Rescue/Mini vs. Rescue/Pumper
Our department is currently looking into purchasing two rescue/mini-pumpers with CAFS.
I am courius if we should be looking into a Rescue/Pumper with CAFS instead to reduce the number of apparatus we are responding to an incident and making our personnel more familiar with the ones we have.
We would keep the current engines that we have and the chief is saying we would run the mini's with CAFS first out to all alarms and the engine second. I've got mixed feelings.
The mini's are nice for smal drive ways on EMS calls, and quicker responses. However I'm not sure I trust the pumping capcity/tank capacity and don't necessarily understand the "need for speed" when our policy restricts our road speeds anyway.
Open for opinions/suggestions.