If you think big pumps have no place in rural situations, think otherwise. Big fires need big water, no matter where they are located
These comments are regarding your excellent "Great Debate" feature, specifically the current issue of large capacity pumps.
Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security has taken delivery of eight Foster Rescue Products Technical Rescue Trailers for disaster management.
Giving firefighters and emergency response personnel power to run the tools they need to do their jobs, Power Systems has developed the XRT Onan Protec Combi generator, the only unit of its kind that delivers electric and hydraulic power using only one pto port on vehicle transmissions.
There are several valid reasons why fire departments need to buy big pumps, more than 1,250 gpm.
In regards to the issue of fire departments equipping their new pumpers with super-sized pumps, I believe some departments have lost focus on the basic functional and hydraulic fundamentals of pumping apparatus.
There was a time when there were only straight aerials, water towers with no escape ladder, and city service apparatus with only ground ladders.
About 88 percent of the calls the Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue Department, Deerfield City, Fla., make are emergency medical service calls, so all of its engine companies are staffed and equipped for Advanced Life Support operation.
Since 2005, Ford has offered a fire suppression system in its Crown Victoria police interceptor.
A 2006 custom E-ONE compressed air foam pumper was delivered to York Beach (Maine) Fire Department this summer.