The Apparatus Architects: Rig Replacement Programs and Current Trends

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In this month's edition of the Apparatus Architects, hosts Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur take a look at some of the recent trends in new units being purchased.

One of the new trends is the ever increasing size of pumpers. They discuss the features including length and added load capacity. Shand and Wilbur also look at the larger water tanks. They wrap up the trends discussion with a review of quints versus ladder trucks.

The Apparatus Architects talk about the importance of apparatus replacement programs.

Shand and Wilbur also discuss recent news items involving fire apparatus, including crashes and the death of a firefighter struck by a ladder pipe in Pennsylvania. They applaud NIOSH officials their quick response to publish a safety alert.

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The Apparatus Architects, Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur, will host a live podcast during the upcoming in July. After kicking some tires on the exhibit floor, stop by the classroom on Saturday, July 27 to ask the experts about your upcoming purchases. Shand and Wilbur will be presenting "Design Considerations for Heavy Rescue and Squad Apparatus" and "First Due Operations with the Engine and Truck" during the classroom lectures.

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