Originally Posted by Swipesy
I guess my logical accounting/finance mind does not work when it comes to anything government related but it would seem if the dispatcher and unit users would just say Chagrin Engine 1 or Solon Engine 1 problem solved. But then again I am sure government has a reason, logical or not for using their method.
There is a logical reason. Several, in fact. . .
Most CAD systems these days are looking for a unique number to identify the apparatus. It's faster and much more efficient to type "E61" instead of "Chagrin Engine 1."
In addition, emergency scenes get to be pretty confusing when there are three units on scene all called "Engine 1." Lots easier to say "Engine 61 to Engine 51" instead of "Chagrin Engine 1 to Solon Engine 1," especially if the burning building is about to collapse around you and you need water.