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    Default Most Important Fire Service Innovation of the Past 100 Years

    In your opinion, What is the most influential/important fire service innovation/invention of the past 100 years?
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    Talking my 5 cents- chefs are expensive you know

    I would have to say The NFPA.

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    The Internal Combustion Engine.

    Horse drawn Seagrave Engines and Hand powered Pumps in 2005.
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    Kiwi beat me to it.

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    My initial reaction to this is to advise you to keep reading the fire engineering magazine that you got this question out of - but if people are going to take it seriously, I will go with an airpack.

    All other inventions - fire apparatus and everything that goes with them - internal combustion engines, pumps, fancy lights, sirens, paint schemes, reflective striping; turnouts; nozzles; hoses, pike poles, haligan bars, thermal imaging cameras etc. would be useless without airpack that allow us to enter environments to do our jobs. With out airpacks, all the best stuff in the world would be useless except to sit in the yard and lob water through the windows like days of old. There you have it. Airpacks.
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    I say the spare MACK engine, since the new ones dont hold up like the Macks....LOL

    But if you want a serious answer....SCBA.
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    SCBA / PPE. Kind of group that as one "item".
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    I agree, SCBA!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Res343cue
    SCBA / PPE. Kind of group that as one "item".

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    This is not out of Fire Engineering, it is to write a paper about for english class. Sorry I did not specify that in my first post, I was rushing out the door and I posted. I can see where you were coming from.

    BTW, IMHO, it would have to be the SCBA
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    I have to agree...SCBA.

    Because of them, rescuers can save the lives of not only countless victims that otherwise would surely die due to help not being able to reach them in time, but they also save (and lengthen) the lives of countless firefighters that would quickly succome to the toxins and smoke they would otherwise have to eat. Especially with the introduction in the past few decades, of so many synthetics and plastics that are used to make virtually everything we use.




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    Talking Well...............

    Quote Originally Posted by RFRDxplorer
    In your opinion, What is the most influential/important fire service innovation/invention of the past 100 years?
    After a great deal of thought,....... Me .......
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    Nope on the SCBA.

    Internal Combustion Engine.

    Without "Da Motor" ya don't gets to da fire fast enough to need the damn SCBA.

    And you sure as heck would NOT have enough water to do any damn good inside for any victims.

    Unless you had 4 "Arnies" on the hand pump. "Ja, Arnie Four, Pump Fazta, Das vaser ist gut."

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods
    After a great deal of thought,....... Me .......
    They asked for the last 100 years.... Not since the start of firefighting.
    Quote Originally Posted by ThNozzleMan
    Why? Because we are firemen. We are decent human beings. We would be compelled by the overwhelming impulse to save an innocent child from a tragic, painful death because in the end, we are MEN.

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    I thought a lot about it, I started to agree that it had to be SCBA. But then again I fought fires for years before we had SCBA, and let me say first, I ,as most on here know am the worst to preach SCBA, but I think the most intovative tool in the past 100 years Is the adjusible fog nozzel, We preserve water,less property damage, less strain on attact crew, protection for the crew, can push fire back, as in a fuel fire, we can aproach a lpg tank before it blows, we can wash out under a car from a long distance, then approach it with the protection of the fog, then adjust the pressure, and gpms. Any one disagrees, do the same with a 1 3/4 and a straight bore nozzel.
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    I agree with Ian, it would have to be the internal combustion engine. Maybe if i took a step back and said non-steam powered engines. Without the electric engine that charges your metal bottles, your BA is useless
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods
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    LOL! Should I write the paper on how Chief Woods is the greatest innovation of the pst 100 years for the fire service?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Res343cue
    They asked for the last 100 years.... Not since the start of firefighting.

    Ouch! That is harsh.
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    SCBA then CAFS.

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    Hehe,I think I'll second Harve,T.C.

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    Have to agree with SCBA/PPE

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