When laying out discharges for a new apparatus, APCs should establish the flow required or that may be required for each discharge.
Part 2 continues with ground monitor manufacturers addressing the types of nozzles used, storage, maintenance, vertical and horizontal reaches, words of wisdom, and recommendations.
The topic here is the monitors’ unique level of safety and performance and their fireground advantages that unfortunately can be both misunderstood and underused.
Although the EMS Squad concept sounds logical, it may not be financially feasible based on the TCO projections, including the projected number of responses.
Clifton’s latest purchase is a 2019 4 Guys 1,750-gallon-per-minute (gpm) pumper on a Spartan Gladiator chassis with a 209-inch wheelbase and 20,000-pound front and 31,000-pound rear gross axle ratings. Booster tank capacity is 1,220 gallons of water with a 20-gallon integral foam tank.
Finding a location for an easily accessible preconnect can be a challenge. A bigger challenge is getting an apparatus purchasing committee to acknowledge if there is, or will soon be, a staffing shortage.
In today’s hyperactive political environment, there are several innuendos and even accusations no fire department wants to encounter—especially in the competitive bidding arena. They are restraint of trade and collusion.
This article will attempt to address the purchasing specification document in an open, objective, and common-sense manner.
Two items are worthy of discussion. The first is the continuing success of what I admiringly call a mom-and-pop fire truck manufacturer. The second is the concept of selling factory direct by choice. Atchison agreed to and gave several in-depth and candid interviews.
In designing the department’s pumpers, the committee’s objective was to expand performance, achieve maximum reliability, and minimize out-of-service time because of repairs and collisions.