Because apparatus is being built taller and longer, firefighters are using electricity and hydraulics to get equipment off their trucks. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Equipment manufacturers test their prototype products in various ways before mass producing them. ALAN M. PETRILLO
It is unique in its design that is fashioned like the wing of an aircraft, and it functions as the station for airport aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) response as well as municipal fire protection.
CLICK ABOVE FOR THE FULL GALLERY OF THIS RIG >> By Alan M. Petrillo The St. John’s (MI) Fire Department needed to replace a 25-year-old top-mount pumper, but with daytime response for the volunteer fire department being limited, it wanted a vehicle that could carry the most water possible on a single rear axle. “The...
Fighting fires aboard ships or on piers often requires apparatus and equipment not usually found with typical engine of truck companies. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Evergreen Fire Rescue, in Kalispell, Montana, had previously purchased only preowned ambulances for its fleet, all of which had seen service for the federal government as rigs used in the federal penitentiary system.
Manufacturers continue to improve nozzles and monitors whether for handlines, deck guns, portable monitors, blitz lines, or aerial ladder tips. ALAN M. PETRILLO
More ambulance purchasers are asking ambulance manufacturers to customize rigs for their special requirements and some unusual custom requests. ALAN M. PETRILLO
The Hackney hazmat rig for St. John's is a Freightliner M2-112 tractor with seating for four firefighters, powered by a Cummins 370-horsepower engine with a vertical exhaust and an Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission .
What goes into an award-winning fire station? This Arizona station has it all - from rooms that flow to create large open spaces to an eye-catching entryway to making best use of a long, narrow site. ALAN M. PETRILLO