Firefighting

TO BUY (OR NOT TO BUY) A QUINT

Issue 4 and Volume 154.

BY JAKE RIXNER Many fire departments across the country are exploring the possibility of purchasing a quint. These five-function vehicles offer progressive fire service leaders new options on their arrival at the scene of a working fire. As with any radical new concept, “working the bugs out” to optimize performance takes time, commitment, and training by all parties involved. This article examines my actual experiences trying to achieve these goals. (Note: Switching to quints is a major decision. Thoroughly study the issue from various perspectives, especially how it will “fit” your department and affect firefighter safety and performance. See “The Pros and Cons of Quints” for some factors that should be considered.) A quint operating at a one-alarm fire in a building under construction at Virginia Commonwealth University. (Photos by author.) Click here to enlarge image Richmond, Virginia, is a city that encompasses 200,000 people in an area of 62.5…

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