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Re: German Collectibles (Scale 1/87)
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2016, 05:21:48 PM »
Tactical Control Units (TCU's) were staffed by regular paid members of the department. These paid members volunteered to be assigned to a Tactical Control Unit. TCU's were basically extra units placed into service and manned during hours of peak fire activity in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The TCU's served as additional firefighting companies (engines and ladders) during the afternoon and evening hours to assist regular engine and ladder companies in neighborhoods with heavy fire duty. They were sometimes referred to as engines and ladders (i.e., Engine 513, Ladder 712). If you type in "TCU" or "Tactical Control Unit" in the search bar, there's a wealth of information regarding the TCU's on this forum.

Here's a short article written by Chief of Department O'Hagan in With New York Firefighters, titled "1970 - A New Era in the FDNY...Tactical Control Force":

"TCUs work 37 1/2 hrs; report for duty at 1430 hrs at a firehouse 'in an outlying area'; 30 minutes to drive w/assigned apparatus to quarters they will operate from; in service as a conventional engine or truck until 0030 hrs; 30 minutes to drive back to firehouse where their apparatus is stored; work 3 shifts and then 85 hrs off; 5% night differential for all hrs; all members volunteers and interviewed and selected for  their 'firefighting experience, attitude, appearance, background and knowledge'; an officer and 7 firefighters in TCU trucks; an officer and 6 firefighters in engines; all engine and ladder companies in adaptive response areas have rosters of 31 firefighters and staffed with 'a minimum of 6 firefighters at all times'; increased staffing to match 2 engine and 1 truck adaptive response; all non-firefighting details would be covered from an 'administrative quota' of firefighters to maintain minimum unit manning."

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Re: German Collectibles (Scale 1/87)
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2016, 05:21:48 PM »

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Re: German Collectibles (Scale 1/87)
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2016, 05:45:36 PM »
Here's a quick list of the Tactical Control Units,

TCU 512 (Engine) - Organized at 525 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx (E45) on 11/15/1969, Disbanded 11/27/1971
TCU 513 (Engine) - Organized at 1226 Seneca Ave., Bronx (E94/L48) on 11/15/1969, Disbanded 11/27/1971
TCU 531 (Engine) - Organized at 657 Liberty Ave., Brooklyn (E225) on 11/29/1969, Disbanded 2/19/1972
TCU 712 (Ladder) - Organized at 1215 Intervale Ave., Bronx (E82/L31) on 11/15/1969, Moved to 1264 Boston Rd., Bronx (E85) on 7/8/1971, Disbanded 11/24/1972 to organize Ladder 59
TCU 731 (Ladder) - Organized at 850 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn (E209/L102) on 11/29/1969, Disbanded on 11/27/1971
TCU 732 (Ladder) - Organized at 582 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn (E277/L112) on 3/21/1970, Moved to 266 Rockaway Ave., Brooklyn (E232) on 9/24/1971, Disbanded on 8/5/1972 to organize Ladder 176

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Re: German Collectibles (Scale 1/87)
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2016, 05:03:35 PM »
Thank you very much.

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