San Mateo (CA) Consolidated Fire Department had Whaling Fire Line Equipment build this Command Access Vehicle (CAV) with a customized body that gives the training battalion chief easy access to his turnout gear, SCBA, and equipment.
Manufacturers of structural firefighting helmets are tweaking current models and designing new ones that add protection for greater safety and make them more comfortable to wear for long durations.
Portable radio manufacturers regularly communicate with end users to determine improvements that can be made to portable radio designs.
The Campbell County (WY) Fire Department was replacing a commercial cab Type 1 engine, one of a dozen Type 1 pumpers in its fleet, but wanted to change to a custom chassis and cab with four-wheel-drive capability.
Industrial fire apparatus, both pumpers and aerials, are their own special category of fire apparatus, requiring massive pumping power, large foam application capabilities, and specialized monitors and nozzles for fires in refineries, tank farms, and chemical plants.
More and more departments around the country are carrying out-of-the-ordinary nozzles to handle those special and unusual fire situations.
Today, fire departments continue to use hose reels on their trucks, with fewer of them carrying handlines but rather holding electrical cabling, hydraulic hoses, and air lines, making reels a flexible piece of equipment that can function for an array of uses.
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.
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.
The Albany (NY) Fire Department was in need of replacing a walk-around rescue truck that had a lot of hard use and was getting worn down.