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  • Ballam: New Products Debuted at Firehouse Expo

    By Ed Ballam - Thursday August 1, 2013
    The innovation of firefighters and fire service manufacturers never ceases to amaze me. If you’ve been in the fire service for a while, it’s easy to think you’ve seen it all. You’d think there’s no way anyone can come up with new material and...
  • Miracles Do Happen, Apparatus Technology Can Help

    By Ed Ballam - Tuesday June 18, 2013
    Let’s all give thanks the young lady who was driving the engine that rolled in Kansas wasn’t seriously hurt, or worse just over a week ago. As her family and friends have been saying in social media postings, the 18-year-old, recent high school...
  • In The Market For Stuff? Go Have Some Fun

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday June 12, 2013
    Buying stuff for fire departments should always be a fun experience and with the right attitude and a reasonable amount of research it can be enjoyable, not a pain in the backside chore. There’s a lot of stuff needed for proper firefighting...
  • Apparatus Builders Gain Traction in Market Place

    By Ed Ballam - Tuesday June 4, 2013
    Last week, I wrote about an uptick in fire service business as the economy continues gain strength. There was more evidence of that this week from big apparatus builders in the United States. E-ONE, KME, Oshkosh, Pierce, and Rosenbauer, arguable some of...
  • Fire Industry Makes Modest Gains

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday May 29, 2013
    While at a recent trade show, vendors were reporting some modest gains in the fire service industry. Fire departments are beginning to think about making capital purchases and fire service manufacturers are beginning to see light at the end of the...
  • Memorial Day: Honor The Fallen by Staying Safe

    By Ed Ballam - Saturday May 25, 2013
    I broke in a new Class A uniform this weekend. It was stiff, immaculately clean, brand new, just out of the plastic and donned for the very first time in honor of our fallen colleagues and military veterans. My town was privileged to have the American...
  • Step Right Up. It’s Showtime

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday May 22, 2013
    Editor's Note: This is the first blog by Firehouse.com's Ed Ballam, who is the associate editor - industry news & products. Check back as this fire service veteran blogs about new and innovative products, what's happening with manufacturers and more...