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    Default Full company response.

    Anyone have any research/literature on maintaining a full company response on all calls? We have a policy of running a two man medical response in a smaller fuel efficient piece of apparatus. We would like some justification to change that. Any help would be great.

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    Nfpa 1710...........

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    why?

    you are saving money and sending the appropriate number of personnel to the nature of the call.

    I know of departments that used to send a full engine company to medicals. 4 guys in a really big engine, plus an ALS transporting ambulance.

    They then went to utilizing a mini pumper on a big international chasis, with 2 FFs.

    they now use a pick up truck with a small pump on the back for any EMS call. saves on wear an tear of the 250,000 engine, as save a ton on fuel.

    The only downside is that you break up the company, and the suppression unit has to run short to any fire calls while the mini pumper is on an EMS job. the flip side to this is, had the engine been assigned with all 4 guys to the EMS job, there would be no engine in their first due to respond to the EMS job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jboehm View Post
    Anyone have any research/literature on maintaining a full company response on all calls? We have a policy of running a two man medical response in a smaller fuel efficient piece of apparatus. We would like some justification to change that. Any help would be great.
    note: sarcastic mode on.

    Many FD's have the same policy. It's called the Ambulance, Bone Box, Gut Wagon or other local colloquialism for the transport of the sick, injured and not so sick and injured.

    note: sarcastic mode off.

    Sending the full company to a call is called maintaining crew integrity.

    If a call comes in when you are tied up at a medical, the next due engine moves up to first due and goes to the fire. It's not rocket science....
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    What is your call volume and the ratio of fire to EMS calls?

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