Compressed-air foam systems have become a major component of some departments' standard operating procedures for extinguishing fires. ALAN M. PETRILLO
The department wanted a vehicle to replace an articulated boom apparatus where three disciplines—pumper, tanker, and aerial—were combined into a single vehicle.
It took about three years from concept to delivery, but Vancouver (Canada) Fire & Rescue Services persevered with the project to get a technical rescue truck built that could handle a combination of several rescue disciplines by itself.
Throw bags, ropes, rescue hardware, and swift water PPE are some of the essentials for your swift water rescue "toolbox." ALAN M. PETRILLO
The trend in tech rescue PPE is greater mobility and flexibility with less stress on the tech rescue personnel who wear it. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Some departments are still partial to traditional medium and heavy rescue trucks whether walk-in or walk-around models. ALAN M. PETRILLO
The UNR and USFS high definition camera system, which co-exists with UNR's seismological communication system, has proven helpful in early identification of wildland fires.
A fire company in Pennsylvania had such good luck with its first Precision Fire Apparatus rear-mount pumper that it went back to Precision for another nearly identical rig when it came time to replace an aging pumper.
After fire departments have a new fire station built or an older station renovated, they are faced with the issue of furnishing it to make it a usable place where firefighters live and work.
Structural firefighting turnout gear manufacturers are producing gear that is lighter, more protective, and more flexible according to the voice of the customer. ALAN M. PETRILLO