Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment talks with generator makers and examines the array of generators available, their attributes, and how they are being put to use on fire apparatus.
A fire vehicle starts with the suspension, whether it be leaf springs, rubber blocks, air ride suspensions, or independent types. These various styles of suspensions have many attributes that affect the type of rides they give firefighters on the rigs.
Establishing, maintaining, and operating from draft are some of the most fundamental skills that any pump operator could be expected to perform.
Today, 360-degree cameras, forward-looking cameras, and in-cab models are becoming commonplace, providing an increased measure of safety for firefighters.
Lincoln (NE) Fire & Rescue embarked on a determined effort a few years ago to expand, improve, and modernize its fleet by purchasing five top-mount Smeal pumpers and two Smeal 105-foot aerial ladders. Last year, it expanded its fleet further with the purchase of seven Spartan ER side-mount pumpers.
Pump panels and how they are arranged can impact various aspects of how a fire apparatus is designed. This month, we ask Bill Adams and Ricky Riley, “What is your ideal pump panel design?
Northern Des Moines County Rural Fire District, Mediapolis, IA, pumper. Spartan Metro Star MFD cab and chassis; Cummins L9 450-hp engine; and Waterous CX 1,500-gpm pump.
This quick-attack fire apparatus was recently purchased by the Tipton County (TN) Fire Department. It is built on a Ford F-550 XL crew cab chassis.
The pumpers are considered "all-hazard response units," which the department says means they are equipped with 90 percent of what is needed at every incident 90 percent of the time.
Oxford (NJ) Volunteer Fire Department tanker-pumper. Freightliner M2 112 cab and chassis; Cummins L9 450EV engine; Waterous CSU 1,250-gpm pump; 3,000-gallon APR polypropylene tank; and stainless steel Newton 10-inch square dump valve with electric telescoping chutes.