10/21/06 51 W, 1 I - + 16 - 16 Wake County Ladders

Question regarding Wake County ladder trucks. How many are staffed as strict truck companies? How many are used as quints? Just curious. Left to right, top to bottom: Apex, Apex, Bay Leaf, Fuquay, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Wendell, Zebulon.

The first pic for Apex, the 75’ stick, is currently a reserve. Rumor has it that it will see service and run as a quint.

The second pic, the tower, is staffed now, but with bare minimum (usually 2) to get it to the scene. In my opinion, not being run as a truck company. Maybe when it gets a crew of 3, and some people get truck ops training, then it will be run as a true truck. One can hope…
Silver - 10/22/06 - 21:07

They had an excellent Fall Fire School in Charlotte this weekend. One of the many classes offered was Truck Company Ops, taught by Mike Dugan, Mike Ciampo (both from FDNY) and Mike Wilson from Charlotte. There were only about 9 people from Wake county there, of that only 2 in the truck company class. So why weren’t more there and why weren’t you there taking that truck ops class because I know RFD isn’t offerring any type class?
One of few from Wake County - 10/23/06 - 14:31

See this Watch Desk thread for additional comments: http://www.thewatchdesk.com/forum/showth..
Legeros - 10/23/06 - 20:42

Not that I have to justify anything to anyone on this blog; but, I am man enough to give my real name; I was in the mountains on a much needed get away. I am anticipating the next school though, looking forward to it, and plan on attending.
Silver - 10/23/06 - 23:26

^ and once you take that class and become an even better “truckie”, you’ll just get moved to an engine company at a slow station. seems like that’s how it always works.
pal - 10/24/06 - 10:37

True, so true Pal….
Silver - 10/24/06 - 11:34

Does that mean that you should just say screw it then and not strive to be the best in the position that you are in, so that you and your crew can go home? Besides with as short handed as some departments are or just the luck of you being close to a fire when it comes it,then you will have to do truck work. You might have to force the door, because the first due truck company is out on a call, or you just happen to be coming down the same street one day when the dispatch goes out, or you pull up on the eng and there is someone at that second floor window. For that very chance you need to be proficent at throwing ladders and opening up the building. If you say that you learned that stuff in the accademy, doesn’t mean that you cant get better at it!
GFDLT1 - 10/24/06 - 13:39

Whoever said that? That you don’t need to stay educated? All we were saying is that we can take all the truck ops, engine ops, hazmat, etc. classes in the world, and the way some things go, you get transferred off that assignment.
Silver - 10/24/06 - 14:11

Well that just makes you a more educated fireman, cause everyone knows TRUCKIES RULE!!!!!!!!
Wayne - 10/26/06 - 18:15

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