Emergency Vehicles & Operations

  • The Apparatus Architect

    During the early 1970s, mini-pumper fire apparatus became the standard bearer in many fire departments throughout the country. The advantages of these vehicles were clear: they were smaller, more maneuverable and cost significantly less than a full-size...

    Article • March 31st, 2010

  • Don't Just Park Those Rigs on First Response!

    In December 2008, on an icy winter night in Memphis, TN, a motor vehicle accident occurred on a local interstate highway. Nobody was driving fast because an ice storm was passing through the area. As ice and rain stuck to the ground, driving became very...

    Article • March 3rd, 2010

  • The Apparatus Architect: Part 44

    In the January installment of The Apparatus Architect, we began covering some considerations for the use of ground ladders on the fireground, together with reasons why your department should carry additional ground ladders on your ladder company units.

    Article • February 3rd, 2010

  • Firehouse® Roundtable Apparatus Maintenance

    Fire apparatus that won't start, breaks down enroute to a call or, worst of all, fails at the scene of a fire can have catastrophic consequences. That's why having an apparatus maintenance program is vital to fire department operations.

    Article • December 29th, 2009

  • Racing to Death

     In recent years, there has been an escalation of responding fire apparatus crashing into each other and in the past few weeks it has gotten even worse. In this column, we have always tried to be honest and fair in taking on the hardest issues. This...

    Article • July 22nd, 2009

  • The Apparatus Architect Part 40 - Program Fire Apparatus Designs

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur outline economic factors that may lead fire departments to consider acquiring program fire apparatus.

    Article • April 1st, 2009

  • The Apparatus Architect Part 39 - Apparatus Design on New and Rebuilt Units

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur explain why, with municipal budgets getting tighter and funds for capital projects becoming scarce, it is more important than ever to develop an apparatus-replacement program for your department.With the beginning of a new...

    Article • December 31st, 2008

  • Road Warriors

    A compilation of fire, rescue and specialized apparatus in service at fire-rescue departments from across the country and Canada.

    Article • December 31st, 2008

  • The New Year, Positive Outcomes & Seatbelts

    Fire Service Makes Progress to Protect Its Most Valuable Resource Recently, there have been a series of apparatus rollovers - and there is good news to report. What, you may ask, is good about an apparatus rollover? The answer: a large majority of...

    Article • December 31st, 2008

  • Apparatus Roundtable

    Firehouse Magazine conducts a question-and-answer roundtable with representatives of fire-rescue apparatus manufacturers.

    Article • November 1st, 2008

  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Warning: POVs Kill

    Unfortunately, there has been a steady increase in the number of firefighters killed behind the wheel of their own personal vehicles recently. This month's column will discuss causative factors and some guidelines that may help to stem this tide. In...

    Article • November 1st, 2008

  • The Apparatus Architect - Part 38: "The Times They Are a-Changin' "

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur discuss the effects of the changing economic times pertaining to apparatus purchasing and design.

    Article • November 1st, 2008

  • University and Community-Based Interoperability

    James J. Schaefer reviews the partnership of Lake Superior State University, in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, as a designated regional training center with fire departments in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula.

    Article • November 1st, 2008

  • Apparatus Showcase

    Manufacturers display the latest in fire-rescue and EMS apparatus.

    Article • November 1st, 2008

  • Arrive Alive

    By request of the author, this article is not available online.

    Article • October 1st, 2008