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  • The Apparatus Architects: NFPA 1901 Changes & Pumper Purchasing

    This month's edition of the Apparatus Architects looks at some of the changes being proposed in the NFPA 1901 Standards for Fire Apparatus.The proposed changes include the placement of a black box-like device to record vehicle data, tool mounting policies...

    Podcast • February 21st, 2008

  • The Apparatus Architects: A Bad Start for 2008 & Accident Prevention

    It hasn't been a good start for the new year. There have been a rash of collisions involving both personal vehicles and apparatus. A firefighter in his personal vehicle was killed en route to a house fire. Several other major wrecks are highlighted in the...

    Podcast • January 25th, 2008

  • The Apparatus Architects: Predictions for the 2008 Apparatus Industry

    This edition of The Apparatus Architects looks at the latest news of 2007. As the year winds down, several manufactures face big changes that may impact fire departments across the nation. Hosts Michael Wilbur and Tom Shand offer their predictions for the...

    Podcast • December 20th, 2007

  • The Apparatus Architects: Working with Dealers and Warranties

    Whether your department is looking to buy a used fire truck or designing a new unit, this month's edition of The Apparatus Architects is a must. Hosts Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur use their experience to offer advice on the purchase of used apparatus...

    Podcast • November 16th, 2007

  • The Apparatus Architects: Accident Liability and Older Units

    Apparatus Architects Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur dedicate a good chunk of this podcast to several recent events that involved fire apparatus. From an engine that rolled into a lake, to a unit that was stolen from a manufacturing plant, the hosts...

    Podcast • October 19th, 2007

  • The Apparatus Architects: Manufacturers Roundtable for Apparatus Safety Issues

    In this installment of the Apparatus Architects, Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur present a roundtable discussion on the current state of the fire apparatus industry with representatives with several manufacturers. This roundtable focuses on firefighter...

    Podcast • September 12th, 2007

  • The Apparatus Architects: Live from Firehouse Expo

    The Apparatus Architects come to you from the classroom at Firehouse Expo where several hot topics were discussed. With several recent runaway fire trucks, Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur talk about some of the potential problems and solutions. The...

    Podcast • August 17th, 2007

  • The Apparatus Architects: Bigger Isn't Always Better

    From extended bumpers to raised roof cabs, Apparatus Architects Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur talk about the fact that bigger is not always better. The discussion includes the potential decrease in maneuverability and use of equipment when you build up and...

    Podcast • June 27th, 2007

  • The Apparatus Architects: Live from FDIC

    The Apparatus Architects come to you from the show floor at FDIC where several new models of apparatus were unveiled. Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur highlight the large amount of combination apparatus, including rescue engines and quints, on display at...

    Podcast • May 7th, 2007

  • The Apparatus Architects: Rescue Engines

    This month's Apparatus Architects podcast review the pros and cons of rescue-engine apparatus. While departments are forced to do mitigate more and more problems with fewer people, a combination apparatus may be the key to successful operations. Apparatus...

    Podcast • April 23rd, 2007

  • Will Your Department Benefit with a Quint?

    This hour-long podcast is packed with news from Apparatus Architects Michael Wilbur and Tom Shand. They will give an update on the seatbelt campaign and the latest on an ongoing medical study. The investigation following the recent failure of a Boston...

    Podcast • March 20th, 2007

  • Vehicle and misc fire apparatus safety / design

    This month's show covers the gamut of fire apparatus design and safety, but starts with the sobering facts of safe vehicle operations. In recent months, three apparatus operators were indicted after vehicle accidents that killed a fellow firefighter and...

    Podcast • January 15th, 2007

  • Apparatus Architects at Firehouse Expo

    Live from Firehouse Expo, Apparatus Architects Mike Wilbur and Tom Shand talk about some hot apparatus topics. They go over the pros and cons of quints, including the lack of ground ladders available on most models on the market and making sure you have...

    Podcast • September 18th, 2006

  • From the Drawing Board to The Firehouse Expo Exhibit Hall Floor with the Apparatus Architects

    Join Apparatus Architects Tom Shand and Mike Wilbur as they tour the exhibit hall floor at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore. The architects stop by all of the fire apparatus booths to see what's available this year. From low hosebeds and cross lays to master...

    Podcast • September 18th, 2006

  • From The Drawing Board To The Engine Room Floor

    In the first installment of their Podcast series with the Apparatus Architects, Mike Wilbur and Tom Shand get down and dirty in their series "From The Drawing Board To Engine Room Floor With The Apparatus Architects." Mike and Tom give talk about...

    Podcast • June 7th, 2006

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