By Bill Adams Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with many older members of rural fire companies. If they ever came to morning coffee with the Raisin Squad, they’d fit right in. I call them “farmers”—a nonderogatory term I use and fortunately one most don’t take offense to. After all, who wants...

The next step in the evolution of the Ahrens-Fox WUI, Wildland Urban Interface – the AF-WUI2, headed for service with the Salem Township Fire Department, in Salem, Michigan. Released to the industry in 2018, the AF-WUI offered departments with mixed environments the perfect balance of Type-1 Interface functionality and Type-3 capability. A high-clearance 4×4 chassis,...
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Two items are worthy of discussion. The first is the continuing success of what I admiringly call a mom-and-pop fire truck manufacturer. The second is the concept of selling factory direct by choice. Atchison agreed to and gave several in-depth and candid interviews.

Forrest Fire Department, Melrose, NM, wildland unit. Freightliner M2 cab and chassis; Cummins L9 350-hp engine; Hale MaxStream HPX300-KBD24 190-gpm portable pump; UPF Poly 1,200-gallon water tank.