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    I am fairly new to the fire service. I have a question. I have noticed that alot of rescue trucks use blue numbers, instead of white or yellow. It seems to be only on rescue trucks. Is there a meaning behind this?

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    Blue tends to match the sensitive nature of the rescue-guys' hearts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by daysleeper47 View Post
    Blue tends to match the sensitive nature of the rescue-guys' hearts...
    ok now that I've cleaned up the cream of wheat that I snarfed, off the monitor.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcb1013 View Post
    I am fairly new to the fire service. I have a question. I have noticed that alot of rescue trucks use blue numbers, instead of white or yellow. It seems to be only on rescue trucks. Is there a meaning behind this?
    Red and Green were alredy taken by the Engines and Trucks, and yellow just seemed like to girly of a color, so Blue got the go.
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    In my jurisdiction, engines use red, trucks use green, rescues use black and medics use blue for all unit identifiers, including helmet shields and apparatus numbering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daysleeper47 View Post
    In my jurisdiction, engines use red, trucks use green, rescues use black and medics use blue for all unit identifiers, including helmet shields and apparatus numbering.
    Da' Rescues used to run blue.
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    Maybe because they are sad (blue) and want back on the truck!

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    Does anyone know??

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    It's going to be a way to tell what trucks are what from a distance. Same as different color helmets and what not.

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    From rescue1fdny.com-

    "Rescue Company 1 was officially placed into service on March 8, 1915..."

    "Not only would this designated company be the first heavy rescue unit in the F.D.N.Y., but the entire United States."

    "Firefighters frontpieces had a blue background with a white number.
    The rescue officers would would have white frontpieces with a blue number. The rescue company captain's frontpiece would have two lyle guns above the number while lieutenants would have one."


    So, it doesn't say why the color was chosen then, but I guess we know why we use it today-


    "'Cause that's the way it's always been."

    Maybe there's a FDNY guy out there that could elaborate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcb1013 View Post
    Does anyone know??
    There is no one answer, like has been stated about helmets, it is at the discretion of the top dog in the department at the time what colors are used. Blue could be on a Truck, Rescue, Medic Unit, Command Vehicle, whatever.
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    I also belive it started with the FDNY's helmet frontpiece color. The FDNY's ID system has been in place for decades. I know blue has been the identifying color for them since their inception.

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    I know that in Cleveland, Black Helmets are for Engine Co., Red is for Truck Co. and Yellow is for Rescue
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    Quote Originally Posted by clancyxdogg View Post
    So, it doesn't say why the color was chosen then, but I guess we know why we use it today-
    "'Cause that's the way it's always been."
    Maybe there's a FDNY guy out there that could elaborate.
    Most other colors were already taken:

    Black = Engines
    Red = Ladder
    Green = Boats(Marine)
    Brown = Fire Patrol (RIP)

    Blue = Rescue (in 1915)

    Once Squads came along they got yellow.

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    Blue was the color of the Roman Atharnian Legionaires, who were regularly stationed on the battlefield to provide rescue for columns broken from formation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFRED View Post
    Most other colors were already taken:

    Black = Engines
    Red = Ladder
    Green = Boats(Marine)
    Brown = Fire Patrol (RIP)

    Blue = Rescue (in 1915)

    Once Squads came along they got yellow.

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    Does Haz-Mat have a specific color or would that fall under rescue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehs7554 View Post
    Does Haz-Mat have a specific color or would that fall under rescue?

    Hazmat has the "glow in the dark" numbers and shields.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    Hazmat has the "glow in the dark" numbers and shields.
    ...Due primarily to multiple exposures, no doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    What is a Rescue??..........
    Chief, it's those big tool boxes you have that don't have big ladders on them. here, I have a picture of two types of rescues:
    As you can see, the one on the top (heavy rescue) is one of the tool boxes with out a big ladder, while the one on the bottom (rescue engine) is a new type of tool box, one that can pump water as well as carry tools. Don't worry, I'm sure if you ask around your firehouse, one of the new guys can point one out to you
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrParasite View Post
    Chief, it's those big tool boxes you have that don't have big ladders on them. here, I have a picture of two types of rescues:
    As you can see, the one on the top (heavy rescue) is one of the tool boxes with out a big ladder, while the one on the bottom (rescue engine) is a new type of tool box, one that can pump water as well as carry tools. Don't worry, I'm sure if you ask around your firehouse, one of the new guys can point one out to you
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrParasite View Post
    Chief, it's those big tool boxes you have that don't have big ladders on them. here, I have a picture of two types of rescues:
    As you can see, the one on the top (heavy rescue) is one of the tool boxes with out a big ladder, while the one on the bottom (rescue engine) is a new type of tool box, one that can pump water as well as carry tools. Don't worry, I'm sure if you ask around your firehouse, one of the new guys can point one out to you
    HAHAHAHAHA LMFAO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrParasite View Post
    Chief, it's those big tool boxes you have that don't have big ladders on them. here, I have a picture of two types of rescues:
    As you can see, the one on the top (heavy rescue) is one of the tool boxes with out a big ladder, while the one on the bottom (rescue engine) is a new type of tool box, one that can pump water as well as carry tools. Don't worry, I'm sure if you ask around your firehouse, one of the new guys can point one out to you
    Now that right there is funny Harve!!!

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    Must be a local thing...I've never really noticed it before, and it's certainly not something we see in our area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehs7554 View Post
    Does Haz-Mat have a specific color or would that fall under rescue?
    Actually HM began as a specialty taken on by R4 I believe and their front piece is a bit of an odd one.

    It is a 1 with a Blue back ground and H M on either side. It reads like this"

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