Aerials, Apparatus, Cantankerous Wisdom, Features, Pumpers, Tankers

Cantankerous Wisdom: Report from the Shows, Part 2

This KME pumper, for Stamford, Connecticut, features a low hosebed and multiple rear discharges-a favorite of urban departments. Upper and lower hand holes in the hosebed dividers, a decent sized rear step, a good-sized treadplate step over the compartment door, full-height vertical grab rails, and a full-width bar over the enclosed traffic advisor light makes for a user-friendly rear end. My only concern would be when the top of the bed must be accessed. How do you get to it? When full of hose, how do you get off of it?  Send a probie?

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