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FDIC International 2015 Impressions from Bill Adams

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Observations from the FDIC International 2015 Exhibits

These rear LDH connections can be expensive bumpers especially if the rigs back into a tree larger than the one in the pot.

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The pump house and operator’s panel on this Rosenbauer is fully enclosed. It features four crosslays as well as a layout for manual valve controls commonly found on top-mounts. Note the slide-out access step/operator's platform below the compartment.

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The passenger’s side pump panel on this Toyne has slide-in storage just behind the cab; probably for back boards and/or air bags with a controller.

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The back end of this Marion has ladder and pike pole storage in the hosebed. Good-sized grab handles and a decent area to stand is provided at the top of the access ladder. It should be easy to get on and get off.

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This Smeal has its rear dump valve recessed behind a drop down door. A decent-width step is provided just beneath the hosebed. Note the rear compartment door is offset to the left. ,

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This Smeal has its rear dump valve recessed behind a drop down door. A decent-width step is provided just beneath the hosebed. Note the rear compartment door is offset to the left.

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The rear 6-inch suction on this CustomFIRE features a welded rolling offset in the left side rear compartment to allow the connection to be lowered yet keep a full-width rear step compartment. Aggressive fittings such as 90 and 45 degree elbows increases friction loss.

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The piping on the rear 6-inch suction on this Spartan pumper features a formed rolling offset to position the inlet.

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A much photographed pump operator’s panel was on this Toyne featuring all electric controls on a “slide-out and tilt-down” tray. It saves a lot of space.

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This Midwest Fire tanker’s rear dump valve has a swiveling discharge shoot. Hard sleeves and ladders are fully recessed into the tank just above the dump valve. Those items are often stored high up in the hosebed on tankers. The full-body-width intermediate access step makes life easy. ,

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The pump panels on Alexis rigs are usually well laid out, uncluttered, and functional. It took simplicity to another level using a crosslay/speedlay retaining cover to provide extra striping on the sides of the rig—using colors and configuration consistent with the NFPA’s requirements for the rear end. It’s a neat idea.

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Observations from the FDIC International 2015 Exhibits

These rear LDH connections can be expensive bumpers especially if the rigs back into a tree larger than the one in the pot.

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The rear access ladder on this Marion pumper has a recessed, angled grab handle at the top of the hosebed. If you’ve got the space, it’s a neat idea. ,

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The left rear compartment on this Hackney is full. There are more than 100 pieces of just 4x4 cribbing. Purchasers must work closely with manufacturers to ensure side-to-side weight requirements are met.

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All 100 pieces of cribbing in this rig are color-coded by size. Each shelf is labeled with the quantity and size of cribbing. Ensure shelves are specified to carry extraordinary weights.

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Manufacturers will occasionally dress up the grille on custom chassis. Besides adding the department’s name and company number, CustomFIRE modified the grille on this chassis to swing-out allowing access to the fluid level dipsticks just visible on the right side.

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Manufacturers will occasionally dress up the grille on custom chassis. Besides adding the department’s name and company number, CustomFIRE modified the grille on this chassis to swing-out allowing access to the fluid level dipsticks just visible on the right side.

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This Pierce pumper’s back end looks like a “real” engine company. It has a full-width and deep tailboard. There are ample grab handles, a couple or rear discharges, 6-inch spot and flood deck lights, and five deep and long hosebeds. It’s a flashback to the 1980s when the back end was meant for firefighting. I like it.

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Having been the chairman of an apparatus purchasing committee that purchased an Emergency One Hush pumper in 1990, the company's new rear-engine design caught my attention. What was obviously a great improvement was both rear side compartments slide rearward, giving unprecedented access to the motor for mechanics. Grady North, Product Manager for Emergency One, noted that respositioning the motor resulted in a shorter rear overhang and a much improved front to rear weight distribution —the major drawbacks of original rear-engine designs.

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Observations from the FDIC International 2015 Exhibits

This Fivrovac tanker has all aluminum treadplate pump panels on both sides. I’ve never seen that before. ,

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Observations from the FDIC International 2015 Exhibits

This KME has four rear-mounted low 2½-inch discharges. Preconnects are loaded in polypropylene slide-out trays commonly used for speedlays. There's individual slide-out storage for ladders, pike poles, and even an SCBA. Permanent ladders on each side access the hosebed and the coffin compartments on top. Note the “place to stand” on top after you climb the ladders. This is a well thought out back end.

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This KME has four rear-mounted low 2½-inch discharges. Preconnects are loaded in polypropylene slide-out trays commonly used for speedlays. There's individual slide-out storage for ladders, pike poles, and even an SCBA. Permanent ladders on each side access the hosebed and the coffin compartments on top. Note the “place to stand” on top after you climb the ladders. This is a well thought out back end.

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Ferrara’s MVP pumper has a small drop-down door just ahead of and above the lowest forward speedlay to store a couple of long-handled pikes or hooks underneath the cab.

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If you look inside a side compartment with roll-up doors, there’s a dead space behind the door roll when in the up position. Compartments with swing type doors have a similar dead space behind the door header. Sutphen utilized that dead space on this rig by providing slide in storage accessible from the rear for pike poles. These photos show the storage in both low side and extended height compartments.

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If you look inside a side compartment with roll-up doors, there’s a dead space behind the door roll when in the up position. Compartments with swing type doors have a similar dead space behind the door header. Sutphen utilized that dead space on this rig by providing slide in storage accessible from the rear for pike poles. These photos show the storage in both low side and extended height compartments.

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The passenger-side pump panel on this KME has dual LDH discharges, an LDH inlet, a 2½-inch gated auxiliary suction, two speedlays, and a low-mounted booster reel beneath the speedlays.