The deaths of six Worcester (Mass.) firefighters in an inferno at a vacant six-story warehouse on Dec. 3, 1999, generated a pledge from faculty in the electrical and computer engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to apply their expertise to develop a system to find firefighters in similar hazardous situations.
Apparatus selection is often a balancing act between personal preferences, budgets and mission needs.
Pierce Manufacturing celebrated the first production build of its HEWATT apparatus – the first military-grade, multi-purpose water distribution and tactical support vehicle – during a June ceremony at Pierce's facility in Bradenton, Fla.
Rosenbauer has begun delivery of 45 specialized pumpers to Istanbul, Turkey, through a cooperative effort with specialty chassis builder DMK International LC of Macomb, Mich.
DPC Emergency Vehicles of Marydel, Del., has joined Rosenbauer America as the company's dealer for Maryland and Delaware.
The Julesburg Volunteer Fire Department (JVFD), in northeastern Colorado recently upgraded its aging fleet with a 2007 Smeal 2,500-gallon tanker, a purchase made possible through a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.
Struggling apparatus manufacturer American LaFrance LLC sought protection from its creditors in late January when it filed a Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, heightening uncertainty about its ability to fulfill pending fire department orders, many already long overdue.
"We're going to emerge like the Phoenix of mythology," said Bill Hinz, the president of American LaFrance, the day after the company's latest filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Many years ago I received training in automobile extrication. It was very basic. We had the standard firefighting tools such as axes and haligan bars and a specific piece of equipment for extrication - a hydraulic tool from Hurst known as the "Jaws of Life."
Pierce Manufacturing, a leading maker of fire apparatus, has received the 2006 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award.