An American LaFrance 100-foot custom mid-mount aerial platform was recently delivered to the College Station (Texas) Fire Department.
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 are several valid reasons why fire departments need to buy big pumps, more than 1,250 gpm.
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.
Following up on a brochure Waterous published this spring, the company has reissued and updated the publication in an effort to get fire apparatus up to speed when it comes to the new regulations.
The Mobile Demonstration Unit (MDU) Program offers compressed air foam systems (CAFS) demonstration as well as fire pump maintenance and operation instruction capabilities.
A 2006 custom E-ONE compressed air foam pumper was delivered to York Beach (Maine) Fire Department this summer.
The Colwich Fire Department used a Department of Homeland Security FIRE Act grant to buy a new pumper/tanker. The apparatus was purchased from Toyne Inc. of Breda, Iowa.