Emergency Vehicles & Operations

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  • Performing Factory Inspections On New Fire Apparatus

    John P. Morello offers professional advice on the many different aspects of purchasing and factory-inspecting a new vehicle for your fire department.

    Article • December 31st, 1996

  • "We Don't Think It Will Happen To Us"

    Since I started writing for Firehouse®, I have learned as much as I have shared. Each month, I get letters and telephone calls offering advice, words of encouragement, details of apparatus accidents and real-life experiences. Last May, I received a...

    Article • December 31st, 1996

  • The "Biggies" Of Heavy Rescue

    Gene P. Carlson and Matthias Borchert discuss the fire department rescue crane, which is widely used in Europe and now catching on in the United States.

    Article • December 31st, 1996

  • Where Are We Going With Fire Apparatus?

    William E. Adams describes the various changes that fire apparatus have gone through over the decades and their effects on firefighters.

    Article • October 31st, 1996

  • 20 Years Of Service

    Then & Now Apparatus: 1974 Maxim aerial 1996 Pierce aerial platform Weight: 46,000 pounds 70,000 pounds Height:  10 feet, 4 inches 11 feet, 5 inches Wheel base: 200 inches 263 inches...

    Article • October 31st, 1996

  • Heavy Rescue Package In A Pumper

    Dennis C. Sharpe describes how one fire company chose a single piece of apparatus that could handle a variety of emergencies.

    Article • October 31st, 1996

  • Apparatus Innovations

    John A. Calderone discusses how fire apparatus designs are continuously changing and adapting to the individual needs of fire departments.

    Article • October 31st, 1996

  • EVOC: Treat Each Lane As A Separate Intersection

    Intersections represent the greatest challenge and danger that emergency vehicle operators face daily.

    Article • October 1st, 1996

  • EVOC: 1995 Another Year Of Tragedy

    Twenty-seven firefighters responding to or returning from alarms died in the line of duty in 1995, compared to 18 such deaths in 1994.

    Article • September 1st, 1996

  • Who Regulates Fire Apparatus And Their Operators?

    The answer to the question in the headline, in most cases, is no one. It's ironic that the fire service of this country is responsible for public safety and yet when government passes regulations to provide highway and vehicle safety, the fire service...

    Article • July 1st, 1996

  • Engine Work, Chicago Style

    John J. Salka Jr. describes how one big-city fire department has been using an innovative three-in-one hoseline stretch to maximize its efficiency on the fireground.

    Article • March 31st, 1996

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