Specialized drafting equipment used by departments runs the gamut from hard sleeves, strainers, and check valves to portable water tanks and small pumps used by wildland firefighters to draft from remote water sources.
When it came time to retire a couple of older pumper-tenders, Spokane County developed specs and requested bids for two new vehicles. Rosenbauer was awarded the bid.
4 Guys Fire Trucks built a pumper-tanker for Canton (CT) Fire and EMS on a Spartan Gladiator MFD chassis and cab with seating for six firefighters, powered by a Cummins 565-hp X15 engine and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission.
Aerial manufacturers are turning out vehicles with shorter jack spreads than in the past, allowing the rigs to get into tight spaces and operate in limited-access areas.
The departments share how their programs are working and the kinds of apparatus they are using to run these lower-acuity EMS calls.
While thermal imaging is finding its way into self-contained breathing apparatus equipment to provide firefighters with hands-free imaging, handheld units continue to be the most prevalent type of thermal imaging camera (TIC) being used by fire departments across the country and continue to grow in numbers being issued to fire crews.
The Cincinnati (OH) Fire Department was in the market for a couple of new aerial ladders but needed the rigs to be height-restricted to fit under some low bridges and in some height-challenged firehouses.
Alexis Fire Equipment Company built this pumper on a Kenworth T880 two-door chassis with 4×4 conversion powered by a Cummins 505-hp engine and an Eaton FO-18E318B 18-speed ultra shift automatic transmission.
Perlman Architects of Arizona built this 16,248-square-foot, two-story station for Sun City (AZ) Fire and Medical Department.
Pumper makers say that unless it’s a fleet order for a large fire department, then no two pumpers are exactly alike because departments often are asking for unusual and out-of-the-ordinary design elements or equipment to meet their particular needs.