Risky Business

Believe it or not, sitting in the right front seat isn’t all about playing with the sirens and talking on the radio. Especially if your “Truck” is a quint. In today’s day and age with the lower man power a lot of departments are switching from a traditional dry ladder, to a quint or a ladder with a pump/tank. Pierce Mfg® says that more than 80% of the ladder trucks produced a year are “quints”.


This in my opinion puts the performance of the required tasks at risk on the fire ground. In order to perform specific functions and be proficient you have to train, and train, and train some more. So while you land first due as a quint the members stretch a line and start the engine company work. Now the second in company is a neighboring engine company.

They don’t have the familiarization with your rig or the expertise required to perform these truck company functions. The IC (incident commander) now has to think quick and not only manage the fire ground, he has to make sure all the functions are performed properly and quickly and call for an additional truck/ladder if the tasks are not up to par. The acronym I was talk at an early age was K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, stupid) so why are we complicating an already complex task?

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