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  

By Alan M. Petrillo New designs in structural firefighting turnout gear, fire resistant fabrics, new and improved self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) designs, and incorporation of thermal imaging systems into SCBA are some of the many product introductions made for firefighters’ personal protective equipment (PPE) at FDIC International 2016. Globe Manufacturing Company debuted its ATHLETIX™ turnout...

Riceville (NC) Volunteer Fire Department needed a new pumper to replace a 1990 two-seat Emergency Equipment Inc. rig that had seen better days. But Chief Thad B. Lewis put limitations on the truck committee when it started preparing specs, namely a low overall height and a short overall length because of area topography and firehouse size issues; plus, the vehicle had to function as a tanker.