Emergency Vehicles & Operations

  • 25 Years Of Fire Apparatus Design Evolution

    John A. Calderone describes changes in the design and manufacturing of fire-rescue apparatus and how they have affected America’s Bravest.

    Article • August 1st, 2001

  • The Apparatus Architect – Part 7: Conducting Factory Inspections

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur outline ways in which an apparatus purchasing committee can benefit from pre-construction meetings and in-process inspections.

    Article • July 1st, 2001

  • The Apparatus Architect - Part 6: Reviewing & Evaluating Bids

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur review ways in which a professional consultant can help the apparatus committee at the important stage in the purchasing process.

    Article • June 1st, 2001

  • Safe Operations Along Highways & Interstates

    To my loyal readers I would like to apologize for the long delay between columns, but I have been out of service for a few months. However, we are now ready to continue with the business at hand. This column will examine a National Institute for...

    Article • May 1st, 2001

  • The Apparatus Architect - Part 5: Developing The Specifications

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur discuss the process of gathering technical information to create the apparatus specifications.

    Article • May 1st, 2001

  • The Apparatus Architect - Part 4

    Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur discuss ways in which an apparatus committee can successfully conduct meetings with vendors.

    Article • January 31st, 2001

  • Positioning Aerial Apparatus On The Fire Scene - Part 2

    Michael A. Wieder offers guidelines on the proper fireground placement of aerial apparatus, focusing on the tactical considerations of the incident.

    Article • December 31st, 2000

  • Accident Scene Safety: Case Studies From The Field

    Recently in Emergency Vehicle Operations columns, we completed a series of reports on apparatus rollovers. As with apparatus rollovers, operations along the nation's highways kill and injure a high percentage of firefighters each year. With that in...

    Article • October 31st, 2000

  • Preventing Apparatus Rollover Fatalities & Injuries: Protecting Our Own

    In this column, the last installment of a three-part series on apparatus rollovers, we will examine life-saving measures your department can take to avert a catastrophe. Photo Courtesy of the Phoenix Fire Department The back end of...

    Article • October 1st, 2000

  • Preventing Apparatus Rollover Fatalities And Injuries

    The July Emergency Vehicle Operations column listed seven apparatus rollover case studies. This month we will examine the lessons learned through those case studies. The first common factor, the one that causes a majority of apparatus rollovers, is...

    Article • September 1st, 2000

  • Apparatus Rollovers: Some Case Studies

    No person involved with the fire service will argue the pain, heartbreak and sheer helplessness one feels when viewing the aftermath of an apparatus rollover. I will never forget my first time. It was on March 29, 1980, only 12 miles from my home, when...

    Article • July 1st, 2000

  • On-The-Road Firefighter Deaths: The Carnage Continues

    The year 1999 continued the trend of too many of the nation’s firefighters dying in the line of duty responding to and returning from alarms.

    Article • May 1st, 2000

  • The Future of Apparatus - Part 3

    Do you see the industry becoming more assembly-line oriented or utilizing more custom designs? Ferrara: An apparatus manufacturer will need to do both. The assembly-line units will enable them to provide lower-cost units to budget restricted...

    News • January 31st, 2000

  • The Future of Apparatus - Part 2

    Will aerial devices continue to get larger and reach greater heights? Ferrara: As modern buildings increase in size, the need for aerial units to reach greater heights will be required. Crash Rescue: There may be some more specialized...

    Article • January 31st, 2000

  • The Future Of Apparatus - Part 1

    Firehouse® moderates a roundtable discussion with key executives of fire and emergency vehicle manufacturers.

    Article • January 31st, 2000