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Fire Suppression –Operations Chief Andrew OlesenFirefighters fighting fire inside building

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department staffs eight engine companies, one quint, one truck company, one rescue company and two battalion chiefs. They operate on a 24 hours on, 48 hours off schedule consisting of three shifts of firefighters, captains, and battalion chiefs.

Engines are staffed with a captain and two firefighters. They are responsible for extinguishing the fire as well as searching the structure for victims. They also respond to all medical calls.

The truck company is staffed with a captain and anywhere from two to three firefighters. They are in charge of ventilating the structure to release the hot gases and smoke, forcible entry, shutting off utilities and setting up ladders. The Quint is set up as a second truck company but primarily operates as an engine unless its truck equipment is needed. It also includes extrication equipment.

The rescue is staffed with a captain and one firefighter. It carries the primary extrication and stabilization equipment, a cascade system to refill the firefighter’s air bottles, initial hazmat and rope rescue equipment as well as a variety of other tools.

Contact Information:
Andrew Olesen
Assistant Chief
Cedar Rapids Fire Department
713 1st Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Phone: 319-286-5200

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