Spare Apparatus

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Spare Apparatus

Postby FireBB » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:59 am

Interested in learning how other departments refer to their spare apparatus. Thinking of a hall with two regularly-used tankers and one spare.

Whereas the first regular tanker might be Tanker 4, and the second regular referred to as Tanker 44, how do others name their spare apparatus?

Thanks in advance.

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Postby guitarmedic87 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:48 pm

Spare Apparatus?...Must be nice.. :) We number our apparatus by station, so the pumper from Station One is Pumper 1-1, Station two is Pumper 2-1, etc... The tankers then just follow suit, Tanker 1-2, Tanker 1-3, etc.. Its nice knowing which station a certain truck is from. The rescues/squads are after that, rescue 1-5 etc. If we had a spare, it would just be the next number in line.

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Postby TGavinL62 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:57 pm

We have 3 stations and are called out by district or all together for big calls. 2 stations have a pump and tanker and are called by district Tanker 1, tanker 2, Pump 1, Pump 2 and our other station has other apparatuses, Rescue 3, Quint 3, Pump 3a, Pump 3b and so on. Works for us!

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Postby brad305 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:25 pm

Station number first. then the truck desigantion second 1 pumper, 2 pumper tanker, 3 tanker, 4 rescue, 5 squad. so at my hall being station 4 we have pump 41, squad 45 and tank 43

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Postby FF95 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:26 pm

Apparatus type and station number. Pumper from station 1 would be Pump 1 (P-1) or a tanker from station 3 would be Tank 3 (T-3)
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Postby splashover » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:55 am

Not sure if you are asking about volly rigs only but our rigs are numbered by the station. Station 1 has Rescue 1, Pump 1, Ladder 1. Station 12 would have Rescue 12 etc. Our spare rigs are numbered in the 40s, Pump 41 etc. When a rig goes out of service, the spare rig gets changed over and inherits the name of the rig it is replacing. Pump 41 is now running as Pump 1. In all communication, the spare pump is referred to as Pump 1 until the front line rig is back in service.

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Postby uzbek » Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:40 pm

Couple of examples:
Toronto normally uses three digit unit numbers corresponding to the station - e.g. Pumper 123 is at Station 123. If there was a spare there, it would be a four digit number beginning with 5, then the station number. So the spare at Station 123 would be Pumper 5123.

Whitby just keeps the numbers going. They have five stations with Pumpers 1 through 5. The spares are Pumpers 7 and 8 (one of the stations used to be Station 6).

London numbers its spares in the twenties - Engine 20, 21, etc. They have 14 halls.

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Postby Hacienda216 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:19 am

Will the spare only be used when another is out of service or is it just the "rarely used" spare that only rolls out for the big calls. If it only replaces an out of service rig, you could just assign it the OOS rig's call sign. Maybe give it a special designation; if it replaces Tank-4 call it "Tank 4-B". If it is occassionally responding while all the other tanks are in use as well then ya, I would give it it's own number. We run 1 of each truck in our halls, so no problem here, but some of our neighbours have a set up something like...

Pumps #1-2
Tanks # 3-5
Rescues # 9
"Cars" (old ambulances? not really sure what they do) # whatever they want

Ex. The pumps from Stn 2 would be P21 and P22, tanks would be T24 & T25. They also have a "Car 2" which is different from say..."Rescue 39" which is a full-on heavy rescue. The "Car 2's" of the world seem to be primarily people-movers, but it is seperate and distinct from their Deputy chief's vehicle, which also goes by "Car 2" (says Car 2 on the side of it anyway), in which case they start refering to their first "Car 2" (old ambulance) as Car 22.....This is something that is a great source of comedy to anyone listening to the radio transmissions.

If I were you, I'd just scrap the old tanker and save your self the headache, hahaha.

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Postby MFD_31 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:49 pm

The department (and mutual aid area) I used to be in had a 3 digit #. First # was the department. The second # was the type (1=engine, 2=tanker, 3=rescue). The last # was the unit # (1-first out, 2-second out, etc)

211 - department, engine, first out
221 - department, tanker, first out
231 - department, rescue, first out
232 - department, rescue, second out

I think later they added 4 - ladder, snorkel, etc. as one dept has that #.
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slight correction

Postby solidgoldvfr » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:23 am

[quote=""uzbek""]Couple of examples:
Toronto normally uses three digit unit numbers corresponding to the station - e.g. Pumper 123 is at Station 123. If there was a spare there, it would be a four digit number beginning with 5, then the station number. So the spare at Station 123 would be Pumper 5123.
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Just to clarify, in the T-dot, spares have their own unit identifier beginning with number 5 (as TO has 4 command areas) - i.e., 5134. If P123 is out, truck 5134 is assigned and becomes P123C (charlie) to identify it as a spare for all communications. When required, unit 5134 would then be swapped out to another hall and become, for example, R426C.
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