Manufacturers of structural firefighting helmets are tweaking current models and designing new ones that add protection for greater safety and make them more comfortable to wear for long durations.
By now, it should be no surprise that a tight turn, even at a low speed, can generate enough lateral g-force to roll an apparatus onto its side. To understand this concept better, let’s examine two scenarios.
Manufacturers are continuing to come up with new designs and improvements to their LED fixtures with the aim of meeting the wide-ranging lighting needs of various fire and rescue situations.
A fire department’s investment in 6-inch soft suction is the most efficient and effective way to add flexibility to engine company personnel who routinely operate from fire hydrants.
A recent interview discussing trends in aerial ladder sales transformed into reevaluating the value of the quad—a once popular pumper style with a notoriously long wheelbase equipped with lots of ground ladders.
Portable radio manufacturers regularly communicate with end users to determine improvements that can be made to portable radio designs.
Industrial fire apparatus, both pumpers and aerials, are their own special category of fire apparatus, requiring massive pumping power, large foam application capabilities, and specialized monitors and nozzles for fires in refineries, tank farms, and chemical plants.
When laying out discharges for a new apparatus, APCs should establish the flow required or that may be required for each discharge.
More and more departments around the country are carrying out-of-the-ordinary nozzles to handle those special and unusual fire situations.