The position of Battalion Chief (shift commander) is still relatively new in our department, and we are in a continuous learning curve. My question to you all today relates to the Chief's vehicle:
What type of vehicle does your department use, and what equipment is carried on the vehicle? We have had many discussions, some heated, about what should be or shouldn't be carried, and I am trying to get some other views or opinions.
We are currently using an F-150 with four-wheel drive (for beach access).
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02-25-2007, 02:03 PM #1
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02-25-2007, 02:21 PM #2"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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02-25-2007, 02:46 PM #3
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Chevy Caprice. Has SCBA unit along with first responder bag and supplimental radios.
02-25-2007, 03:00 PM #4
All three of our Chiefs (Vollie company - 1,200 calls a year, 95% fire/mva, 5% ems non-transport) drive a department issued Chevy Tahoe, which carry their gear, an SCBA, and a trauma/oxygen bag. I believe that they may also carry a set of command vests.Chris Shields
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East Syracuse Fire Dept
Onondaga County, NY
02-25-2007, 03:06 PM #5
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I'll try to get a couple of photos for you later, but ours is a 2004 Ford F250 4x4 Pickup with a Cap. The Cap has windows that Swing out and up on each side, the rear window also swings up. We built a Command Desk on a Rollout Tray that will come out onto the tailgate when opened all the way. The IC's Chart, a Radio Console, and other "Command" stuff is readily accessable on 3 sides. The unit was built in house by the Chief and a few others, and we'll probably build another for the Assistant Chief in the next couple of months, since his Chevy Impala is being retired. The unit can be seen in a couple of photos at www.gdvfd18.com If you want, shoot me a PM, and I'll try to get some Closeup photos for you. Good Luck.
Just noticed that I had our chief's vehicle posted as a 1994. Fixed it, it's a 2004. Several subsequent posters have mentioned the items that they carry along with what I call "Command stuff". Ours carries a SCBA for the Chief, Couple of Extinguishers, First Aid Bag, Set of Irons, Box of flares, and some other minor items. Some of the items mentioned by other posters are carried on each piece of Heavy Apparatus, such as Multi-Gas Meters, TICs, AEDs, etc.
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02-25-2007, 03:25 PM #6
We are currently using Chevy 4x4 Tahoes and are looking at switching to a rig very similar to what Hwoods described.
Currently equipped with: mobile radio, cell phone, med kit, O2 bag, ICS/Accountability board, Emergency Scene Ahead signs, 4 gas monitor.Buckle Up, Slow Down, Arrive Alive
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02-25-2007, 03:34 PM #7
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We have 2 gigs , 1 for the chief and 1 for the ***'t chief. Both are Chevy Tahoes 4x4. Both are set up the same. Full complement of our radios as well as mutaul aid radios , incident command board , bunker gear , scba , oxygen kit , defib , ems bag , halligan har , 2 1/2 gal. water can , 5lb dry chem extinguisher and 1 handlight with vehicle charger.
02-25-2007, 03:54 PM #8
Currently, all BC's are in Crown Vics. They carry their turnouts, an SCBA, a clipboard, some paperwork, and an accident investigation kit. Rumor has it they are swapping to SUV's in July. Kinda seems like overkill to haul the mail around, but I like it.Robert Kramer
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02-25-2007, 04:06 PM #9
Our DCs drive an F-350 4X4 diesel with topper. Bed has a 500lb capacity pull-out tray. It carry's spare SCBA and O2 bottles, RIG bag, IC vests, LZ kit, EMS jump bag and AED, water cooler & cups, DC's SCBA, traffic cones, lock out-tag out kit, water valve key and misc hand tools.
In the cab are the radios which include fire/EMS, state MA and marine bands, hand-held GPS, SIMS control for our Scott SCBAs, map books, lap-top, gas meter, heat gun, hand-held wind speed gauge, handlight and misc "stuff".
Our Opps Chief has the same thing, only its an F-250 and serves as the back-up to the DC.
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02-25-2007, 04:07 PM #10firefighter7160Firehouse.com Guest
Chief-2131, responds to all fires and alarms inside the city. The vehicle is a 2002 Dodge Durango. The back seats where taken out and command center and cabinets on a roll out console. Equipment carried onboard
BLS Medical Bag
State Wide Radio System (AWIN)
There is also room for turnouts and other light equipment.
02-25-2007, 04:55 PM #11
Our chief's vehicle is a 2002 Ford Expedition, it replaced a 1996 Ford Crown Vic (ex-PD). It carries a Lifepak, Trauma Kit, Airway/Drug Kit, SCBA, command stuff, flares, mapbooks, fire extinguisher, turnouts, etc.
I think that is it, there may be more or less, I haven't really had too good of a look at it.
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02-25-2007, 06:36 PM #12
Here's what we have...
Our department does not yet have a shift chief running 24/7 with our on-duty personnel... but we do have a pair of weekday chiefs. However, I don't believe they carry much more than bunker gear, some paperwork and -- perhaps -- an EMS jump kit on board.
The fire chief (40-hour, M-F) runs a 2001 Chevrolet Impala.
The fire marshal / division chief (40-hour, M-Th) runs a 2002 Dodge Durango.
I'm not really sure what's up with the Durango's stripe package. We're not a paramedic service and it's not a Chevrolet, so the stripe can't represent the "heartbeat of America," either. Your guess is as good as mine.
02-25-2007, 06:40 PM #13
The Chief currently has a crown victoria but a new Expedition on Order. We will most likely put a slide out in the rear.
The Shift Commander (same as Batt Chief) except we only have one station, currently has a Dodge 3500 Dually that we commandered from another City Department, striped, marked and equipped with emergency lights before they realized it. Has EMS equipment and an SCBA in rear. We are getting set up to put a slide out in it.09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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02-26-2007, 01:16 AM #14
My Chief has a Ford Explorer that doubles as a police squad car. Being the "Director of Public Safety" he does mainly the police side of things. The IC stuff he leaves up to the ***'t Chief and myself. I use my personal Ford Explorer and the AC uses his Chevy truck with command boards.
I just have not accepted the concept of the IC standing at the back of an SUV with a pull out cabinet, standing in the exhaust cloud, in the elements of wind and rain, outside with all the noise going on and anyone can come up to you and interrupt you. I personally like sitting in my explorer with the command board on the wheel, windows rolled up so it's nice and quiet so I can hear the radios and concentrate on what I need to do.
Again, to each his own.Jason Knecht
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02-26-2007, 01:55 AM #15
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02-26-2007, 07:32 AM #16
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02-26-2007, 08:04 AM #17
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our chief cars to my knowledge are all cabaple of the same thing. We have 3 chiefs. The Chief of department just got a new 2007 im not sure what it is tho. I know the deputy chiefs both have suburbans. They all have meters, scbas, chief gear, radio setups, traffic control, medical to a slight extent. And some more probably.
02-26-2007, 09:07 AM #18
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The battalion chief where I live rides in a Ford F-350. They carry 2 SCBA's (two people assigned, the driver is a captain serves as the on scene safety officer), several portable radios, 3 mobile radios, I believe they carry a thermal imager, numerous gas detectors and biohazard detectors for those white power calls.
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