Emergency Vehicles & Operations

  • The Apparatus Architect: Part 22 – Designing Ladder Company Apparatus

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur complete their discussion on ladder company apparatus by reviewing inherent advantages of each type of aerial device and whether the aerial is midship or rear mounted.

    Article • February 28th, 2005

  • The Aftermath of a Fatal Apparatus Wreck: Patti’s Story

    I have been assigned to a truck company for most of my career in the New York City Fire Department. In 1994, however, I took a detail to drive the Safety Operating Battalion for about a year. My time there was certainly an interesting and eye-opening...

    Article • December 31st, 2004

  • Driving Apparatus Safely

    Many fire service professionals are grappling with the high number of accidents occurring that involve emergency apparatus. We can all agree that such accidents have a significant impact on the safety of our personnel and on our budgets. What we can’t...

    Article • October 31st, 2004

  • Apparatus Updates

    The latest news and information from apparatus manufacturers about products, services and corporate updates.

    Article • July 1st, 2004

  • The Apparatus Architect - Part 19: Designing Ladder Company Apparatus

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur discuss the type of aerial device your department will acquire after it has carefully assessed the operational characteristics of each piece of aerial apparatus and how its use may benefit your department.

    Article • July 1st, 2004

  • Ignorance?

    I cannot believe that in the year 2004 I must write about this problem – and it is a problem. How can mayors, politicians, fire chiefs, fire officers, driver/operators or anybody else with any brains let firefighters ride on the outside of...

    Article • July 1st, 2004

  • Operations Cause for Optimism At Fire Safety Summit

    I recently attended the first Firefighter Life Safety Summit, sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and held in Tampa, FL. I have attended many similar events. Each time, I think that this meeting or this initiative is going to be...

    Article • May 1st, 2004

  • You Pay Me for What I Might Have To Do, Not for What I Do

    I have been writing the Emergency Vehicle Operations column for Firehouse® for over a decade. Two common themes have always been included: wear your seatbelts and revise your response policies into something safe and meaningful for firefighters and...

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • Sensible Upgrades For New Apparatus

    R. J. “Bob” Barraclough discusses upgrades and the specification-writing process that begins with obtaining a copy of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901 Standard, 2003 edition.

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • The Apparatus Architect – Part 18: Designing Ladder Company Apparatus

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur provide a guide for purchasing a midship or a rear-mount truck and discovering which is correct for your department.

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • Aerial Ladder and Tower Ladder Placement and Operations

    Michael Wilbur discusses the training and education needed to understand serial and elevating platform apparatus in the first installment of this new series.

    Article • March 31st, 2004

  • Designing Ladder Company Apparatus

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur advise seeking the expertise of an apparatus architect for the first-time aerial apparatus purchaser.

    Article • January 31st, 2004

  • Updates: The Year In Review

    This month, as the year draws to a close, I will update you on several incidents that were covered in previous columns. As reported in this column, one of the year's first line-of-duty deaths occurred in San Francisco in January, when 46-year-old...

    Article • October 31st, 2003

  • The Apparatus Architect: Part 16

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur continue their discussion on designing ladder company apparatus.

    Article • October 1st, 2003

  • Outrage

    In over a decade of writing this column for Firehouse® Magazine , this is the most difficult. It was so difficult that I did not have a title for it, and I had to keep writing the column over and over again. Trying to find the right words to be...

    Article • September 1st, 2003