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    how and who defined the squad company? ie: engine company called squad such and such.

    What I mean is where did the term come from..
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    I don't know the who and how, but from checking around there seems to be no rhyme or reason for what is called a squad, some places its an ambulance, FDNY has their Squads, Chicago does it differently, some folks buy rescue pumpers and just simply name them as squad. Similar situation for the rescues, our rescues here are rescue companies, other places they are simply ambulances, then the whole light, medium, heavy rescue thing...

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    As for the 7 FDNY squads, All but Sq1 have first second and third due engine company boxes, outside of that they respond special called to a wide variety of incidents. Some of the types of runs they respond to are:
    working fires
    Haz-Mat (technician level)
    High angle rope jobs
    Confined space
    trench collapse
    building collapse
    confirmed pin auto extrication
    man in machine
    man under train
    elevator emergencies (other than stuck occupied)
    CFR-d runs in engine area

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    All depends on what part of the country your in. A rescue in NYC is a heavy-duty equipment truck with loads of rescue and special opps gear, staffed by I think 6 FFs. Here, a rescue is a two FF ALS (paramedic) unit. What FDNY calls a rescue, we call a squad. What the west coast calls a tender, the east coast calls a tanker. What the west coast calls a tanker, the east coast calls an aeroplane.

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    Been to the Chiefs meeting Bob?

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    This is probably a little of topic, but why do all the other squads in NYC have 1st,2nd, and 3rd due boxes except squad 1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halligan84
    Been to the Chiefs meeting Bob?

    LOL, no but got the word about it.... lets just say abit confused at this time. (can't find anything in the NIMS docs that say a word about squads or what they are) sounds more like a personal thing to me.
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