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@~JD~ The quick response vehicle concept is a good idea; however, it is not the right fit for every department. Arlington County FD is one department where it doesn't make much sense. The call volume is rarely high to the point that running Engines to ALS calls causes availability issues. Furthermore, reducing wear and tear on equipment is not as high of a concern for several reasons. The first of these reasons is the moderate call volume; units get a fair amount of runs, but are not running constantly. The second reason is that ACFD replaces apparatus every 5-7 years, they have a great contract with Pierce. Plus, the Arrow XT chassis is built to handle higher call volumes.
To introduce a QRV system, either staffing would need to be increased to cover these new units, or they would have to be cross staffed by Engine companies. For ACFD, and many other departments, increasing staffing would not provide enough benefits for the cost. I personally am against cross staffing QRVs and Engine companies as it increases the amount of time the Engine would be unavailable for a fire suppression call.
@HenryH BCFD True, there will likely never be a one size fits all solution in the fire service. A big thing for Arlington is it's size, it a very small county and small Department so they wouldn't need such a resource, now D.C. However, could. Maintenance should be on there as well, but getting into all that is another conversation.
You can also reduce staff or look at the less used truck companies. Reducing staff in under used units can provide man power for the QRV, like air units, hazmats various support units that don't see much action, or they can even cross staff it if needed. Truck companies can also cross staff it since they don't see as much service as the engine and it will save wear on the truck. Phoenix uses a concept like that, called a ladder tender, it's like a light rescue, with ALS gear and limited truck gear. Grant it Phoenix is 4x larger than Arlington so they actually have a need for it.
Good points. DC probably could use something like that though ever since AMR, they have had a better handle on things. One thing they are trying to do to handle call volume for EMS is taking preventive measures, and setting up frequent flyers with the help they really need.
The one point I disagree with is the idea of reducing staffing on other companies. I am a big believer in having at least 4 firefighters on every Engine, Truck and Rescue.