I am now the system is very basic and does differ from department to department.

    Engine - attack piece with a tank usually less than 1500
    Tanker - with or without a pump usually with a tank greater
    than 1500 gallons
    Brush or Grass - Brush truck on a pickup chassis
    Service - carries structural support equipment (spare SCBA,
    tanks, salvage covers, tools, etc). In some cases
    it may have a small tank and pump so it can
    double as a brush truck.
    Rescue - not designated as light or heavy ... carries
    extracation, technical, water rescue etc. gear
    Command or Car - often driven by duty officers or may
    used to carry manpower... surbarbans, pickups,
    Aerials - usually designated as ladders or towers, etc .Quint
    designation not used to my knowledge (Bossier City
    has some telesquirts they designate as Engines).
    EMS - Parrish operated ambulances are designated as medic units
    (ALS only). Bossier City designated them as trauma,
    and I beleive they are all ALS

    Where I was in Vermont (Chittenden County) for 18 years it was similiar except that service companies did not exist and pumpers with tanks of 1000 gallons or more with quick-fill and quick-dump abilities were designated ENGINE-TANKERS by some departments.

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    Engine -- 750gpm/500gwt or greater, usually LDH water supply or Rescue-Engine style.
    Hose-Tender -- alternate name for above when carrying LDH.
    Engine-Tank (ET) -- 750gpm/1000gwt or greater.
    Tanker -- Less than 750gpm pump, more than 1000gwt...although some people call their big ET's "Tanker"
    Ladder -- what it says, usually "technically" a quint, too.
    Truck -- alternate for "Ladder" used by one or two departments
    Tower -- what it says, usually "technically" a quint, too.
    EQ -- Telesqurt
    Rescue 1x -- Light rescue (BLS equipment)
    Rescue 3x -- Medium rescue (Power tools, generator, etc)
    Rescue 4x -- Heavy rescue (full size Hydraulic tools, air bags, etc)
    (Some departments don't use the numeric-classification system on the above)
    Rescue 5x, 6x -- Ambulances
    Forestry -- Anything *exclusively* used for forest/brush/grass
    Service -- Anything not otherwise catergorized Usually a mini-pumper of some sort, sometimes a utility/pickup truck.
    Utility -- Even less useful than a service. Usually just a plain-jane pickup truck.

    Car -- Fire Officer, generally the higher the number, the lower the rank.
    Medic -- Either a) ambulance corp officer or b) paramedic fly car
    PD -- Fire Police (Traffic Control)
    FM -- Fire Marshal
    IACOJ Canine Officer

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    Default We are a fairly small county....

    ...and have a standardized apparatus numbering system with the first number(s) identifying the individual department and the last 2 identifying the apparatus or officers. My department goes as follows:

    --501, 502, 503-Class A pumpers, including those with a Squirt, etc, though we don't have one.
    --511, 512-brush unit or utility vehicle (512 is our 4-wheeler).
    --521, 522-Tanker (Tender to some) with or without a pump.
    --531-Any Aerial Device-ours is a 100' stick.
    --541,542-Non Transporting Medical/Rescue vehicle, most Depts. list a heavy rescue first, a light rescue(usually meant for "house calls", first response EMS)second, other special units (Haz-Mat, etc.)after that.
    --551-Medical Transport vehicle (we don't run an ambulance so that's just for an example.
    --561, 562, 563, 564-Chief Officers.
    --571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576-Captains-last two are EMS and Fire police officers respectively.
    --581, 582, 583, 584, 585, 586-Lieutenants-same as Captains.
    Some FD's use the '90' series for Safety officers
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    here it is a free for all pretty much...........
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    then it sounds like you really gotta know your local departemnts to know what exactly you have comming on a big job.
    Bucks County, PA.

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    then it sounds like you really gotta know your local departemnts to know what exactly you have comming on a big job.
    My department borders Weruj and we run mutual aid with them quite often. We know each others units along with most of our other neighbors quite well.

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    Tower, ladder, rescue, engine, quint, ambulance, tanker, and snorkel mostly, the mini stuff and hazmat trucks escape me.

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    What we run is:

    Engine- Fire attack apparatus
    Squad- Minipumper mainly used for extrication
    Rescue- BLS Ambulance
    Special Response Unit(AKA SRU)- Hazmat/ Command unit

    Around us is pretty much a free for all too

    Engine- Pretty universal

    Rescue, Squad, Medic, Life, Alpha, Bravo- Some sort of medical unit.

    Ladder- Any sort of aireal (I know I cant spell) apparatus but not always some call them just an engine

    Squad, Rescue- Some sort of rescue type. vehicle extrication etc...

    Squad is also be a brush truck in one city but most call them brush

    A lot of the cities are moving to just ##'s instead so instead of engine 1 you will get 1701.
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    Rhode Island Area
    Engine= Engine
    Ladder= Ladder
    Rescue= ALS or BLS ambulance, transporting
    Special Hazards= RI version of heavy rescue, originated in Providence.
    Squad= Heavy Rescue where not called Special Hazards, ie: No. Prov, Hope, and Coventry. In Portsmouth the Squad backs up the Rescue, just a pick up truck.
    Brush Truck= Brush Truck
    Truck= Anything from quint(Cumberland) to squirt(Smithfield) to Snorkel(Pascoag).
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    Engine-typically a regular pumper
    Ladder-pretty much any ladder or tower unit
    Tanker-typically and water tender not capable of regular pumper duties
    Rescue-Usually a heavy rescue but really depends on department
    Squad-A small rescue or special rescue vehicle
    Utility-a vehicle used for inspections but can also be used for Hazmat, water rescue stuff, and general dept use.
    Boat-swift water rescue, dive teams
    Ambulance-aka medic
    Brush-wildland unit, usually a pick up with portable pumps and wildland gear.

    I think thats it

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    Where I was in Vermont (Chittenden County) for 18 years it was similiar except that service companies did not exist and pumpers with tanks of 1000 gallons or more with quick-fill and quick-dump abilities were designated ENGINE-TANKERS by some departments.
    Where were you in Chittenden county? I"m down in Washington but have third rode with SBFD.

    A little off topic, sorry, just was curious.

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    Engine (includes squirts and ALS)
    Pumper (reserve engine)
    Truck (aerial must be at least 75')
    Squad (rescue/heavy rescue)
    Rescue (paramedic ALS unit)
    Water (tanker)
    Brush (wildland/grass/patrol)
    Marine (boat)
    Ambulance (county medical transport unit)
    Transport (FD ambulance)
    TECH (technical rescue)
    Haz Mat
    DIVE (dive equiped boat)
    FOAM (large capacity foam unit)
    Utility (service vehicle)
    Comunications (mobile command vehicle)
    LR (EMS supervisor)
    DC (district chief)


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