March Roundtable Replies: Truck Doing Engine Work

In your department, would truck companies ever be expected to perform what is normally considered “engine” company functions? Here are replies to this month's Roundtable question from some Fire Engineering readers; read Skip Coleman's reply HERE.  Thomas Dunne, deputy chief, Fire Department of New YorkResponse: Because of the size of the FDNY, there are generally an adequate number of engine companies for an operation. Ladder units are primarily used for their unique functions only. If an incident commander senses that he doesn’t have enough of either type of unit, a multiple alarm or special call will provide the resources he requires. If he is proactive ...

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