The Apparatus Architects: Bigger Isn't Always Better


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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 out on new engine, ladder or rescue apparatus. The Apparatus Architects also discuss the advantages and disadvantages rear-mount versus mid-mount ladder trucks. If you are looking for a new aerial ladder, you should listen to this show.

Michael Wilbur offers an update on the firefighter seat belt study being produced by Total Contact to determine the body composition of firefighters across the country. The recent firefighter /EMS safety stand down is discussed in relation to apparatus and driving safety.

This podcast ends with response to reader questions, including the most effective color in apparatus. Send in your questions for the Apparatus Architects to review during an upcoming podcast. This podcast is sponsored by Task Force Tips.

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Total Concept seat belt study

Emergency Vehicle Response

Be Apart of this Podcast at Firehouse Expo!
Join hosts Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur during a live taping of The Apparatus Architects at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore. The show will begin at 10: 15 a.m. on Friday July 27 in Room 308. If you're buying a new rig soon, bring your questions to this informative session.

If you have suggestions, questions or comments, please e-mail them to: podcast@firehouse.com

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