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What are the expectations, duties, and responsibilities of the second-due truck company in your department? Are these duties clearly articulated, and more importantly, understood by all members? Are these responsibilities addressed consistantly at every incident? If the luxury of a second-due truck company doesn't apply to your jurisdiction, who addresses truck company duties on the fireground?

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Normally for us in Portland the second due truck is doing ventilation. The first due truck is doing forcible entry for the engines and then performing a search while the second due truck is tasked with ventilation. Normally the first due truck will leave their chauffer with the rig to make the set so when the second due truck arrives they can get right to work while thier chauffer hopefully can get them a second means off the roof if needed. Our SOP's are fluid enough though that whoever is in command makes the assignments and can change them on the fly if needed. As of right now we have a Heavy Rescue that can perform truck functions if needed, i.e. utilities control, search etc... which helps however thier talking about closing that company this year due to budget cuts. Hope that helps.
In the FDNY, 2nd due truck is the floor above truck. We make contact with the 1st due Engine to assure they know we are going above (I always grab the nozzleman and tell him, it is a blood contract then). We will conduct primary search of the floor above and open up for fire extension. My OVM (Outside vent) will be operating in the bucket on my floor and my roof guy will be assisting the 1st due roof.


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