A recent interview discussing trends in aerial ladder sales transformed into reevaluating the value of the quad—a once popular pumper style with a notoriously long wheelbase equipped with lots of ground ladders.
Design a new apparatus purchase not only for the present but for future needs. If you can afford to with your budget, make sure you add compartment space for future tool purchases and additional space for hose.
New technologies come so quickly that we sometimes don’t have an opportunity to master them before the next one comes down the pike.
This article will focus on the vehicles with conventional drum brake systems in service today and stress the importance of regular maintenance on these brake systems to ensure long-term safety and performance.
This month, we asked Bill Adams and Ricky Riley, “What is the most significant apparatus maintenance challenge today?”
When laying out discharges for a new apparatus, APCs should establish the flow required or that may be required for each discharge.
Many departments can’t always afford more complex or more expensive vehicles. However, some departments, with proper planning and working with a smaller manufacturer’s engineers, can come up with problem-solving options that they can build into a smaller vehicle to operate in their response area.
Elected officials do not see the value of their fire departments and firefighters learning new and better ways to operate or learn about the latest equipment innovations and development. Sadly, neither does the public.
Ferrara Fire Apparatus built this 100-foot rear-mount industrial aerial platform for Delaware City (DE) Refining Company on an Inferno XMFD chassis and cab, powered by a 600-hp Cummins ISX15 diesel engine and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission.
For now, it looks like our new normal is going to include digital solutions for everything from equipment demonstrations to fire apparatus preconference and final inspections to training.