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  • Weekly Drill: No. 149 - Apparatus Placement

    Readers will learn that apparatus needs to be positioned where it can be utilized most effectively. This starts by having an understanding of the capabilities of the apparatus and then utilizing it to the maximum.

    Article • July 13th, 2014

  • 2013 AFG Program: Updated Priorities and Application Tips

    The time to have started preparing your 2013 AFG application was yesterday because if you need something today you probably needed it yesterday.

    Article • November 5th, 2013

  • Weekly Drill: No. 106

    Drill #106: Hose Loads There are many different fire apparatus designs and just as many hose loads. The question is, which one is right for your department? The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your...

    Article • February 17th, 2013

  • Positioning Aerial Apparatus for Defensive Operations

    Recently, we discussed apparatus positioning for truck companies at the scene of a working fire, and we approached this topic with considerations towards operating in an offensive mode; that is, crews were going to be assigned specific areas of...

    Article • November 24th, 2012

  • Apparatus Manufacturers Discuss Multi-Purpose Units

    Editor's Note: Firehouse Staff Writer Ed Ballam covered this article in the November issue of Firehouse Magazine and for the November edition of the Firehouse Limited Edition Tablet app. There was a time when parade apparatus was king in fire...

    Article • November 8th, 2012

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Suffern's Tiller

    The fire service enjoys many proud traditions dating back to when steamers were horse drawn and ladder trucks carried buckets, hooks and an assortment of heavy, wooden ground ladders. Over the years as motorized apparatus became prevalent the ability to...

    Article • August 28th, 2012

  • Location, Location, Location: The First-Due Truck

    The success of the first-arriving truck company is contingent on a number of factors: they should be properly equipped, well trained, adequately staffed and respond using the safest and most efficient path of travel from the station to the incident scene...

    Article • May 22nd, 2012

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 62

    Drill #62: Pump Test Readers will learn about all of the steps required to perform a successful annual pump test. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among your crew members. Sit down and talk about the...

    Article • March 18th, 2012

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Paxtang’s Short Wheelbase Pumper

    The Paxtang Fire Company operates as Company 40 in the Dauphin County, PA, fire service and is under the command of Chief Todd Zwigart. The fire company annually responds to more than 400 alarms in the borough of Paxtang as well as neighboring departments...

    Article • November 11th, 2011

  • Specifying & Financing Fire Apparatus in Today’s Economy

    Firehouse Magazine asked a cross-section of apparatus manufacturers, large and small, about their recommendations and creative ideas on how to specify and finance apparatus in this challenging economic environment. An excerpt appears in the November issue...

    Article • November 4th, 2011

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Nanjemoy's Engine 42

    In the last installment of Innovative Rigs on the Street we visited the Nanjemoy Fire Department located in Southern Maryland.

    Article • October 3rd, 2011

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Nanjemoy's Brush Engine

    Since the inception of the Innovative Rigs on the Street articles back in December, 2009 we have featured a number of pumpers, aerial devices and other vehicles which were designed to meet the specific needs of the local fire and emergency services...

    Article • September 9th, 2011

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Fuller Road’s 100-foot Tower

    In last month’s installment of Innovative Rigs on the Street, we featured a new Sutphen pumper built for the Fuller Road Fire Department in the Town of Colonie, NY. Over the years, the town’s 12 fire departments have worked together on a number of...

    Article • August 6th, 2011

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Fuller Road’s Engine 412

    The Town of Colonie, NY, is protected by 12 fire departments that operate as separate volunteer organizations and are coordinated through a town emergency services committee. For a number of years, these departments have worked together on numerous...

    Article • July 5th, 2011

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Coronado's Tiller

    The City of Coronado was incorporated in 1890 and in one of the most desired vacation destinations in the United States. Also known as Coronado Island, the city is located in San Diego County and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. The...

    Article • May 20th, 2011

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