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@~JD~ I also think that tradition sometimes prevents necessary innovation from taking place. But don't get me wrong, history is a very good teacher. As the days pass, fire apparatus purchasing committees need to evolve with the changing landscape since firefighters face more dangers than ever before.
@~JD~ I did not say it was all 5 inch.
Also, when you have a Chief, paid paramedic, and paid EMT also responding with the ambulance, we don't need extra stuff because that's 6 people right there.
I agree with @~JD~ on the idea of the 200 series engines being set up more as hose wagons. I would recommend having a low hosted and mounting the ground ladders on the officer's side, similar to your typical urban attack engine style.
@Edward O. The LF and TF designations are not what I personally use or like, but they work for the departments that use them. For the medical calls I believe the best system is Medic to BLS calls and Engine and Medic to ALS calls. This system provides adequate personnel for more serious incidents while not sending the Engine on BLS helps ensure resources are not being wasted on non-emergency issues. (If you take the "L" out of BLS, you get a more accurate description of most of those calls ) Most of these things are a different things for different departments sort of deal, but the one thing I want to warn you about is bare minimum staffing as a point of pride. Unfortunately bare minimum staffing is a reality for many departments in this country; it should not however be something to be proud of. You can be proud of getting the job done, but recognize that more staffing is always better than less.
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