Apparatus

By Alan M. Petrillo Wilkins Township, Pennsylvania, is covered by three volunteer fire companies, each specializing in a particular area of firefighting in order to avoid duplication of effort and resources. The township covers 3.2 square miles and has a population of about 7,000 residents, which swells daily when its commercial district opens for business....
Features

Engine 1 is a 2009 Precision rescue-pumper with a 1,500-gpm pump. The pumps controls are top-mounted behind the crew cab. The compartments are equipped with roll-up doors, and the first one on the driver’s side is set up to assist with overall unit operations.
Aerials

By Alan M. Petrillo The Lake George (NY) Volunteer Fire Department (LGVFD) is a small department covering an Adirondack mountain town and the surrounding area along a 32-mile-long, three-mile-wide lake dotted with 395 islands. It’s a typical small-village fire department running five main pieces of equipment with 44 volunteer firefighters. But, being in the mountains...
Aerials

Smeal’s swing-out computerized pump panel is another sign of things to come. It is continuing the trend of electronically controlling everything on a rig except stretching in the first line. And, it will seal the fate of older, computer-illiterate pump operators who may have misplaced their glasses. I glanced at the panel and panicked when...
Aerials

This KME pumper, for Stamford, Connecticut, features a low hosebed and multiple rear discharges-a favorite of urban departments. Upper and lower hand holes in the hosebed dividers, a decent sized rear step, a good-sized treadplate step over the compartment door, full-height vertical grab rails, and a full-width bar over the enclosed traffic advisor light makes...