11/17/06 66 W - + 12 - 18 Chasing Cary

Followed Cary Ladder 1 early this afternoon to a structure fire on Redgate Drive. Small fire, engine and truck remained on scene. Thank goodness for the Western Wake auto aid, as Cary seemingly doesn't include map book numbers any more. Couldn't tell the street name from the human voice. Wrengate? Westgate? Retgate? Locution wasn't much help on pronunction, either, but the map number was magic.

To the best of my knowlage, Cary has never given map page numbers on dispatch. They have MDT’s (Mobile Data Terminals) on all their trucks with Map Proviewer and Dispatch info. They do not need map numbers given to them on dispatch when the computer gives them all the info needed on disptach. They even have hydrant locations by address in the computers.

I don’t know what is going to happen to auto aid now that Western Wake Station 2 is closing. I guess Cary can’t give them enough call volume to keep that station alive anymore. With closest station dispatch, I guess Swift Creek, Apex, and Morrisville will have to fill the void.
FireDog (Email) - 11/20/06 - 00:50

There has been no decision made to close Western Wake Station 2. Such a decision would be made, I believe, by the department’s Board of Directors. There has been no decision made to discontinue county funding of Western Wake Station 2. Such a decision would be made by the County Commissioners.

There HAS been a report created to examine the issue. The report has NOT yet been presented to the Fire Commission, the group that would pass recommendations to the County Commissioners. The first version of the report was presented to the Western Wake Board of Directors. Based on data questions about the report, it is being withheld from the Fire Commission until those data questions are resolved.
Legeros - 11/20/06 - 07:52

That said, it has been long-speculated that Western Wake Station 2 would close someday, and perhaps sooner than later. Cary has annexation plans for the district, I believe, but those plans are a few years away.
Legeros - 11/20/06 - 07:55

Just saw the recent pics from the small fire they had, an I got a question What does cary use there “Truck companys” for? I’m not talking about the Ladders but rather the ones from the look of it is like a heavy rescue.
guest (Email) - 11/21/06 - 14:38

they are used as truck companies on calls carrying high angle rescue equipment, ground ladders, TIC’s and salvage equipment. They also carry the mobile air compressors and fill stations. They respond to residential fire alarms and gas leaks v. an aerial, and any fuel spill/haz mat call. An aerial responds with the engine to commercial gas leaks and fire alarms.

However if there is a call where an aerial is much closer than one of the trucks then the aerial will normally take the call.

For a structure fire call you get:
2 Engines
1 Ladder
1 Truck
1 Rescue
1 Auto Aid Engine
2 Batt Chiefs

A good working fire could bring another engine, truck, ladder or rescue as deemed by the IC. The layout for 2nd and 3rd alarms is still being worked on.

The trucks and ladders are interchangeable once on-scene as far as fire ground operations go. They also run the EMS calls out of the stations they are assigned to.

Staffing is:
1 Lieutenant
1 Engineer
1 Master Firefighter
1 Firefighter

and minimum is 3 personnel.

The new Truck 7 that is still in the spec process will also have a full compliment of vehicle extrication tools and equipment on it, and will have the ability to function as a rescue if needed.
CFP 7021 - 11/21/06 - 15:36

Nice looking rigs, wish RFD would get a few and call them rescues.
Guest - 11/21/06 - 17:22

Two such rigs from Pierce have been ordered and are due in some months, and will replace Rescue 14 and Rescue 19.

Raleigh operated service truck companies for several decades: http://www.legeros.com/ralwake/raleigh/a..
Legeros - 11/21/06 - 17:35

CFP 7021 thanks for the info really cleared things up and hey mike any word on Raleigh fully staffing there Rescues or still gonna stick with the two man company?
Guest from your city to the West. (Email) - 11/21/06 - 22:28

Unfortunately, looks like for now we’ll stick with 2 man companies….
Silver - 11/21/06 - 23:33

^I’ve been trying to tell you that for a while now!
pal - 11/22/06 - 10:17

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