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    so u just park on the the side of the road or what....seems to me that would not be the safest thing to do. How far is the district from your station


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    Quote Originally Posted by svfire13
    so u just park on the the side of the road or what....seems to me that would not be the safest thing to do. How far is the district from your station
    Back the engine into a dirt road between orchards or whatever - at least as safe as ambulances staging where they do. District boundary on that side is maybe three miles from our station.
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    for 3 miles seems like sitting in your station is a better idea, plus u can get things done that way, not just sit there. Ambulances staging is a bit different, usually a ambulance staging is paid, so they are expected to be there. As a volunteer your not expected to be sitting in a parking lot, or on a dirt road....tends to draw more attention and curious people wanting to know whats going on which could lead to a accident

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    Quote Originally Posted by svfire13
    for 3 miles seems like sitting in your station is a better idea, plus u can get things done that way, not just sit there. Ambulances staging is a bit different, usually a ambulance staging is paid, so they are expected to be there. As a volunteer your not expected to be sitting in a parking lot, or on a dirt road....tends to draw more attention and curious people wanting to know whats going on which could lead to a accident
    Engines sit in parking lots all the time - when the crew is in shopping, for example (just ask CHOOLS). And what in the world would volunteer have to do with this? No one driving by knows if that's a "volunteer" engine or a "paid" one. I just don't see any problem or danger in people seeing our engine. People LIKE to see engines.

    I have no problem with being on the engine, in our gear, waiting in case something happens in their town. If we were back in the station getting things done, our response time would be at least a few minutes slower.
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    We cover mutual aid stations the same way that many of you have mentioned. We are large enough to cover both our district and the mutual aid coverage. Many times we are called for a Fast Team and will send a separate engine to assist with firefighting at the scene.

    Keep in mind many times when we are covering a mutual aid companie's station we will always send a chief to the scene to see what is going on, and of course they always do some marketing which often results in us getting moved up and into the scene hehehehehehe. Isn't it amazing how that always seems to happen.

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    If I was you I would not worry about it. Ask your Chief.

    We mostly have "'standby at your station" around here. If we are put on standby, we stay at our station until called to either one of our own or one for the mutual aid department. We are neighboring cities and works out great.

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    They way it works with us is, when we get a standby we do it at thier station and are commited to thier station till we are released. That means if we get a call in our district we don't go. Our dept. is large enough to handle this and if it is a working fire needing more man power, chances are anouther dept has already been alerted. Our county has gone to dispatching 2 companies on any reported working structal fire. Gettting a second alarm in your own district sucks when you are on standby, but the other deprtmants chief is reling on that truck to take care of anything else in his district.

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    I've got multiple responses to this one...

    In very rural areas, where stations can be many miles apart, I don't really see how you can get around transfer assignments (move-ups). Years ago, I ran in such an area, and they did a good job of this. In that case, the county communications center was responsible for coordinating the transfers in such a way that no area was substantially stripped of coverage.

    In more densely populated areas, such as where I am now, we tend more toward having coverage companies on standby in their own stations. The logic for this is that the couple of minutes they lose in a few miles extra travel distance is made up by the fact they don't have to assemble a crew before they respond, since they are already standing by at their station. There are exceptions, such as Tanker Task Force deployments, where large areas are stripped of all of a particular resource. In that case, we do request very limited transfers to plug some of the holes, but try to cherry-pick units so that we don't leave anyone in a tight spot by doing so.

    When we do have coverage standbys in effect, regardless of where they are, it's because we are committed, so the coverage companies run any other calls that come in. We don't do that "our paint job has to be out front in our district" crap.
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    We had two engines in a single station company. We never sent one to standby at another station unless we had the other engine crew standing by.

    The thing I couldn't ever figure out in the stand by procedure is that if there was an incident five stations away, why they moved every engine over one house rather than just sending an engine from a two engine company directly to the station requiring the standby.

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