How do you design and spec your apparatus—according to your tactics or does the resultant rig dictate how you operate on the fireground? This month, Editorial Advisory Board members Bill Adams (left) and Ricky Riley (right) comment on which it should be and how fire departments might unknowingly go one way or the other.
In 2013, the department started an apparatus replacement project that was long overdue. The call volume for the department had taken its toll on many of the inner beltway engines, and high mileage and repair costs had really started to soar.
Compartments cannot be taken lightly in the overall design of your apparatus. Take the time to envision where all the equipment is going to be placed and how it will come out of the compartment. Challenge your manufacturer to build what is right for your department and what is right for the firefighters in the field.
Engine companies have one main job: to receive water and to pump water out and put water on the fire. If we look at just the receiving part, the front inlet is a great way to be able to get water into the pump.
The ladder group and the tower group always have their arguments for which one is the best and how they will always outperform the other.
Ensuring that the apparatus will be able to operate, properly serve the community, and last for a long time are some of the charges made by the bosses to the apparatus committee.
The valve does not become the topic of conversation until it malfunctions or is leaking on the apparatus floor.
Some ladder trucks can become monsters and can certainly break the bank. So, the build of a simple, small, compact truck, designed to do “truck work” was a privilege to see.
Your choice in purchasing either one of these devices should be based, as always, on your response area and the needs of your community. Having discussions with your manufacturer about your requirements and special problems in your community will enhance its ability to help offer the correct device and options to properly serve your area.
In this Rig Tour, Ricky Rily takes a look at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Deparment's, California, Maryland, Pierce tower with a refurbished Aerialscope.