The Last Resort Fire Department is comprised of over a
dozen classic antique fire apparatus operated by dedicated and highly
trained volunteer personnel. To operate a fleet this large
requires organization and direction to maximize efficiency and provide
the safest possible environment for our members, guests and the motoring
public. To accomplish this, the LRFD operates under a "Command
System" with structured operational guidelines for its members that
require strict adherence to prescribed policies.
Command System is comprised of many positions of authority and
responsibility. The "Command Officer" has overall responsibility
for the management of the group while attending events. The
"Operations Officer" has the responsibility to "direct" the LRFD's event
operations. The role of the "Operations Officer" is a vital link
to the safe, efficient management of our fleet during a day's outing.
tremendous amount of planning goes into each event we attend. The
Operations Officer's duties start long before the first truck leaves our
facility. Once on the road, his command post is this 1992 Ford
Bronco XLT, which can be seen leading our convoy of fire apparatus.
This "command post on wheels" is equipped with warning devices and an
extensive array of state-of-the-art communications equipment. Its
compact size and maneuverability afford easy contact with event
officials once we arrive at the event site or staging area. Once
initial contact is made, "Operations" can then be put on display with
the other fire apparatus, or proceed to a location to assist the fleet
of fire apparatus out of the area at the conclusion of the event.
At that point, arrangements are made for the swift departure of the
fleet and "Operations" leads our apparatus back to our facility in
Ballard. Problems of any nature, be it mechanical, medical or
logistical, are channeled through the "Operations Officer" for