• SPARTAN CHASSIS, Inc. is supplying 25 Metro Star® emergency response cabs and chassis to the Beijing, Shenyang, Suzhou, Taiyuan, Wenzhou, and Wuhan Fire Departments in China. This brings the total number of Spartan emergency response cabs and chassis purchased by China to 94. Under the terms of the contracts, Spartan will provide the emergency...
Hose and rescue tool trays that slide out, tool boards that swing out, electrical equipment shelves that roll out, and fittings trays that drop down are only some of the many compartment configurations that fire departments are requesting in their new apparatus.
In terms of fire pumps on apparatus, the question is often asked, "Are bigger pumps necessarily better?" The answer depends on a number of factors, including how the apparatus will be used, the types of fires it will be called on to fight, and the size of the chassis on which the pump will be mounted.
On any given piece of fire apparatus, the vehicle's size matters because there's a finite amount of real estate available to hold all the equipment a fire department wants to carry.
The new National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances, is on schedule for final approval next year. Barring an unforeseen problem, the standard will be effective for all new ambulances purchased or contracted for on or after January 1, 2013.
Temperatures topping 100°F, with heat indexes in excess of 110°F, tested the mettle of firefighters and rescue tools alike during a recent training event.
I have to admit (and most firefighters would agree) that most emergency medical services (EMS) calls are not as exciting as fighting fires. You can tell by watching the faces of the crew after the fire bell hits.
In 2009, Deputy Director Michael Putt, of Memphis (TN) Fire Services, presented an idea to Director Alvin Benson he believed would help reduce apparatus repairs and maintain the current life expectancy of the department's trucks and engines.
We should never forget that the landmark interagency safety study regarding the 1994 South Canyon Fire that took the lives of 14 wildland firefighters recommended that a permanent "lessons-learned" program be established for this country's wildland firefighters.
The Michael H. Minger Foundation has published on its website a series of online videos, a Guide to Teaching Fire Safety to Students with Disabilities and compiled extensive online research to help address the safety of students with hearing, vision or mobility disabilities or learning disorders.