02/03/13 261 W, 2 I - + 5 - 2 Here Come The Squads

Get ready for new rescue assets in Raleigh. Two engines become squads at 0800 on Tuesday, February 5. They're a pair of 2004 American LaFrance pumpers equipped as rescue engines. Squad 14 replaces Engine 14, and Squad 15 replaces Engine 15. You can read about the new units and the larger special operations reorganization in recent issues of the fire department's newsletter.

In addition to the regular engine company equipment, the squads will carry a full compliment of extrication equipment (cutters, spreaders, three rams), rescue jacks, power tools (drills, reciprocating saws, grinders), a torch, K12 and vent saws (for truck work), rope rescue equipment and hardware, water rescue equipment, and an inflatable boat.

How will they respond for rescue duties? For single-family dwelling structure fires, the city's been divided into thirds. Either Rescue 1 (new five-person unit), Squad 14, or Squad 15 will be dispatched. On working fire assignments, the rescue will be added. A squad will respond along with rescue on vehicle accidents with pin-ins. Ditto for technical rescue calls like MVA bus/train and water rescue. For other technical rescue call types, such as confined space and high-level, two squads will respond with rescue. 

Each squad will also staff a support unit. Squad 15 will have an 18-wheeler equipped with extra equipment, notably confined space materials. They'll take the second truck on technical rescue calls. Squad 14 will have a 2007 Pierce rescue, also at the station, for carrying extra equipment and for use as a reserve rescue unit. Unit numbers for the second vehicles TBD. Click to enlarge a couple shots of Squad 14 getting outfitted:

They’ve got to change that squad sticker on the front bumper. It looks terrible! Firenews.net gave some better looking examples.
Mike - 02/03/13 - 19:08

Exciting times ahead for the Raleigh FD….
Jim - 02/03/13 - 21:10

Are the squads on a longer chassis than regular engines?
Andrew - 02/04/13 - 22:25

Way to go Raleigh, its good to see the city try to use a program such as this! Mike or Legeros, where on the firenews.net site can I find the examples of the front bumper graphic?
Watson - 02/04/13 - 22:37

Squad 15’s support unit will have an abundance of trench/ collapse equipment. @Jim, these are exciting times ahead in Raleigh. While met with some negativity (imagine that), I’m ecstatic that the RFD is putting the Heavy Rescue concept combined with Squad’s on the map in these parts.
Silver - 02/04/13 - 23:15

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