Whether departments have specialized washing machines in the station or send their gear out to an independent service provider, there is one constant: The fire service has recognized the importance of cleaning gear to rid it of contaminants and toxins as soon as possible. ALAN M. PETRILLO
The Ochopee Fire Control and Rescue District in Collier County, Florida, counts among its protection area a very long stretch of U.S. Interstate 41 running from Florida state Route 29 to the Dade County line.
Working in conjunction with two colleges’ engineering students, the U.S. Navy has developed an adult-size robot that can carry a hose to fight live fire onboard Navy ships. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Specialty vehicles play an important role in a department’s fleet, whether in the form of a platoon of different units or a single rig for a single purpose. ALAN M. PETRILLO
When the township put its vehicle replacement plan in action and the citizenry voted to approve it, Bear Lake Township’s chief quickly got started on deciding what the new rig should look like.
The tanker also carries a 3,000-gallon portable water tank in a Zico electric tank rack; two E.J. Metals 10-inch round dump valves behind the rear axle, one on each side of the truck; and a 10-inch square Newton dump valve at the rear.
Foam, foam, more foam, and the ability to project it from an elevated position were some of the concerns that the Malaga (NM) Volunteer Fire Department and the Eddy County, New Mexico, fire service director had in mind when spec’ing a new pumper for the fire district that protects many crude oil and natural gas production areas.
These leather models are functional, ergonomically friendly, and comfortable while providing safe footing and foot protection. ALAN M. PETRILLO
A number of products are available to remove harmful, toxic vehicle exhaust from apparatus bays and the station’s living quarters and offices. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Although the majority of the cameras are handheld, some are mounted on the tips of apparatus and even integrated into SCBA face pieces. ALAN M. PETRILLO