Although these systems have been around for awhile, departments are using them more frequently to extinguish everything from flammable liquids to wildfires. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Wireless headsets, wireless hotspots on apparatus, and wirelessly controlled equipment are leaving their mark on the fire service as departments move toward wireless communications. ALAN M. PETRILLO
The Waukomis (OK) Fire Department was seeking to replace its light brush-rig-size rescue truck with a little larger vehicle without making the move all the way up to a medium-duty rescue truck.
Oregon became the first state in the country in 1989 to create a statewide regional hazmat emergency response system.
Aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) rigs continue to evolve into more powerful, more mobile, and more ergonomic apparatus. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Apparatus manufacturers find ways to make the space in apparatus cabs - hether the driver/officer area or the extended cab where firefighters ride and gear is stored - more functional. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Although there are many similarities in the apparatus and equipment hazmat teams use around the country, there are diverse hazards and geographical features that factor into hazmat apparatus and equipment purchases. ALAN M. PETRILLO
The UCP integrates any radio communications system using existing communications infrastructure to form a dedicated network to handle voice, video, and data.
Richmond (VA) Fire & Emergency Services recently got four identical KME pumpers built on Predator Severe Service chassis with a Waterous 1,500-gpm pump and a 500-gallon United Plastic Fabricating Poly water tank.
It is the place firefighters go to grab a meal, have "kitchen table talk," and congregate, and it can be rather small or rival a commercial kitchen in design and functionality. ALAN M. PETRILLO