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Equipment and Responses/Equipment Assigned

Redwood City Fire Department is made up of seven fire stations, which include 7 engines (although, 1 engine is closed due to budget cuts), 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Squad, 1 Breathing Support Vehicle, 1 Fire Boat, 1 Rescue Boat, 1 Patrol and 1 Battalion Chief.

Fire Engine

The fire engine is equipped with over 2500' of hose, 500 gallons of water and a pump to pressurize the hoses for firefighting. It carries medical gear, rescue tools and 3 personnel. The personnel consists of 1 Captain, 1 Firefighter/Paramedic, and 1 Firefighter.

Ladder Truck

The tiller-ladder truck is equipped with various rescue tools, such as the Jaws of Life, chain saws, pry bars and extension ladders. The main ladder extends 100 feet in the air and is used for reaching the 6th & 7th floors in a high rise building, along with providing a water tower for firefighting. The truck carries 4 personnel. The personnel consists of 1 Captain, 1 Firefighter/Paramedic and 2 Firefighters.

Breathing Support

The Breathing Support vehicle is a mobile air compressor used to fill the Self Contained Breathing Appartus used by Firefighters during a fire. This vehicle responds to all multiple alarm fires in the South County and will respond if requested throughout the County. Normally 1 or 2 people will be assigned to this vehicle during a fire.

Battalion Chief Vehicle

The Battalion Chief's vehicle is used for establishing a command post at the scene of an emergency. It carries a laptop computer, various radios, a fax machine, a printer and a work desk for keeping track of all personnel, Engines and Ladder Trucks. There is 1 person assigned to this vehicle.

Patrol 12

This type IV engine is used primarily for wildland fires. It is equipped with a full compliment of hose, 400 gallon water tank and a 20 gallon class "A" foam tank. It also carries a variety of hand and power tools. Patrol 12 travels with Engine 12 during wildland season and can be special requested when needed throughout the year.

Zodiac Rescue Boat
The Zodiac inflatable boat is 10 feet long and is used for any type of water rescue in the bay. It carries life jackets, ropes and some rescue gear. It is not normally staffed by any personnel until an emergency arises. An engine company would be assigned to this piece of equipment.

Responses/Equipment Assigned

  • Public Assist such as a flooding condition in your home: 1 Fire Engine
  • Medical Emergencies such as heart attack, stroke or general first aid: 1 Fire Engine
  • Water Rescue: 1 Zodiac (staffed by an Engine company), 1 Battalion Chief
  • Vehicle accidents: 1 Fire Engine, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Battalion Chief.
  • Hazardous Materials spills: 2 Fire Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Battalion Chief
  • Fires in a single family dwelling: 5 Fire Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 2 Battalion Chief
  • Fires or fire alarms in a high rise building or hospital: 4 Fire Engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs

 

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