When specifying a new pumper or rescue-pumper, a big concern is the location of the handlines used for suppression. Here are some popular configurations departments use across the country. ALAN M. PETRILLO
By Alan M. Petrillo The Houston (TX) Fire Department was looking to add a new station and concentrated on energy efficiency as a hallmark for the new structure. The fire department turned to Brown Reynolds Watford (BRW) Architects to design the station that would take up about two acres on an eight-acre city site that...
The specialized equipment these boats carry is dictated by the body of water the boats protect, the potential water and shore hazards, and the boats' missions. ALAN M. PETRILLO
As western states develop more in heavily timbered areas, there is more need for wildland urban interface apparatus. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Cameras that provide different views for the apparatus driver help him to navigate crowded and narrow streets to and from an emergency and are also being used for documentation at the scene. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Seat manufacturers emphasize safety first, closely followed by comfort and convenience for the end users. ALAN M. PETRILLO
When the Mount Vernon (ME) Fire Department needed a new pumper to replace a 1986 pumper-tanker, it turned to W.S. Darley & Co. for another rig with a compressed-air foam system (CAFS), just like the department's two previous Darley pumpers.
There is a large assortment of generator types on the market and they vary in size and location on the rig according to use. ALAN M. PETRILLO
The Moncure (NC) Volunteer Fire Department wanted to replace two older vehicles in its fleet, 1990 and 1998 pumpers, with a new pumper and tanker to make its fleet more flexible.
A recent Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) conference provided an opportunity for wildland firefighters and incident commanders to handle a variety of equipment and gear used by wildland teams in suppressing fires.