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    Talking Fire Dept Motorcycle, complete with water, foam, and booster reel....

    I suppose this would solve the problem of getting to the scene in heavy traffic. Think NFPA would approve it?



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    I don't know about NFPA, but I'm willing to give it a shot! Where do I sign up ?

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    now isnt that the coolest ?????
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    Put that kind of a setup on a Harley, and I'd respond with it.
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    Talking did someone say Harley?

    http://www.ci.daytona-beach.fl.us/fire/motor_medic.htm

    These would be great in San Franciscio. They could be used to respond to box alarm calls and with the high proportion of false alarms, that would save having to send out a full response. The motorcyles cut response time down and also reduce the need to send out a full response to every box alarm call and at the same time, for those calls that are legitimate, they would be able to provide the necessary services.
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    Brief History of the Motorcycle in the Fire Service


    "In 1931, the New York City fire department utilizes motorcycles for response by supervisory personnel. The unique characteristics of the motorcycle enables officers to access cluttered areas surrounding an event."



    "In 1992, the Nantucket fire department in Massachusetts institutes a full-time “Motor Medic” program. Nantucket firefighters are the first United States fire department to utilize full-time “Motor Medics.” Specially equipped Harley-Davidson Motorcycles allow the responders to access pedestrian and heavy traffic areas."



    "In 1994, the Daytona Beach fire department initiates a “Motor Medic” pilot program utilizing two surplus Kawasaki KZ1000 police motorcycles. The program is instituted to deal with traffic congestion of special events that hinders response of regular department apparatus. The initial program had five riders and the two borrowed motorcycles. Today, the Daytona Beach “Motor Medic Division” has 17 members and four Harley-Davidson Road King Motorcycles. Since its inception in Daytona Beach, the Motor Medics have been embraced by the community and are regularly seen at media promotions, high-profile public relations affairs, police and fire funerals and other fire /EMS related demonstrations."



    "In 2003, the Taylor fire department establishes a “Motor Medic” program. The initial program will have six members and a 2003 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. The vehicle will be equipped with Medical Supplies on a first-responder level, including an Automated Defibrillator. The motorcycle will be a prominent fixture at all city events and charity rides. This specialty response unit will also command attention at community-related activities and classes conducted through the EMS, and fire Marshal Divisions. The Taylor fire department becomes the first fire department in the State of Michigan to institute the Motor Medic Program."


    They are also in use on the international level in countries such as Brazil and Japan.

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    Ssweeeeeetttt...

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    They could be used to respond to box alarm calls and with the high proportion of false alarms, that would save having to send out a full response
    But then the politicians would say you need less fire fighters overall.
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    Originally posted by Bones42
    But then the politicians would say you need less fire fighters overall.
    Sad but true. Hell, with the amount false alarm activations we all get, they would cut the busiest cities down to one engine and a motorcycle.
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    I'd love to have one, problem is I'd lay it over by the time I got it out of the building!
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    Its kind of like the modern idea of the old hand drawn chemical engines. Without a left swing arm on the rear makes me think Ducatti or BMW. I would empty the tanks completely or have them full, the last thing you want is sloshing around when cornering.
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    But then the politicians would say you need less fire fighters overall
    Yes. In that I would have to agree. I had a brief moment of madness thinking that the powers that be would see this as a way to improve and expand the fire protection services. Silly me, what I was I thinking. politicians are not logical.

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    Its not a new idea, there was a motorcycle and sidecar with a lightweight pump in use in the UK in 1926 and one in Hungary in 1928. Amazing how things seem to come around.

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    Waiting on the tanker and 100' stick models ....... now that would be cool ... LOL

    By the way London uses the medic-bike concept as well.

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    I've seen the Medics on Motorcycles before, but never one with a hose and water tanks(s)........ Definitely different.........

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    My department has a bicycle rescue program. We just added a ‘utility rescue’ AKA: golf cart.

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    Talking This Just In.........................

    A Harley Sportster was seen laying a 5in LDH line down Main St, and a second Harley was hooking up to the Hydrant with it's 1,750 gpm pump........

    To add to the Historic, Chief Phil Bond of the Allentown Md. (PGCo) VFD had a Harley for a Chief's Buggy in the late 1960's.

    Side note to Tillerman25, anybody down your way remember this?? One story has it that the late Buck White, (Chief 21) ordered Phil to leave a Fire, and stay out of Oxon Hill's district with the Harley.
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    We have an OLD photo on a bulletin board in the station of a Harley they had for responses at the airport back in the day (the day of busdriver hats and no helmets-like the 30's or 40's). Can't tell if it had any equipment on it although I doubt that even if there was that it wasn't enough to do anything with. That Beemer has a dry clutch that costs about $800 a pop to replace, they should have gone with the Honda ST1300. (sorry Harley fans)
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    Richmond, Virginia used motorcycles, with side cars around the early 1900's. They had a fleet of 13 Indians, with chemical extinguishers and hose in a basket. It was reported that it was the largest fleet in the United Staes.

    The unit was normally manned by two members. They kept these in service up into the 1930's.
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    I found the photo of the one they had here at the airport way back when, looks like it was an Indian with a side car, couple of extinguishers mounted on the front of the side car.
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    scan it and post it.

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    HAHAHA scan it with what? We're part of special ops, we don't get anything like scanners!
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