Unmanned aerial vehicles are being used by fire personnel for reconnaissance and size-up at the fire scene. Drones: They're not just for hobbyists anymore. ALAN M. PETRILLO
A number of new pumps, foam systems, control units, valves and nozzles were among the products recently unveiled for firefighters and fire apparatus.
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...
Manufacturers offer specialized communications equipment that is designed to get a department's apparatus off the fire station floor and out the door to the emergency easier, safer, and faster. ALAN M. PETRILLO
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.
Some departments prohibit their use on the fireground because of legal or liability issues; other departments embrace the technology to aid in size-up and other important fireground functions. The issue is widely debated across the country. ALAN M. PETRILLO
The incident support unit is built on an International 4400 two-door chassis with a rear drop frame, powered by an International 330-horsepower (hp) diesel engine with an exhaust brake retarder.
One of the first 107-foot Ascendant aerial ladder quints in the country has been delivered to the Louisburg (KS) Fire Department by Pierce Manufacturing Inc.
There are advantages and disadvantages of each, but usually department circumstances and history dictate preferences. ALAN M. PETRILLO
A look at how departments offer rehab - from dedicated rehab vehicles to multiuse vehicles that have rehab equipment. ALAN M. PETRILLO