Join Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Editorial Advisory Board member Ricky Riley as he describes one of the three new Pierce Ascendant aerials recently purchased by the Prince George’s County (MD) Fire/EMS Department. The compartment space on the rigs allows for future expansion along the life span of the apparatus. The aerials have short wheelbases...
This month, we asked Editorial Advisory Board members Bill Adams (and Ricky Riley: Looking ahead to 2020, what do you want to see in the fire apparatus rolling off the line?
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.
Considerations when specifying large booster tanks for pumpers are categorized as operational, physical, and immeasurable. They are interwoven, but not necessarily compatible, with each 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.