Emergency Vehicles & Operations Web Exclusives

  • Apparatus Maintenance: Severe Conditions Require Extra Apparatus Care

    Editor's Note: This article is one of four that features web exclusive coverage of the "Apparatus Maintenance: Ensuring Extreme Service in the Toughest Conditions" feature starting on page 56 of the May issue of Firehouse Magazine. Look for additional...

    Article • April 30th, 2010

  • Severe Service Maintenance: Undercarriage Care

    Perhaps the most vulnerable part of any apparatus is its undercarriage and suspension. Frames, springs, tires and related components are critical maintenance areas for apparatus used in severe conditions. It's where the proverbial rubber meets the road...

    Article • April 30th, 2010

  • Severe Service Maintenance: Pump and Body Considerations

    One might not think much needs to be done to the body in severe service, or even the pump for that matter, but just the opposite is true. Think about the salt and calcium chloride that your own vehicles drive through seasonally or the mud and dust your...

    Article • April 30th, 2010

  • Severe Service Maintenance: Heating, Cooling and Climate Control

    Heating and cooling apparatus that is required to perform in extreme conditions can be challenging. High temperatures can cause engine overheating and failure very quickly if not kept in check. Conversely, extreme cold can make engines not run...

    Article • April 30th, 2010

  • Severe Service Maintenance: Caring for the Heart - Engines and Transmissions

    The engine and transmission could arguable be considered the heart of any apparatus. And "cardiac care" is critical for virtually anything that is required to operate full-bore in tough conditions. Water and dust and dirt are not friends of most all...

    Article • April 30th, 2010

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Miramar's Deployable Brush Unit

    For this month's installment of Innovative Rigs on the Street we traveled out to the west coast to visit the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar which is located in San Diego, CA. MCAS Miramar is home to the Third Marine Air Wing, which operates...

    Article • April 16th, 2010

  • Innovative Apparatus on the Street: Upper Frankford's Rural-Ready Pumper

    There are many areas of the country where innovative pieces of apparatus can be found. Some of these vehicles are older, used units which were acquired and then heavily modified to meet local conditions and budget requirements. Others are brand new rigs...

    Article • January 26th, 2010

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Hollywood's Tractor-Drawn Ladder

    Like a great movie screenplay that deserves a sequel, this month we are going to return to visit with the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department in Saint Mary's County, MD to review their 2009 Pierce tractor drawn ladder truck. While our first two featured...

    Article • January 26th, 2010

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Hollywood's Short Wheelbase Pumper

    When we hear the location of Hollywood most of us think about the movie industry, sunny southern California and maybe even the days when Crown Fire Apparatus was the predominant fire truck on the west coast. However the Hollywood covered in this article...

    Article • January 5th, 2010

  • Finding Qualified Technicians is Key to Apparatus Maintenance

    Fire apparatus are sophisticated, complicated machinery and, generally, it's best to leave repairs and maintenance to trained professionals. Certified Emergency Vehicle Technicians (EVTs) can be found in privately owned shops and dealerships as well as...

    Article • January 4th, 2010

  • A Standard of Living

    The American Firefighter is many things. In one day, they can be a mechanic, electrician, appliance repairman, teacher, plumber and furniture mover. They may perform traffic control duties one minute and receive a last chance confession the next.

    Article • December 30th, 2009

  • Apparatus Makers Recommend Routine Maintenance for Safety

    Editor's Note: 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 11th, 2009

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Carlisle's Engine Provides 'Tactical Flexibility'

    The Carlisle Fire Department in Cumberland County, PA, operates from three volunteer staffed stations with career personnel utilized as drivers for their apparatus fleet. The Empire Friendship Firefighters Association was formed a number of years ago as a...

    Article • November 25th, 2009

  • Who Are We Today? The Role of the Quint

    A fire department is composed of many functional units, referred to as companies. At the basic level most departments consist of mainly engine and truck companies. Engine companies are responsible for securing water at the fire scene, putting initial...

    Article • November 24th, 2009

  • Safety 101 - Lesson 33

    In the last lesson, we learned the 10 Steps to Improving Emergency Service Driving Safety. This lesson takes the project one step further in understanding the keys to reducing motor vehicle crashes.

    Article • November 24th, 2009