Trailers pulled behind Engines
I work for a large metropolitain fire department, and sit (union side) on our health and safety board. The territory we serve is entirely surronded by water (and consequently in the winter, ice).
Several of our stations operate marine divisions, but with the exception of one all of the boats are housed at the station and in the event of a call the Engine (pumper) pulls the boat behind the truck on a trailer; and this while repsonding lights and siren. Unfortunately that boats are not always located in a station that is closest to the water, but thats another debate.
Recently the City has advised us that it plans to equip the ice rescue teams with large heated and insulated trailers (4 of them in all) that will be approximately 20 feet long. These will also be pulled behind the engine for calls.
Niether the boat trailers, or the ice rescue trailers are identified, or have emergency flashers. Other than two little orange flags, you can barely see the boat in your mirrors.
It is my belief that the trailer will do a good job of obstructing the emergency lights on the rear of the pump. That and I find it completely ridiculous to be pulling something behind a pump to begin with especially when responding to emergency calls.
I was wondering if anyone else had any similiar experience with pulling trailers behind a pump? Are they identified? Do they have lights? How efficient is it?
Looking through the NFPA norms, I cannot seem to find anything that covers trailers pulled behind fire apparatus.
Any comments appreciated,