A fire equipment operator wears an equipment operator prototype shelter during a response to a wildland fire.
Hoses are a firefighter’s lifeline, whether providing water, protecting from fire, or even as a pathway out of danger. The various types of hoselines being produced by fire hose manufacturers run from large-diameter supply lines to firefighting handlines for structural and wildland use.
The Harbor Springs (MI) Area Fire Department wanted to replace an older pumper and older small rescue truck with a single unit to perform both fire suppression and rescue functions.
Component manufacturers are designing new large-flow nozzles and redesigning existing models to give greater and smoother flows, more reach from monitors and deck guns, and improved performance capabilities.
Chandler Fire Station No. 2811 is the department's newest, designed by Breckenridge Group Architects Planners, and built on the premise of having an extremely functional workspace that provided room for growth in the future.
Approximately 250 wildland firefighters, officers, and incident commanders recently had the opportunity to meet with equipment, component, and gear makers.
The Parshall (ND) Rural Fire Protection District had Midwest Fire build this pumper-tanker on a Freightliner M2 106 two-door chassis with a 106-inch BBC flat-roof aluminum cab and a copolymer polypropylene thermoplastic body and integral water tank.
Structural turnout gear manufacturers say they see structural PPE continuing to change, improve, and be modified to become more adaptive to firefighters’ needs, yet still provide them with maximum protection.
The most typical pump panel locations are midmount pump panels on the driver’s side midmount, followed by top-mount panels, but then there are those in more unusual locations.
Pump manufacturers have come out with a variety of pump models and styles that move water well without being a hulking chunk of piping and equipment.