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You're Driving

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Douglas Taylor Feb 15, 2014. 1 Reply

How many times have we gotten into the car, ready to go out, only to ask, "So where do you want to go?" The passenger often says, "You're driving."When operating emergency apparatus in your…Continue

Political Correctness

Started Mar 6, 2013 0 Replies

Being politically correct is a reality in the world we live in today. Those in leadership positions in the fire service must be vigilant about what they say and do. Yet, many of the things we say or…Continue

Are two-piece engine companies still viable?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Angus Feb 18, 2013. 6 Replies

In his Web Exclusive for February 4, Bill Adams asks if two-piece engine companies are still viable. I've been a firefighter for 20 years, and my fire company has always had two engines, though not…Continue

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Steve Butram commented on Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip's group Apparatus Specifications
"We use Speed lays with UPF trays on our trucks. it is nice to be able to load the tray on the ground and slide it into the opening and connect them.  I have some pics if you can send me your Email address …"
Mar 14, 2017
Anthony Cefaloni commented on Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip's group Apparatus Specifications
"Thanks for that thought Steve.  Also, does anyone have experience with enclosed preconnected hoselines?  We are looking at enclosing our pump panels into a compartment and would like to have two transverse preconnected handlines in the…"
Mar 14, 2017
Steve Butram commented on Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip's group Apparatus Specifications
"Check all the bridges and overpasses in your response districts and include the minimum clearances in your spec so you can conform with your local streets and roads"
Mar 14, 2017
Anthony Cefaloni commented on Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip's group Apparatus Specifications
"Thanks Steve.  That is a will do."
Mar 13, 2017
Steve Butram commented on Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip's group Apparatus Specifications
"Make sure you measure the apparatus you are replacing and put the dimensions in your Specifications. Also measure your lowest garage door the Aerial Apparatus will need to fit through and add 6" if your Station apron has an decline or…"
Mar 13, 2017
Anthony Cefaloni commented on Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip's group Apparatus Specifications
"Our apparatus spec committee is working on putting together a purchase of one aerial, two pumpers, a heavy rescue and a mini-pumper.  Can anyone share one or two major mistakes that they have made or something for us to look out for.  Or…"
Mar 12, 2017
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Apparatus Specifications

Specifying today's apparatus is challenging to say the least. Share your successes and challenges here. This group will be also be a forum to share best practices and to really dig into specifying apparatus.See More
Mar 12, 2017
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Apparatus Specifications

Specifying today's apparatus is challenging to say the least. Share your successes and challenges here. This group will be also be a forum to share best practices and to really dig into specifying apparatus.See More
Jun 13, 2014
Stephen Douglas Taylor replied to Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip's discussion You're Driving
"In our department radios, lights and siren, etc. are controlled by the right hand seat.  The Driver/Apparatus Operator concentrates on where he is going."
Feb 15, 2014
andy mccormick replied to Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip's discussion Antique Fire Apparatus--Would you buy one if you could?
"yes I would love to restore a antique rig. if I could buy one I would get any of the 1960's and 1970's era. I would like to do a complete restoration from the ground up and keep the rig restored as if just left the assembly line,…"
Aug 6, 2013
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Some Thoughts on 20 Years in the Fire Service

Twenty years ago today, I was voted into probationary membership at Weldon Fire Company. Although 20 years is an early career for many, 20 years gets you certain privileges at Weldon. For example, when you achieve 20 years as an active member, you become a "life member." As a life member, your requirements to remain a member in good standing decrease, you no longer pay your membership dues every year, and even if you don't remain active, you are still a member until you choose to leave.It…See More
Aug 2, 2013
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Detroit building fire at East Ferry Avenue and Chene - Detroit Drone aerial video

DETROIT - Two Detroit firefighters were hurt Wednesday evening when debris from a building fell on them. The firefighters were battling a two-alarm building ...
May 30, 2013
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Video from Detroit (MI) Fire Taken by Drone

Think drones aren't the real deal?Take a look at this video from Detroit, Michigan at a structure fire in which two firefighters were injured. Although it is unclear whether or not the Detroit (MI) Fire Department requested the drone, as you watch the video, it is clear that technology like this can, and will, be invaluable to the fire service.Consider being able to tell apparatus operators where to direct their aerial master streams from above the fire.This article expands on how drones are…See More
May 30, 2013
Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip posted a discussion

You're Driving

How many times have we gotten into the car, ready to go out, only to ask, "So where do you want to go?" The passenger often says, "You're driving."When operating emergency apparatus in your department, who controls lights, sirens, and air horns? If the driver is making "too much noise" for the officer, and the officer tells him to cut back on the sirens, should the driver obey the order, or should the driver continue to make as much noise as he thinks is necessary?Bill Adams tackles this in his…See More
May 8, 2013
Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip added a discussion to the group Antique Rigs
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How do you maintain your antique?

Antique fire apparatus are important not only because they represent the evolution the fire service has experienced to get to where it is today regarding modern fire apparatus, but also because they connect individual departments to their pasts. On the volunteer side, these apparatus often represent the era of their founding. Sadly, today it is difficult for many departments to retain…See More
May 1, 2013
Samuel V. Yardumian replied to Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equip's discussion First Fire Truck in the group Fire Trucks!
"1937 2-engine Ford Hale, open cab, no doors.  One flathead Ford engine powered the truck, another ran the 500 GPM pump.  Great field fire truck (we had field fires back then).  So many times someone would get a good field fire going,…"
Apr 3, 2013

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Some Thoughts on 20 Years in the Fire Service

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 1:59pm 0 Comments

Twenty years ago today, I was voted into probationary membership at Weldon Fire Company. Although 20 years is an early career for many, 20 years gets you certain privileges at Weldon. For example, when you achieve 20 years as an active member, you become a "life member." As a life member, your requirements to remain a member in good standing decrease, you no longer pay your membership dues every year, and even if you don't remain active, you are still a member until you choose to…

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Video from Detroit (MI) Fire Taken by Drone

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Think drones aren't the real deal?

Take a look at this video from Detroit, Michigan at a structure fire in which two firefighters were injured. Although it is unclear whether or not the Detroit (MI) Fire Department requested the drone, as you watch the video, it is clear that technology like this can, and will, be invaluable to the fire service.

Consider being able to tell apparatus operators where to direct their aerial master streams from above the fire.

This article…

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Fire Apparatus Driver/Officer Negligence

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 9:52am 0 Comments

I recently returned from the 2013 FDSOA Apparatus Symposium. I returned to temperatures in the teens (remember to circulate the water in those pumps if you're out for a prolonged period of time in this weather), and although the weather wasn't perfect for being in Florida, it certainly was nice being in a more temperate climate for a little while.

Every year the…

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Designing Fire Apparatus for Austerity

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments

By Chris Mc Loone

Every year, Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment’s December issue lays out what buyers/specifiers of fire apparatus should expect during the coming year. The December 2011 and 2012 issues both featured outlooks that cited the continued trend toward departments spec’ing…

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