Equipment is often purchased and placed in service without adequate training to go along. All members must be educated on the proper operational procedures of all equipment carried in their cache—especially newly purchased equipment.
I don’t believe there is a small or struggling department on the planet that doesn’t appreciate it when a big department donates surplus equipment to it. Are there times however, when donated surplus is a bad idea for some departments? I think so.
Hackney took a Charlotte (NC) Fire Department pumper and repurposed the vehicle into a hazmat unit.
The NFPA’s recommended replacement schedules may become irrelevant. Rigs will have to last longer regardless of their mileage. Could two-piece companies still work in career or volunteer departments?
If we had a better way to keep score and decide who the top performers and best organizations are, what would that do to the motivation of those in our service?
The pumper is named “James Tippet” after an early Tower mayor and carries a build number of 668, making it one of the last units built by Ahrens before the company joined several other manufacturers that would eventually become American LaFrance.
Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Editor Chris Mc Loone recently paid the home office of Task Force Tips, in Valparaiso, Indiana, a visit.
How smart is it having your reproductive organs inches away from a suction inlet that could be receiving 1,500 gallons per minute (gpm) at a pressure of 100 pounds per square inch (psi)? It’s about as smart as having three crosslays discharging at 200 psi directly next to or above your head. Which body part is more important to you?
Designing apparatus for austerity should not only include spec’ing out a combination piece that can perform suppression and rescue functions, for example. It should ensure that the equipment used most often is easily accessible and deployable by one person.
Whether or not we consider firefighters heroes, we must include everyone who makes quality emergency response possible and not take them for granted. Find time to say thank you.