We do have Apparatus assignments , What we call a order of roll . each is assigned for different types of calls, as far as FF assigments that is left up to the officer of the apparatus to assign his crew, I as IC assign the apparatus to theri given assignement.
Michael Bricault said:
2nd arriving engine generally establish water supply and/or stretch back up line (not secondary line; there is a difference.
Yes there is a huge difference, and yet another "basic" that is getting lost in the shuffle.
Mike Walker said:In OKC we don't have pre-assignments for our apparatus but I definitely see the value in it. Though we don't have pre-assignments most fires run along a "typical" algorythm if you will. Typically the first Engine establishes it's water supply, lays in and commences fire attack. The second Engine either does search or pulls the back-up line. The third Engine either performs search or pulls the back-up line (which ever the 2nd doesn't). 4th Engine catches RIT. Ladder company typically does ventilation.
Sometimes, if the situation warrants, that order of assignment will change depending on the needs of the incident. It is up to the I/C.
Mike, what about seat assignments on the apparatus? Does each seat have a certain responsibility, or is it as assigned?
1st Eng Co - fire attack (3-4 members)
1st Truck C - F/E, Search, Vent (3-4 members)
2nd Eng Co - water supply, back up line(there's a critical difference between back up and 2nd lines) (3-4 members)
1st due ALS Squad/ambo - utilities, secondary search (2-3 members)
3rd due Eng Co - RIT, 2nd line(if needed) (3-4 members)
1st Chief - Command (1 member)
2nd Chief - Safety (1 member)
We are still working on designated seat/tool assignments, but this is our box assignment for structure fires. The 1st alarm is 1 Eng Co and 1 Truck Co and the rest of the assignment is considered a 2nd alarm which is to be requested by the 1st due Officer. If the RIT is activated, a 3rd alarm is called which brings a replacement Eng Co, an addional Truck Co, and an ALS Squad. If there is a victim and the original ALS Squad needs to transport, then a replacement ALS Squad is requested.