Emergency Vehicles & Operations

  • The Apparatus Architect: Part 37 - Design Case Study: Bedford, VA, Fire Department

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur reflect on the Bedford, VA, Fire Department, which spent several years evaluating their needs and developing specifications for a new engine and ladder truck.

    Article • August 1st, 2008

  • Specialized Apparatus For The Chicago Fire Department

    Firehouse presents a photo compilation that displays a part of the vast special auxiliary apparatus fleet operated by the CFD.

    Article • August 1st, 2008

  • NFPA 1901 Changes and Their Effects On Emergency Vehicle Driving

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901 Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus has undergone a revision cycle offering changes that will affect contracts signed on or after Jan. 1, 2009, for the purchase of new fire apparatus. Many of these...

    Article • July 1st, 2008

  • Proper Backing Procedures

    Article • June 1st, 2008

  • Completing a Three-Door Evolution on an SUV

    SUBJECT: SUV Extrication Techniques TOPIC: Completing a Three-door Evolution on an SUV OBJECTIVE: Given an acquired SUV-style vehicle, the rescue team shall open, move, and/or remove portions of the vehicle's side structure that would...

    Article • May 1st, 2008

  • Maximizing Flow With Midship Pumps

    Dominic Colletti explains how making a few minor changes may provide a lot more water.

    Article • April 1st, 2008

  • The Apparatus Architect - Part 35

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur explain procedures involving performance bonds and bid bonds to protect your fire department's assets.

    Article • April 1st, 2008

  • Random Thoughts On Apparatus Safety

    As we begin a new year, may this be the year that we operate more safely. Let this year be less deadly for firefighters than 2007. With this in mind, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has announced in a press release that Safety Stand...

    Article • January 31st, 2008

  • Road Warriors

    The latest in fire-rescue and EMS apparatus

    Article • December 31st, 2007

  • The Apparatus Architect - Part 34

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur continue this series with a discussion about fleet replacements for fire departments.

    Article • December 31st, 2007

  • Fire and Emergency Vehicle Design

    Firehouse Magazine invited a cross-section of apparatus manufacturers to join our latest roundtable discussion, this time centering on design issues.

    Article • December 31st, 2007

  • Apparatus Showcase

    Manufacturers display the latest in fi re-rescue and EMS apparatus.

    Article • November 1st, 2007

  • The Party's Over

    Recently, first responders have been blasted in the news — and perhaps justifiably so. Some of the headlines: "Ambulance Driver Charged with DUI, with Patient Aboard"; "Autopsies Find Alcohol, Some Cocaine, Two Officials Say"; "Drunk EMT Rants on Radio...

    Article • November 1st, 2007

  • The Apparatus Architect: Part 33 - "Better Call a TO, Baby!"

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur discuss the purchase of a new apparatus as compared to basketball: both need written guidelines that all personnel understand in all positions. But in basketball, you can call a "time out."

    Article • November 1st, 2007

  • Who's Driving?

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

    Article • November 1st, 2007