Raleigh Adds Squads, Fifth Battalion, and More – February 5, 2012

This is a re-posting of a Legeros Blog Archives posting from February 5, 2012, that’s no longer available on the old site, due to technical problems.

Big changes today in the Capital City, effective 0800 hours. Here’s take one of a summary of the rescue reconfiguration, the new battalion, the unit renumbering, and more. We’ll correct this posting as needed. 

Overview

  • Two rescue engines (as squads) placed in service.
  • Five-person heavy rescue placed in service.
  • Fifth battalion added.
  • Unit renumbering for department support vehicles.
  • Response changes, including two ladders on all structure fires.

Heavy Rescue and Squads

Five-person heavy rescue placed in service.

  • Rescue 1 at Station 21.
  • Operating 2007 Pierce rescue unit.
  • Expanded seating for six people.
  • Some equipment added, such as hand tools for three more members. Unit was previously staffed with two people.

Two rescue engines placed in service, named Squads.

  • Squad 14, replacing Engine 14.
  • Squad 15, replacing Engine 15.
  • Operating 2004 American LaFrance pumpers.
  • Equipped with technical rescue equipment.
    • Including full compliment of extrication equipment (cutters, spreaders, three rams), rescue jacks, power tools (drills, reciprocating saws, grinders), torch, K12 and vent saws (for truck work), rope rescue equipment and hardware, water rescue equipment, inflatable boat, stokes basket, plus engine company equipment.
    • Here’s a walkaround photo tour of Squad 15.

Each squad also staffing a support vehicle:

  • Squad 15 – Tractor-drawn transfer truck, parked at the station, equipped with additional trench rescue equipment.
  • Squad 14 – Second 2007 Pierce rescue, housed at the station. It will carry additional equipment, and will also serve as a reserve unit for Rescue 1.
  • Support vehicles will respond with the squads, for technical rescue calls.

Response changes:

  • Single-family dwelling structure fires – R1 or S14 or S15 (city divided into thirds).
  • Multi-family and commercial structure fires – R1 + one squad.
  • Working fires, for above categories – R1 (if not on original dispatch) + one squad.
  • High-rise structure fires – R1.
  • MVA with pin – R1 + one squad.
  • MVA overturned with injuries (but no pin) – One squad.
  • Two tiers of technical rescue responses:
    • MVA bus/train, water rescue, etc. – R1 + one squad.
    • Confined space, high-level, etc. – R1 + both squads

Notes on squads:

  • Squad will replace rescue on high-rise fire dispatch, if rescue not available.
  • Squads will act as engines (unless directed otherwise), when dispatched as first or second engine company for structure fire.
  • Squads will act as engines, regardless of dispatch order, when dispatched on high-rise structure fire.

More notes:

  • Ladder 3 is a technical rescue company, special trained and with special equipment. They’ll also respond on technical rescue calls.
  • USAR 801 at Station 25 is a swift-water rescue unit, with a boat trailer and two boats.
  • Ladder companies are also equipped with extrication equipment.

History

  • Reconfiguration replaces three two-person rescue units.
  • Third rescue placed in service in 2001, when city had 24 stations.
  • Second rescue placed in service in 1974, when city had 14 stations.
  • Rescue squad added in 1953, when city had six stations.

Fifth Battalion, Rescue Chief, Haz-Mat Chief

Fifth battalion created.

  • Battalion 5 placed in service at Station 9.
  • Operating 2005 Ford Excursion.
  • See map showing battalions and their stations.
    • Battalion 1 – 15, 19, 22, 25, 27, 28.
    • Battalion 2 – 3, 7, 10, 12, 21, 26.
    • Battalion 3 – 1, 2, 5, 8, 14, 20.
    • Battalion 4 – 17, 18, 23, 24, 29 (future).
    • Battalion 5 – 4, 6, 9, 11, 16.

Rescue and Haz-Mat Battalion Chiefs placed in service.

  • Rescue Chief is Battalion 5.
  • Haz-Mat Chief is Battalion 3.
  • Each will dispatched to all incident types involving their specialty within the city limits.

History:

  • Fourth battalion added in 2004. City had 26 stations.
  • Third battalion added in 1977. City had 14 stations.
  • Two battalions (called districts) created in 1971. City had ten stations.

More Response Changes

See this FDmaps blog posting for a longer (but not complete) list of responses.

  • Platoon Fire Marshal (Car 420) removed from working fire dispatch.
  • Platoon Fire Marshal (Car 420) added to multi-family, commercial, and high-rise fire dispatch.
  • Second Battalion Chief added to working fire assignment for single-family dwellings.
  • Two Battalion Chiefs now dispatched for multi-family and commercial structures.
  • Two ladders now dispatched for all structure fires. This change adds a second ladder to single-family dwelling fire dispatch.
  • Rescue removed from elevator rescue. Now engine and ladder.

Unit Renumbering

  • Extensive renumbering of support vehicle radio call signs. Notable changes include
    • Car 10 > Car 20 (Division Chief)
    • Car 20 > Car 401 (Fire Investigator)
    • Car 21 > Car 402 (Fire Investigator)
    • Car 40 > Car 420 (Platoon Deputy Fire Marshal)
  • Some of the other numbering:
    • Car 72 > Car 51 (Emergency Services Manager, Task Force 8 leader)
    • Car 71 > Car 55 (Haz-Mat Coordinator)
  • Numbering scheme:
    • Office of the Fire Chief – 1, 10s, 100s
    • Operations – 2, 20s, 200s
    • Services – 3, 30s, 300s
    • Office of the Fire Marshal – 4, 40s, 400s
    • Training – 5, 50s, 500s

Other Changes

  • Air 1 relocated to Station 5 on January 29.

Unit Renumbering Chart

Current Function Make & Model Current Number New Number
       
Administration (Car 1, Car 10s, Car 100s)
Fire Chief 2007 Jeep Laredo Car 1 Car 1
Fire Tech Systems Mgr. 2006 Dodge Caravan Car 12 Car 12
Safety Officer 2007 Ford Crown Victoria Car 14 Car 14
Finance Officer 2010 Ford Escape Car 201 Car 15
Planning Officer Ford Ranger none Car 16
Fire Systems Programmer 2008 Ford Ranger Car 194 Car 120
Fire Systems Programmer 2011 Ford Ranger   Car 121
       
Operations (Car 2, Car 20s, Car 200s)
Asst. Chief Operations 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Car 2 Car 2
Division Chief 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Car 10 Car 20
Battalions (unchanged)      
       
Services (Car 3, Car 30s, Car 300s)
Asst. Chief Services 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Car 3 Car 3
Facility Manager 2007 Ford F-150 Car 11 Car 31
Garage Supervisor 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Car 47 Car 32
Shop 1 (mobile service vehicle) 2000 Freightliner FL60 Shop SVC Car 320
On-Call Mechanic n/a n/a Car 321
Delivery Van 1 1999 Dodge van Car 42 Car 310
Box Truck 1 2007 Isuzu NPR Car 49 Car 311
Reserve Car 1 2001 Ford Excursion RSV Car 52 Car 312
Expansion slot      
Expansion slot      
Expansion slot      
Expansion slot      
       
Office of the Fire Marshal (Car 4, Car 40s, Car 400s)
Fire Marshal 2006 Ford Expedition Car 4 Car 4
Deputy   unassigned Car 40
Investigator 1 2008 Ford F-350 Car 20 Car 401
Investigator 2 2000 Ford Excursion Car 21 Car 402
OFM Training Officer   unassigned Car 403
Public Fire Educator 2008 Ford Escape Car 199 Car 404
       
Asst. Fire Marshal 2001 Ford F-150 Car 191 Car 41
Deputy Fire Marshal 2002 Ford F-150 Car 192 Car 410
Deputy Fire Marshal 1995 Chevy Impala (shared) Car 197 Car 411
Deputy Fire Marshal 1995 Chevy Impala (shared)   Car 412
Deputy Fire Marshal 1995 Chevy Impala (shared)   Car 413
Deputy Fire Marshal 2005 Chevrolet Colorado Car 193 Car 414
Deputy Fire Marshal 2009 Ford Escape Car 196 Car 415
Deputy Fire Marshal 2007 Ford Ranger Car 209 Car 416
       
Asst. Fire Marshal 2002 Chevrolet Impala Car 97 Car 42
Platoon Deputy FM 2010 Ford Escape Car 40 Car 420
Deputy Fire Marshal 2001 Chevrolet Impala Car 90 Car 421
Deputy Fire Marshal 2008 Ford Ranger Car 206 Car 422
Deputy Fire Marshal 2008 Ford Ranger Car 203 Car 423
Deputy Fire Marshal 2011 Ford Escape Car 99 Car 424
Deputy Fire Marshal Crown Vic   Car 425
       
Asst. Fire Marshal 2001 Ford Crown Victoria Car 92 Car 43
Deputy Fire Marshal 2011 Ford Escape   Car 430
Deputy Fire Marshal 2008 Ford Ranger   Car 431
       
Asst. Fire Marshal 2004 Chevrolet Impala Car 98 Car 44
Deputy Fire Marshal 2004 Chevrolet Colorado Car 207 Car 440
Deputy Fire Marshal 2011 Ford Escape   Car 441
Deputy Fire Marshal 2007 Ford Ranger Car 208 Car 442
Deputy Fire Marshal 2002 Chevrolet Impala Car 94 Car 443
Deputy Fire Marshal 2002 Chevrolet Impala Car 195 Car 444
Deputy Fire Marshal 2012 Ford Escape   Car 445
       
Assistant Fire Marshal   unassigned/future Car 45
Reserve 2000 Chevrolet Impala RSV 93  
Reserve 2001 Chevrolet Impala RSV 95  
Reserve 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up n/a  
Reserve 1998 Dodge Dakota n/a  
       
Training (Car 5, Car 50s, Car 500s)
Asst. Chief Training 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Car 5 Car 5
Emergency Services Mgr. 2009 Ford F-250 Car 72 Car 51
EMS Coordinator 2005 Ford Explorer Car 73 Car 52
Academy Coordinator 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 Car 74 Car 53
Career Development Officer 2010 Ford F-250 Car 75 Car 54
Haz-Mat Coordinator 2007 Ford F-350 Car 71 Car 55
Asst. EMS Coordinator 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Car 41 Car 520
EMS Part-Time Coordinator   unassigned Car 521
Delivery Van 1994 Dodge Van Car 78 n/a
       

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