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  • Ballam: Pierce Gives Sneak Peek of New Cab at Factory

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday March 5, 2014
    Sometimes, this job has its perks like traveling to Wisconsin in February on a minus 16 degree day. How could that be a perk you might say? Traveling to Pierce Manufacturing, one of the biggest fire truck manufacturing facilities in the world is always...
  • Ballam: The Death of a Fire Truck Maker -- Again

    By Ed Ballam - Tuesday January 21, 2014
    It appears the legendary truck builder American LaFrance has died – again. Rumors, speculations and scorn is circulating among fire apparatus manufacturers. Some are angry, saying when a company like American LaFrance (ALF) goes out of business, it...
  • Ballam: A Fire Truck Committee Is Born

    By Ed Ballam - Monday January 13, 2014
    My department has formed a truck committee and our first meeting will be later this month. The five-person committee, of which I am one, will be tasked with replacing our front-line engine that’s more than 20 years old. We acknowledge we have a lot...
  • Ballam: Ads on Fire Apparatus? Bring It On!

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday November 20, 2013
    Bravo to the firefighters of Middle River, Md., Volunteer Fire Company. I read with interest about their story about sale of ad space on their ladder and engine.   It’s difficult enough to be a volunteer firefighter these days, with the...
  • Ballam: Fire Service Vendors Continue to Innovate

    By Ed Ballam - Thursday November 7, 2013
    Fire service vendors and manufacturers are always coming up with new things to sell firefighters and first responders and a lot of them are really cool and advance the trade and keep us safe in many ways. If you have any doubts about that, just check...
  • Ballam: 'Tis The Season -- To Write Grants

    By Ed Ballam - Monday November 4, 2013
    It is grant season again with the opening of the 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program today (Nov. 4.)  It’s a time of year when fire departments across the nation make their “wish lists,” fill out their applications, hit send and...
  • Ballam: Who You Gonna Call? Firefighters

    By Ed Ballam - Tuesday October 29, 2013
    It’s surprising to see that layoffs and station closures are still happening, despite encouraging words of economic recovery. But RIFs and closures are still happening and they’re just as painful as they were three or four years ago when they really...
  • Ballam: What's In Your Station

    By Ed Ballam - Wednesday October 9, 2013
    There’s a commercial on TV that asks: "What’s in your wallet?" The premise is, what can you count on when you really need it. It got me thinking about another question more relevant to us in the fire service. "What’s in your station?" When stuff...
  • Ballam: Firefighting - As Seen on TV

    By Ed Ballam - Tuesday October 1, 2013
    I am not one to watch much television, I’ll be the first to admit that. And to prove it, I just finished watching the last episode of "Rescue Me" on Netflix this weekend The finale aired in 2011. And now, I just started watching "Chicago Fire," the...
  • Ballam: Robots in The Fire Service? Say it Ain't So.

    By Ed Ballam - Thursday August 29, 2013
    Robots fighting fire? Preposterous, you might say. But wait a minute, the future is here and autonomous fighting machines are making their way into the fire service in a big way. As far-fetched and “Star Wars” like as it might sound, there will be a...