Engineer, Captain in front and in back 4 SCBA seats with two fold down seats by each door. They are similar to theater seats that fold up and out of the way when not in use. Allows for two extra people if necessary or available
"2 people can't do anything "safely" on a fire scene by themselves " - depends on the fire Zak, I've seen a few small ones, like domestic bins, that two people could easily handle safely.
BUT, under my fire service rules any fire call must have at least six FF's on scene, we cover that (in my area) by always responding two stations. Why? Because as we all know, it's only a small fire after we've arrived and checked it. Small jobs can grow into big jobs quite easily... We've had that call for a 'bin fire' that two people could handle turn out to be 42 bins on fire - much better to have more people available for that one!
It all depends on the fire dept needs and staffing abilities. If you don't have the resources to put more then 2 or 3 people on a unit, then consider a 2 door chassis. Any concerns with you apparatus length may cause you to take in considerations of # of doors depending on your capability requirements (pump, tank, etc). The other concern for depts is the cost. If you can't afford, then you can't do it.
As far as 2 people not doing anything safely on a fire. Yes for the most part however that doesn't mean 2 people can't respond in each engine. Defensive attack can be done safely till more staffing arrives. Another note, if you can afford it, get a custom cab, safer design, better functionality for the fire service.
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