Through this series of pictures, Bill Adams takes readers through his take on a few apparatus designs and how they comply or almost comply with NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus. Take a look at previouis Cantankerous Wisdom photo essays HERE. GET STARTED>>
Somebody foolishly asked me what aggravates me about fire trucks and the fire service today. What a mistake that was.
The following photos are from a recent trade show. I acknowledge that each department runs differently and probably has specified locations that works well for it.
Bill Adams reviews some of the "neat" apparatus features he's seen during his recent travels.
Regardless of departmental operating procedures and written guidelines, there are explicit laws and rules of the road for emergency vehicle operations promulgated by each state’s department of motor vehicles (DMV). They can vary from state to state.
The novice purchaser needs a basic primer to help determine what type of foam system is applicable for his specific hazards.
Our jabbering brought to mind the days in the firehouse when you could get into a debate about any firematic topic without offending peoples’ rights, race, religion, family heritage, or sexual preference.
How smart is it having your reproductive organs inches away from a suction inlet that could be receiving 1,500 gallons per minute (gpm) at a pressure of 100 pounds per square inch (psi)? It’s about as smart as having three crosslays discharging at 200 psi directly next to or above your head. Which body part is more important to you?
With an open mind and a willingness to evaluate change—either to something new or reverting to something old—the fire service may benefit from history.