Emergency Vehicles & Operations Web Exclusives

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

    The Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base is located in Northern San Diego County with more than 17 miles of shoreline along the Pacific Ocean. The base was formed in April of 1942 on land that was founded originally by Spaniards who desired to establish...

    Article • April 2nd, 2011

  • Wildland Vehicles Debut at Firehouse World

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Apparatus at Firehouse World went wild this year – wildland fire that is, with five major apparatus manufacturers debuting urban interface vehicles or straight up Type III wildland vehicles.Coverage of Firehouse World  2011Showing...

    Article • March 3rd, 2011

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: A Slew of Vehicles Protect Maui County

    In the last installment of our “Innovative Rigs on the Street” column we visited the island of Maui and the Maui County Department of Fire and Safety. The department operates with 14 engine companies, two ladder companies and a host of specialized...

    Article • February 5th, 2011

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Maui’s Engine 3 and Tanker 3 Protect Tourist Venues

    In previous "Innovative Rigs on the Street" columns, we have visited departments located in California, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. For our next several installments, I traveled a little farther to the west, some 4,650 miles to the...

    Article • January 4th, 2011

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Syracuse’s New Pumpers

    The American Fire Service has often been described as “100 Years of Tradition Unimpeded by Progress.” Unfortunately, in many fire departments this statement is entirely true. Whether talking about administrative regulations, fireground operations or...

    Article • December 4th, 2010

  • New Technology, Standards Turning Apparatus Green

    To meet the 2010 standards, engine manufacturers have developed complex systems that convert toxic pollutants into essentially harmless components.

    Article • November 15th, 2010

  • Urea and Water Help Keep Emergency Vehicle Exhaust Clean

    To meet stringent new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission requirements for 2010, most engine manufacturers were required to employ some new technology. Most selected after treatment which includes the use of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) which...

    Article • November 15th, 2010

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Owings Mills’ All-Hazard Engine

    With this edition of our “Innovative Rigs on the Street” series we have completed our first year of traveling around the country to review and discuss some well-designed apparatus serving in all sizes of communities. Over the years, the appearance...

    Article • November 4th, 2010

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Monroe’s ‘Concept’ Pumper

    During the 1940s, several manufacturers recognized that when World War II ended, there would be an unprecedented need for new fire apparatus in most communities. As most industrial capacity was focused on supplying armaments and supplies for the war...

    Article • October 11th, 2010

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Sperryville’s Attack Unit

    One of the major tenants of our “Innovative Rigs on the Street” series is that while the apparatus can come in all shapes, sizes and models, the end result is that new apparatus fully meets the needs of the fire department and the community. With...

    Article • September 3rd, 2010

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: North Bailey's Commercial Pumper

    For many years fire apparatus were traditionally built on commercial chassis as they were readily available and could easily be adapted for different fire service applications. During World War II, with all manufacturing efforts designated to provide...

    Article • August 10th, 2010

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Bowmansville’s Aerial Tower

    Innovative rigs can come in all shapes and sizes and often with very different intended purposes for which they were acquired. In our Innovative Rigs on the Street series so far we have reviewed three pumpers, one CAFS equipped pumper, a tractor drawn...

    Article • July 4th, 2010

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Friendship's Attack Engine

    So far in our Innovative Rigs on the Street series we have visited locations in California, Maryland and Pennsylvania to identify innovative pieces of apparatus that have been well designed to serve their respective communities.

    Article • June 11th, 2010

  • Apparatus Roundup: New Technologies and Designs Unveiled at FDIC 2010

    With only about six weeks between the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis and the Interschutz international show in Leipzig, Germany, which is arguably the largest fire show in the world, some manufacturers were saving their...

    Article • June 3rd, 2010

  • Innovative Rigs on the Street: Citizens' First-Out Engine

    The Citizens Fire Company #1 in Lebanon County, PA, operates from a single fire station located in the Borough of Palmyra. The station is located at 21 North College St. and is under the command of Chief Dave Dugan. Company 1 protects approximately...

    Article • May 7th, 2010