Pierce had a big tanker with three electrically operated rear LDH fills-with the controls at the back of the rig. I didn’t notice any pressure gauges on the fills to ensure the tank manufacturer’s maximum filling pressure was not exceeded. What about flow? It would be curious to find out how long it took to...
Included here are some smaller things that stood out at a recent trade show. Sometimes smaller things make life easy on the fireground.
Much to the delight of some younger members not yet collecting social security, I’ve pulled the plug.
Following is a compilation of strange things I’ve found in fire truck glove boxes over the years.
Over morning coffee this winter, the firehouse wrinkle squad weighed in on a TV report describing how several departments had problems with their pumps freezing up on the way to (or at) a working fire
At a local establishment recently, I overheard two of the brothers jawboning about their foam eductor not working at a recent car fire
Reminiscing about how chimney fires were handled in the good old days became the raisin squad’s topic of conversation over coffee at the firehouse the next morning.
Previously, I mentioned giving my father’s take on fire alarm boxes (aka Gamewell’s). Right around his 100th birthday, my daughter asked him how the fire trucks and companies could communicate with each other before two-way radios.
By Bill Adams Ever notice old people tend to ramble from story to story? The past-their-prime white hairs were sitting around the firehouse coffee table solving world problems when the subject of Christmas presents came up. Annually, I always wish for a new lieutenant rather than a present. You can unwrap them—literally—whenever you want and...
He probably could tell by the sound of the motor and pump more about what was happening to a rig than today’s on-board computers can.