From smart aerial controls and joysticks to wireless pump controls and touch screen technology, fire apparatus are undergoing a sea of change through the use of technological advancements.
The rear-mount rescue-pumper has a Hale RSD 1,750-gpm single-stage pump, a 750-gallon water tank, a 40-gallon foam tank, a Hale SmartFOAM system, a SAM Control System, and a Pneumax 200-cfm CAFS.
The pumper-tanker is built on a Freightliner M2 chassis and two-door cab and is powered by a 7.7-L, 375-hp Detroit DD8 engine and an Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission.
Class 1 through 3 ARFF vehicles are smaller rigs carrying a mix of water, foam, and dry chemical or halogenated agent that protect small to midsize airports, and the kinds of equipment they carry in many cases mirror those of larger Class 4 and Class 5 ARFF rigs.
Hazardous materials, big industrial incidents, and aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) often require specialized personal protective equipment (PPE) to deal with a situation safely and in the most expeditious manner.
Firefighting hoods have been around for years, protecting firefighters from heat in a fire situation, but recent innovations in hood design and fabrics have added protection from toxic carcinogenic particulates.
The new station is a one-story structure of 12,500 square feet, with two 80-foot-long, double-deep, drive-through apparatus bays and support spaces on a side wall holding SCBA storage, a decon room, turnout gear storage room, a shop, and a general storage room.
The rig is far from typical of its class because it also carries two Task Force Tips 1,500-gpm Typhoon monitors on top of the rear of the body, one on each corner.
Technical rescue, urban search and rescue (USAR), and hazmat trucks must carry specialized rescue equipment that often is not seen on typical municipal rescue trucks. At times, the type and size of such specialized equipment require apparatus manufacturers to craft custom spaces on their trucks to accommodate them.
All the stations were deficient in a number of ways, and some had operational and firefighter health and safety issues. The city decided the solution to its firehouse problems was centralization of all six fire companies into a single station.