The Business Behind Firefighting
When it comes to specifying apparatus, make sure you know your needs and wants.
Years ago, those who stepped up to serve as firefighters were plumbers, carpenters, tradesmen and auto mechanics. It's not the same these days.
In a time when some other fire apparatus manufacturers are closing plants or businesses, Smeal has been acquiring businesses and adding staff.
Show and tell might be a kids game, but it works great for the fire service as a way to learn more about equipment and apparatus your neighboring fire departments have in the stations.
Summer is over and cold weather is here and chimney fires are around the corner. One Vermont man has made a product to help fight them.
There are many who work in the fire service industry who change companies and employers while still staying connected with firefighting and emergency services. They're part of the 'Velcro Club.'
Recalls of fire apparatus and equipment happen all the time. Defects, unfortunately, cause injury to firefighters and those responsible need to be accountable, but not punished.
The best way to get a feel of the different options and features of custom fire apparatus cabs is to get inside and check them out.
The quest continues for the perfect pumper for a small rural fire department with the second meeting of an apparatus committee.
In April, Pierce will unveil a new cab and chassis and Firehouse staff were invited to take a sneak peek during a factory tour.
While American LaFrance may have had a storied past, its future looks pretty bleak.
A truck committee has been formed and the firefighters who will serve on it will sift through all the wants and needs and balance it with budgetary limits.
While controversial, an ad on an fire apparatus is a creative way to raise funds, especially for cash strapped volunteer fire departments.
Several vendors in just the past several weeks have introduced new products that continue to prove those in the fire service business are still innovating.
Writing an AFG grant is a little like playing the lottery. With a little luck, you might get some money, but you've got to "buy the ticket" to win.
Firefighters may not be Ghostbusters, but they are the ones called when something happens in the neighborhood. So be ready for anything to remain relevant.
The only way we know how our fire apparatus will perform is if we test it routinely and keep it in good repair. So, What's in Your Station?
Firefighting, “as seen on TV” is cool, to a point. It’s OK to get sucked up into the show story lines, but use caution when basing purchasing decisions on star power alone.
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.
Fire service trade shows continue to be a great place to see new products and Firehouse Expo 2013 in Baltimore was no exception.
Fire tradeshows are in full swing and it's a good idea for every firefighter and fire officer to attend at least one trade show a year to learn more about products and innovations as well as take advantage of unparalleled training.
A young firefighter is lucky to be alive after the fire engine she was driving rolled over in Kansas. Apparatus builders are doing more and more to keep firefighters safe in crashes.
Fire departments shouldn't consider purchasing a chore. Firefighters should enjoy the process and recognize it as chance to try out new stuff and have some fun.
If the first two quarters of 2013 are any indication, apparatus builders should see healthier numbers this year.
While the fire service market and manufacturing industry isn't robust, it's off life support, stabilizing and even making some modest recovery.
All responders make some sacrifice, but not all have to give all. We can honor those who have gone before us by training hard and staying safe always.