I agree with all the posts that use riding assignments and the statements about taking some of the confusion away on the scene. I've been trying to push for this in my department but always hit a road block with the officers. The usual story is we're to small of a department, we don't know who'll be responding or every scene is different. My thought is that if the responding members have a starting point of what is expected of them upon arrival, they will be better prepared to perform those jobs and any change from the norm would be easier to adapt to. It seems not having them leave more for the IC to filter through among everything else he's doing. Jobs wouldn't be missed or duplicated. All I can do is keep pushing and try to show the validity and benefits from having position assignments.
Here in the home world, riding assignments started with one officer and has spread to one of three shifts. At my station we have riding assignments for our quint company and medic company for both engine and truck functions. If we are both in house we have one of our medics jump over to the quint. Additionally, we have extended the assignments to dive/water operations, rural/wildland operations, and Cardio Cerebral resuscitation operations. The assignments make working at a busy central fire house with a lot of support apparatus a lot more manageable. I'll try to follow up with an attached form to illustrate better.
I work as a career firefighter where our captain has assigned us riding positions and running with a volunteer company that does not have any thing like this implemented I have seen how much this works. I think that it greatly increases your effeciency on the fireground and now the officer has one less thing to worry about on the way and when we get there. I absolutely love the idea of having riding positions on the truck. I am looking to try to get my volunteer company to implement something like this. We run two engines and a tanker back home if anybody has thoughts on how to tailor these ideas to a rural department and ideas to get them in house it would greatly appreciated.