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We're having a company staffing issue (FF Union against City). We have 142 company in service = 69 engines (staffed with 4), 51 ladders (staffed with 3), 2 heavy rescue (rope rescue staffed with 4), 6 light rescue (salvage, water and ice rescue staffed with 4), 1 hazmat unit (staffed with 4), 1 heavy rescue (trench unit staffed with 2), 3 tankers (staffed with 1), 2 air unit (staffed with 2), 1 command post unit (staffed with 2) and a few other. We want to staffed all our initial call unit with a minimum of 4. So, all ladders should be at 4.

Since 2007 we're implementing EMS+defib in all our 66 firestations.

We're 2300 uniformed FF and about 400 civilians.

Every shift need 495 FF in duty.

We're a french speaking department but we deliver services in both official langages (english and french).

We serve and protect 1.8 millions citizens
I'm lieutenant at station 20 (downtown, chinatown and old Montreal area) shift A1. Our house as an engine (220) and a ladder (420).

We do EMS+Defib since march 2009. So, i'm certified!

Our firehouse respond to about 1700 calls a year. Now, with EMS we can double these calls.
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At 10:11am on June 16, 2009, Dave McGrail said…
Hello Brother,

I'd love to discuss high-rise operations with you.

What do you want to start with???

Dave Mc.

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