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  1. While I don't know if Station 17 ever had a separate Engine and a separate Ladder company currently that house has been regularly assigned a Quint.
  2. That's a pretty good deal to be able to dispatch yourself on an alarm. Where I'm from only some of the brass gets the privilege of self dispatching.If If I'm correct the Haz Mat Squads in Los Angeles also operate as Manpower Squads af fires. I know that Los Angeles lost quite a few companies during the height of the recession which had included 11 Engines and 7 Light Forces. While several of the Engines were put back in service I understand that none of the Light Forces have been put back in service yet. I hope that they finally start putting those Light Forces back in service for a City the size of Los Angeles to lose 7 Trucks is a big deal.
  3. What are the calls that they would nornally get dispatched on beside building collapses and major wrecks? For example do the USARS normally get dispatched on Greater Alarm or Major Emergency fires? Who is usually assigned to RIT duties at a fire? For example when Category A or a Category B fire is dispatched and it is found out to be a working fire do they call for an additional company to perform RIT duties or do they assign one of the Engines that are on the scene to be the RIT company? I know that a Category A fire usually only gets one Light Force so do they then call for a second Light force for RIT duties or do they just use one of the Engines for that. I know that many places use Trucks for RIT duties but there are some towns that also use Engines as RIT companies. When I say RIT I mean Rapid Intervention teams. Thanks.
  4. So EMT_FS46 are you saying that USAR 88 gets dispatched to Incidents before the other 5 will get dispatched to the scene and only if a second USAR is needed will one of the other 5 go? Even though USAR 88 officially has a 2 man crew who man's it once on the scene of the incident? For example are the companies at 88's station also considered to be a USAR Task Force or does USAR 88 respond without Task Force 88?
  5. While I don't have exact dates on all of the moves (as I am not from LA) I understand that at different times in the past Station 3 did have a Heavy Utility (which is what the Heavy Rescues were once called) did have one assigned to the station. I had read that there was a Heavy Utility that had been assigned to Station 14 from 1948 until 1960 when they were relocated Station 3. I think that the one one at Station 3 was relocated to the Old Station 6. In 1967 to my understanding Heavy Utility 6 received a new Crown Heavy Wrecker that was painted Yellow and they were relocated to Station 27 was the Old Station 6 was torn down. While I don't have any dates I have a suspicion that the one at Station 27 was Station 3. I am not sure if the one at Station 56 was relocated there from Station 27 or whether they were relocated there from Station 3 because I believe that sometime in the early 80's Station 3 did have the Heavy Rescue assigned there probably before the current Station 56 was opened. Does any one on this site have the specific dates and years that the Heavy Utilities were in service. Such as when did Heavy Utility 88 go in service and when were they taken our of service? I believe that the one at Station 88 was only in service for about 3 years as the new (current Station) was opened in 1975 and there were major cutbacks in 1978 which is probably when Heavy Utility 88 was taken out of service The one at the current Station 88 was a newer Mack Heavy Wrecker however when the one at Station 88 was taken out of service (probably around 1978) it was relocated to Station 3 and then to 27 and eventually ended up at Station 56 when the current house was opened. Perhaps someone on this site might have a more detailed or specific history.
  6. A better way to put it is to say that they have a dedicated staff assigned to them because are they still dispatched to scene either with their Light Force or their Engine so they can have fullsized crew to operate their equipment? Or when they dispatch USAR 88 are they dispatched by themselves with only the 2 man crew? I know that the other 5 USAR units normally will get dispatched either with their Light Force or their Engine in order to have someone drive the unit to the scene as well as to have a full sized crew to operate it once it gets to the incident Is the normal practice to dispatch the USAR units with their Light Force to scene of an incident or they normally dispatch them along with their Engine company to the scene of an incident?
  7. Pump 305 I recall when there were 2 Heavy Rescues in service one was at Station 88 and the other was at Station 6 and at the time the were known as Heavy Utilities. Where was the third one at ? Was that Heavy Utility 14 that you are talking about. I understand that they were relocated further north around 1960 so I am not sure 3 were actually being operated at the same time or whether they had just relocated one of them?
  8. Yes when WIlliam Bamattre was the Chief of the Fire Department there was a plan to put a second Heavy Rescue in service at Station 89.
  9. While I'm not from Houston I can tell you that Houston hasn't been using any Tillered Aerial Ladders and they have been using rear mounted Aerial Ladders and Tower Ladders for a long time. Perhaps they might have used them years ago but definitely not for at at least the last 30 years. I highly doubt that they are about to order any TIllered Aerials either as the Mayor is looking for ways to save money and Tillered Aerials from what I understand are more expensive then rear mounted Aerials. In recent years they have been purchasing Ferrara and Spartan Erv rearmounts and Tower Ladders and they also have a few Pierces and I am sure that they still have some E Ones that they had ordered in the late 1990's. Perhaps you are talking about another town in Texas. Of the 5 Largest cities in Texas only Dallas is currently using any TIllered Aerial Ladder Trucks and they hare currently running with 7 of them at the moment. They are all Spartan Ervs.
  10. This is something that Pierce can't afford to do (meaning have so many Trucks that don't meet the specs). The LAFD city contract can be quite lucrative and Pierce was lucky to get the contract so they really better make good on it quickly. I would figure that they would have had better quality control at PIerce especially after they were able to develop a sterling reputation to become the number 1 fire apparatus manufacturer. Here KME which wasn't known for quality service and American La France going out of business I would think that Pierce would be a lot more careful that they were able to get back into the LA market with the Aerial Ladder contract. In the late 90's and early to mid 2000's LA city was getting alot of their new Engines from Pierce and to be frank I am under the impression that the reason why they started buying from KME is because the city finances were so poor that they started going with a cheaper product. The last thing that LA City and Pierce needs is a bunch of Trucks that are not in good shape.
  11. Thanks for printing the link to the article, Casey, I have been trying to follow that story. I wonder what is it with the people who live in that neighborhood in Van Nuy's? Los Angeles had built about 19 new stations over the last approximately 10 years and I hadn't heard of any civilian complaints or threatened lawsuits with any of the other fire stations that were built. The people who live in that residential neighborhood next to the proposed fire station are what are known a NIMBY'S which translated means Not In My Back Yard. They like to have the fire department when they need it but they don't want it nearby (within earshot). In other words they want to have their cake and eat it too.
  12. I know that Las Vegas Proper has a Class One ISO rating but didn't the urban area of Clark County also have a Class One rating as well at one time? I know that the Clark County fire department currently has a Class 2 rating within the urban areas that are covered by the paid department . Were they downgraded or am I just mistaking what I had thought was at one time to be a Class One rating of Clark County with that of Las Vegas proper?
  13. I too am surprised that Clark County would disband their Technical Rescue and Haz Mat team,considering not only the size of the County but also because the strategic assets and hazards within the jurisdiction of the Clark County fire department such as the the "Strip" with their hotels and resorts as well as the Airport. As the bulk of today's strip is actually located with municipal Clark County as opposed to Las Vegas proper ,disbanding both units seems almost unthinkable. Were the Technical and Hazardous Materials Units in Clark County also cross manned or were they dedicated units? I would assume that they were crossmanned and if a unit is cross manned then it really shouldn't be that much of a financial burden as the crews would be from an already existing fire company anyway. I do remember that the Technical Rescue Unit in Clark County was this large Tractot/Trailer type of Heavy Rescue Squad.
  14. Is Battalion 5's quarters now at Engine 57? If so when did they relocate ,right after they opened Engine 57 or did they wait awhile before they decided to relocate the Battalion Chief? Thanks
  15. Thanks I was wondering about how the CBRNE company was run. It is surprising to me that the HAZMAT company is cross manned and that the CBRNE isn't as I would have figured that the HAZ Mat company would be used more then the CBRNE company.