01/13/06 130 W - + 20 - 18 RFD Company Manning


A reader requested information about company manning in the Raleigh Fire Department. Both engines and trucks are staffed with four people. Rescue rides with two. Perhaps a quarter or more of the total engine and truck companies presently have five people. The majority of these are engine companies. There are a range of reasons that a company is assigned a fifth person, such as available dormitory space. Four-person companies often run with three people, though personnel is typically shifted to ensure priority staffing stations have four people at all times. These are stations on the edge of the city that may have extended response times for the second-arriving companies. Four people ensures compliance with the two-in/two-out rule for interior firefighting, and without waiting for additional personnel.



Also, there are no additional truck or rescue companies on the immediate horizon.
legeros - 01/13/06 - 03:30

Thanks for the info! Has there ever been talk of upgrading the rescues to a 3-4 man company with larger apparatus? Are the rescues the only apparatus that carry extrication equipment?
Noah Rogers (Email) - 01/13/06 - 17:24

Two of the rescue are planned to be replaced in the next budget year, I believe. The two Freightliner MedicMaster’s will be replaced with medium-duty, non-transport units similar to Rescue 7. No plans to expand the staffing that I’m aware of. Regarding extrication equipment, I believe all truck companies carry same as well.
legeros - 01/13/06 - 23:17

Staffing on paper is 4, and some units have 5, I say again, on paper. Alot of the time, Raleigh rides 3 on everything, 2 on the rescues. In the summer, when vacations are high, staffing is down to the bare minimum. Winter months, staffing is up. Hopefully, in the near future, a solution will come about to ensure 4 “man” staffing on everything, all of the time. Institute a hire back? Alot are hoping for it.

The truck companies all have spreaders,cutters, and saws-alls. Plans are in the works to also put 3 rams (small, med, large) on all trucks.
Guest - 01/17/06 - 05:20



  
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