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Apparatus Contamination and Control, Pump Control Layouts, Aerial Needs Assessments, and More Covered During Second Day at FDSOA Conference in Scottsdale, AZ

By Alan M. Petrillo

The second day of educational sessions at the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) Conference in the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, AZ,  featured presentations apparatus contamination and control, pump control layouts, aerial needs assessment for communities, fire apparatus weight management, and fleet liability concerning out of service criteria, among others.

Robert Tutterow, president of the Fire Industry Education Resource Organization (F.I.E.R.O.) brought attendees up to speed on what PPE makers, apparatus manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, fire station designers, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are doing to address the issue of toxic particulate contamination of firefighters, apparatus, equipment, and turnout gear. Tutterow points out that clean cab designs on fire apparatus are taking hold around the country, with SCBA and any contaminated turnout gear being stored outside of the crew cab.


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Tutterow says that seat manufacturers are working diligently to come up with seating solutions are easily cleanable. “We have to remember to clean our cab air conditioning systems too,” he notes, “and we should consider on-scene gross contaminant cleaning using buckets, detergent, hoses, brushes, hand cleaners, and wipes. We also should think about station contamination issues where we can use direct source diesel capture systems, bay filtration systems, or onboard exhaust capture systems.”

Jeff Van Meter, IDEX pump product manager, Wyatt Compton, product manager for emergency response at Spartan Motors, and Gary Handwerk of Mac1 Products, covered the issues revolving around fire pump control locations. Handwerk notes that the location of pump controls depend on the changing needs of fire departments, whether they need a rig with more equipment space, or to function as a multi-role vehicle, like as a pumper/rescue/EMS/wildland truck.

Compton notes that the variety of pump control locations on a pumper include in front of the cab, inside the cab, lower side of the cab, midship, top mount, sidemount/rear, and rear mount. Van Meter stressed the various valve actuator types, including push/pull handles, swing handles, rack and sector tees, air control valves, hand cranks, electric, and automatic valves.

Mike Wilbur, chief executive officer of Emergency Vehicles Response, presented two workshops, one a two-part session on Aerial Needs Assessment for Your Community, and the other on Lessons Learned from Apparatus Crashes and Close Calls. Jack Sullivan, training director of Emergency Responder Safety Institute, presented a session on Roadway Safety” D Drivers, Autonomous Vehicles and Other Hazards, while Chris Baker, senior Field Engineer for UL (Underwriter Laboratories), presented on Appropriate NFPA 1911 Aerial Testing.

Terry Stewart, FDSOA international board member, and Jason Nickelson, fleet manager at Mesa (AZ) Fire Department led a workshop on Fleet Liability: Making the Right Decision – Out of Service Criteria as per NFPA 1911, and Fire Apparatus Weight Management was presented by Justin Howell, southeast sales manager for Sutphen Corp., Darryl Rhyne, Sutphen East general manager, and Cory Larson, sales engineer for Smeal Fire Apparatus.

Chad Brown, vice president of sales and marketing for Braun Industries Inc., and John McDonald of the GSA Office of Motor Vehicle Management, regaled attendees with a workshop entitled, “Ambulance Stuff,” and Rich Marinucci, FDSOA executive director, handled a wrap-up and feedback session for the event.

ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Ariz.-based journalist, the author of three novels and five non-fiction books, and a member of the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment editorial advisory board. He served 22 years with Verdoy (NY) Fire Department, including the position of chief.