When it comes to hydraulic extrication tools, there's no argument that Hurst has a lock on the most recognizable trade name in the industry - the Jaws of Life.
Elkhart Brass has opened a state-of-the-art test facility at its Elkhart, Ind., headquarters, the first of its kind in the industry.
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.
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.
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.