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By Carl J. Haddon Innovative marketing, clever advertising, and eager salespeople often like to tell us what they think we want to hear about a given product. Amongst those claims is the age old classic: “It cuts like a hot knife through butter.” Although the RHYNO, produced by We Cut The Glass, LLC, Windshield Cutter does...
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By Mike Ciampo Have you ever driven an apparatus, glanced into the side view mirror, and thought that the truck was driving crooked along the center roadway line? Or, maybe you’re backing it into quarters and although you’re holding the wheel perfectly still, it’s just drifting off the line painted on the floor. Perhaps you...
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Truck 61, a 2012 Pierce Quantum tractor-drawn aerial (TDA) is in service with the Winter Park (FL) Fire Rescue Department. According to Jimm Walsh, division chief, many of the compartments are lined with ¾” high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) with spots for the tools routed into the boards. “Everything was mounted in-house by the guys that...
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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>>
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By Richard Marinucci Recently I attended part of the 25th Executive Fire Officer Symposium at the National Fire Academy. One of the presentations was made by Ms. Erin Gruwell, a public school teacher. She began her teaching career in an inner city school. Her successes were chronicled in a movie starring Hillary Swank called the...
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Carl J. Haddon Do you ever get the feeling that those who make the “rules, regulations, and standards” for the fire service have no idea what it’s like to be a rural fire department? We fight, bite, and scratch to afford needed equipment and become compliant, only to fall short financially or have the standards...