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.
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.
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 PL Custom-built ambulance for Wabash has Whelen M series warning lights, Whelen LED 90 series scene lights, and a Whelen traffic advisor at the rear.
The heritage of today’s tractor-drawn aerials (TDAs) can be traced back to the late 1800s when the trailers were first given rear steering but were still drawn by horses. Horsepower (hp) today still powers TDAs but in an engine-driven form, yet TDAs, also known as tillers, retain their advantages of maneuverability, versatility, and equipment-carrying capacity.
Fire apparatus makers have introduced a number of new and redesigned models of aerial ladders and platforms with the aim of improving the ease of use and safety of their rigs as well as wringing out a little extra working length on the aerials.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc. built a 107-foot Ascendant® heavy-duty tiller quint for the Santa Maria City (CA) Fire Department on an Arrow XT™ chassis with an aluminum body powered by a Cummins 565-hp X15 engine and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission.