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    I just want to make sure I have this right, what is the difference between a truck company and a engine company? Which would you rather be on and why?

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    Engine is well the engine ... water, hose, real men fighting fire.

    Truck is well the truck .. aerial device, ladders, hooks , men wishing they could be tough and manly like the engine guys.

    Think my answer tells ya which one I'd rather be on.

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    LOL La! How does the old joke go?

    Why do Truckies cut holes in the roof?



    So they can see what real fireman are doing.


    But he's right.

    Engine = Primarily Fire Suppression

    Truck = Ventilation, exterior rescue with ladder, and SAR above the fire. Sometimes tasked with forcible entry.

    However, the increase in the use of quints (combo ladder/engine) are blurring the lines a little.
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    Hmm, I would prefer an engine job, because that's what I'm good at, but...a truck with a Q siren, just has some sort of magentic appeal to me.
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    posted by MCaldwell

    However, the increase in the use of quints (combo ladder/engine) are blurring the lines a little.
    Firefighters assigned to "quints" are bi-trucksual!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmanlittleman
    I just want to make sure I have this right, what is the difference between a truck company and a engine company? Which would you rather be on and why?
    Engine Company:
    -Locate
    -Confine
    -Extinguish

    Truck Company:
    -Ladders
    -Overhaul
    -Ventilation
    -Entry, forcible
    -Rescue
    -Salvage
    -Utilities

    My department doesn't HAVE a truck, so the IC prioritizes and assigns whoever is available/qualified for each necessary task. In general, I prefer engine work... but I'm a team player and will do whatever I'm told to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator
    Engine is well the engine ... water, hose, real men fighting fire.

    Truck is well the truck .. aerial device, ladders, hooks , men wishing they could be tough and manly like the engine guys.

    Think my answer tells ya which one I'd rather be on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo
    posted by MCaldwell



    Firefighters assigned to "quints" are bi-trucksual!

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAAA

    But personally I prefer the Engine, even better being the driver, but then that usually puts me at the pump. But like FireTacoma1, the Dept I started with didnt have a quint or a truck, so we all double/triple hatted in whatever job the IC (Chief) needed at the time. My place was usually on the pump though.
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    I s'pose I'm with Jerry on this matter. I do prefer the truck work, but its all good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo

    Firefighters assigned to "quints" are bi-trucksual!


    HAHAHA THATS GREAT!


    And for me......truck all the way.
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    Down here in New Zealand it works like this.

    Truck.

    4 wheels, holds water, hoses, etc, painted red.

    Engine.

    What powers the Truck.

    Simple really.
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    Even though I favor the truck, I still love this quote....

    "Tower...

    Totally
    Overrated
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    Equipped with
    Rejects!"

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    "OV : VES
    Roof: Taking care of the brothers
    Irons: Bang down the doors
    Can: Fast water has put out many a fire "
    not my words, but definatley my sentiments. however, the truck goes to medal day, the engine goes to the burn center.

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    There are two types of firefighters:
    Truckies and those who want to be truckies!

    Any engine puke that says he would rather be on the pipe is only saying so because he can't get on the truck!
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    The only thing worse than PD versus FD rivalry - truck versus engine rivalry.

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    I guess my FD is not like anyother FD. Are truck guys dont open up roofs,doors or search. They just go in the structure and take the line from the engine guys. But im on a engine but would like to be on the truck. It would be fun to only run on fires, and not do medical.

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