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    Default Getting Equipment to the Staging Area

    I was curious about what everyone uses to transport equipment during a large scale incident such as a high rise fire. Our current method; load the firefighters down with as much as they can carry. This method sucks ! Isn't there some sort of dolly or cart we can buy to transport equipment needed and free up some of our firefighters to perform other important fireground operations ? Thanks for the input, stay safe everybody !

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    On a High Rise job, nobody goes up empty handed. You've got Two hands, and you had better have something in each. The first in Engine guys will bring the high rise packs, and tools. The backup Engine crew brings the same. The Truck will bring extra tools in anticipation of overhaul. Rescue crew brings additional tools and equipment. RIT brings their bags and more tools and equipment. The guys that come up to relieve the guys that were first in don't need high rise packs, and rarely need to bring more tools, so they bring spare bottles, or whatever is requested via radio. The DC always tells the first in crews when relief crews are heading up, and he will ask what is needed to limit the trips up and down. We use the elevators when we can, if not, we hump it. A dolly, or cart won't do any good if you can't use an elevator. If it's not too high, you can hoist things up with rope, or lower things back down which work's well. We usually have more equipment than we can possibly use up there. Yeah, sometimes you're winded when you get to the floor below, you just take a second, breathe, and go to work. I'm all for a better way, but have yet to see one.

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    All of our truck companies carry a convertible dolly/4-wheel cart. We have made a bottle carrying device and load these down with air bottles and other equipment and it seems to work ok. We keep these carts strapped to the cage around our rear mounted aerial turntable.

    Stay safe,

    rfd599
    www.IllinoisFireStore.com

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