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The duties of the second to arrive engine vary greatly depending upon what you respond to, staffing, type of water supply, and hosebed design.

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Here is how we deal with the street positioning in Chicago; First engine pulls past the building and reports on the dispatch radio channel the direction of travel. All the rest of the responders hear this report. The next rig on the street is the truck for use of the aerial in front. They travel down the street the same way as the first engine even if they have to go around the block to do it. The next rig is the second engine . They back down to the rear of the first truck and drop any needed hose for what ever. Then they drive forward to the opposite corner to secure their own hydrant. This clears the street, stops the hose knots, leaves room for the truck at the front and makes room for anticipated use of the tower ladders if need be.
Jim Mason Chicago FD
I guess we could get 2 trucks down the street but we try to get water on the fire quickly as our exposure problems are often severe with all the frame construction so the 2nd engine will only wait for the 1st truck.
Jim Mason
Chicago FD


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