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By Alan M. Petrillo Stacy-Lent Fire Department, in Stacy, Minnesota, recently had a fire apparatus nearing the end of its National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommended 20-year first-line service life and had to consider its options for a new piece of apparatus. The department covers 36 square miles, including the city of Stacy, the township...
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By Ron Heal For the first time in 40 years, I no longer own a fire truck. On October 23, 2013, Glen Mears, Jr., a Houston, Texas, firefighter, became the new owner and custodian of my 1953 American LaFrance 700-series open cab pumper. Two years ago I was the proud owner of a 1931 International-Boyer...
Cantankerous Wisdom

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...
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By Richard Marinucci Occasionally when given an opportunity to address a group, whether firefighters or citizens, I try to get the group to realize that there are different levels of service that are provided by fire departments. I will start by getting the group to agree that although every fire department meets some minimum standards...
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The Kerhonkson (NY) Fire Department’s heavy rescue R-33-10 is the former San Antonio (TX) Fire Department‘s Rescue 1, Kerhonkson is a small rural department in the town of Kerhonkson in Ulster County, New York. The rig is a 1998 E-ONE Cyclone heavy rescue walk-in. It carries two Hurst tools, rams, spreaders, cribbing, two sawzalls, large...
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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...