The Chicago (IL) Fire Department (CFD) Bureau of Logistics has outfitted the department's truck companies and heavy rescue squad companies with $2 million worth of Hurst Jaws of Life eDRAULIC battery-operated rescue tools, thanks to the timely receipt of a federal grant.
Hydraulic tool manufacturers respond to rescuer needs for more ergonomic and easier-to-use tools that can cut vehicles made with higher-strength materials. ALAN M. PETRILLO
This is mostly specialized equipment designed for a single purpose: technical rescue. ALAN M. PETRILLO
The Green Township (OH) Fire Department needed to replace a 1968 Jeep brush truck that had a single seat, a pump beside the driver, no roof, and no heater. But, the department wanted its new truck to be a multiple-use vehicle that could also run to vehicle, dumpster, and rubbish fires as well as serve as a backup medical rig.
The U.S. Forest Service Missoula Technology and Development Center works to redesign emergency shelters used by wildland firefighters. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Fighting a wildland fire is different from fighting a structure or vehicle fire, calling for much specialized equipment based on the type of vehicle carrying it and the available space. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Based on customer feedback from the front lines of wildfires, apparatus manufacturers offer new and improved designs for wildland apparatus. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) have come up with a drone that releases ping-pong-like balls filled with chemicals that ignite in order to clear brushy and grassy areas before they can be burned by wildfires.
The Roseville (MN) Fire Department, situated north of the twin Minnesota cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, had to replace a 1990 custom pumper on a Volvo chassis but wanted a new pumper that was shorter, had a larger water tank, and had more horsepower from its diesel engine.
Geography of areas covered, types of structures protected, street layouts, firefighting tactics, and more dictate the designs for apparatus in the United States and countries across the Atlantic. ALAN M. PETRILLO