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Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Gillis Aug 31, 2010. 33 Replies

Do you thing Volunteer Fire Companies could provide better service to their customers (the community, and mutual aid partners) if each company specialized in one aspect of the fire service? Much like…Continue

 

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Oct 22, 2010
Rick Franks replied to FFN WebTeam's discussion Tennessee Firefighters Let Home Burn Over Subscription Issue
"Brother and Sister Fire Fighters the idea of subscription fire service in not new, it is how fire service in this country began even before Ben Franklin organized the very first volunteer fire company. Neighborhood Bucket Brigades would only…"
Oct 6, 2010
Mike Moore replied to Rick Franks's discussion Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?
"You may have something here, Rick. This same thought has crossed my mind a time or two. I have read all the responses and though a good many of them have provided a number of sound reasons why it wouldn't work, I applaude your consideration of…"
Jul 16, 2010
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Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?

Do you thing Volunteer Fire Companies could provide better service to their customers (the community, and mutual aid partners) if each company specialized in one aspect of the fire service? Much like career departments have Engine companies, Truck companies, Rescue companies, Hazmat units etc...Even though each company is a separate organization would the quality of service be better if each company mastered one aspect of the fire service and then worked together with neighboring companies to…See More
Jul 16, 2010
Norm Tindell replied to Rick Franks's discussion Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?
"Like many have said before, small volunteer departments like ours must be able to do it all. The nearest mutual aid company is 15 minutes on a good day. We can handle just about anything that occurs in our town. The main reason is manpower. I dream…"
Jul 16, 2010
John L. VanAuken replied to Rick Franks's discussion Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?
"So far I am in agreement with all the post, and many points have been made. Our District covers 220 square miles mostly rural, as well as city protection. We all have jobs to go to, so makes it tough to have set companys. We have to be trained in…"
Jul 16, 2010
55 TRUCK replied to Rick Franks's discussion Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?
"I would have to agree that 95% of the time a Vol. Dept. Doesn't have the time or man power to specialise in one area. You basicly must be a Jack of all Trades. I know personnely of 1 Vol. Dept. That is a Paid dept now. But for over 40yrs they…"
Jul 16, 2010
Tony P replied to Rick Franks's discussion Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?
"My fire service is large. All the stations are multi-purpose, to different degrees. All firefighters are exactly that 'firefighters', we have no such thing as dedicated 'engine' or 'truck' or 'rescue'…"
Jul 15, 2010
Jay Nicholson replied to Rick Franks's discussion Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?
"This isn't limited to the VFD. Departments that are linked geographically should, to a certain degree specialize. Every deptartment need not have a truck, haz-mat, heavy rescue, water tenders, brush rigs, light-and-air etc. But it requires a…"
Jul 15, 2010
Perry Bryant replied to Rick Franks's discussion Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?
"No, being volunteer its best to be diverse to both attract the largest amount of volunteers as well as to provide the best protection for its community as well as provide mutual aid. My company operates out of two stations and utilizes 2 pumper…"
Jul 15, 2010
austin munro replied to Rick Franks's discussion Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?
"i come from a volunteer department that specializes in its own aspect. i'm in the ladder company and my company specializes in mainly ventilation and victim removal from above ground stories, however we also practice other company specialties…"
Jul 15, 2010
ashfire replied to Rick Franks's discussion Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?
"In our county we have some volunteer stations that have special operations. One operates a Water Supply Operations. They have a couple of units that carry 5" large diameter hose and a few engines with a pump rated over 2000GPM. The company…"
Jul 15, 2010
JOSEPH MONTONDO replied to Rick Franks's discussion Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?
"i agree with all the comments so far. in my dept we cover a city with a pop. of around 4000 and mutual aid with a neighboring city that im just guessing has 2000-3000 between the two cities they have two paid fireman and the rest vollunteer. our two…"
Jul 15, 2010
FETC replied to Rick Franks's discussion Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize
"Lets not sugar coat it here fellas.... this has already happened over and over in the fire service. First department to get that big tanker years ago, or aerial ladder, then it was a Heavy Rescue.... now it is the tech rescue stuff, confined space,…"
Jul 15, 2010
Reg Mathis replied to Rick Franks's discussion Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize
"I'd have to agree with John here, our territory is so wide and we get toned out on so many different types of calls, I believe we are serving our community best by being a Jack-of-all-Trades..."
Jul 15, 2010

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Increasing hours of training needed, and decreasing volunteerism.

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Reservist Fire Fighters

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Tribute to firefighters

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 4:07pm 1 Comment

FIREFIGHTERS
They are a special breed one and all
Willing to give it their all on every call
Weather to fight the beast or to save a life
Morning, noon, or night
They never give up the fight
When that fight requires their life
We must never forget their children or their wife
For brothers and sister all are we
Whenever one falls we should all bend a knee

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At 12:17pm on June 9, 2010, Jack/dt said…
Rick,
Thanks for the invite, great article you wrote. Love to see it grow legs.
Stay safe,
Jack
At 5:06pm on February 1, 2010, Karen Lee FitzPatrick said…
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Hi Rick:

sorry i am so late in replying. I hope you had a very nice holiday season. Now it's almost Va;lentines Day!--KOaren Lee and Friends www.karenleefitzpatrick.com
At 2:20pm on November 11, 2009, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Rick, Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you joined the group.There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Have fun and look around.

Chief William Sharp
Brookings, Oregon
 
 
 

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