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    Apparatus

    Apparatus Showcase

    Nov. 5, 2012
    ALEXIS The Saunemin, IL, Fire Protection District operates an Alexis custom pumper/tanker built on an HME 1871 MFDxL chassis powered by a 360-hp Cummins ISC engine with an Allison...
    Photo by Dennis Walus
    OCT. 12: DETROIT, MI – Companies from the 9th Battalion responded to a vacant apartment building. This fire was brought under control using two lines in 30 minutes.
    Operations & Training

    Fire Wire 11/12

    Nov. 1, 2012
    SEPT. 1: GREENBELT, MD – Two firefighters were injured when apparatus responding to a possible house fire collided with a vehicle. The possible house fire turned out to be a malfunction...
    Apparatus

    Industry News 11/12

    Nov. 1, 2012
    KME and sales representative Bulldog Fire Apparatus have been awarded an order for three 109-foot AerialCat rear-mount ladders by the Boston, MA, Fire Department. The aerials ...
    Photo courtesy of Stacy Lucht and Bill Johnson
    A photo taken from a video shows side C of the fire building prior to the fire department's arrival. The outside deck area is on fire and flames are spreading to a car and the interior of the building through first-floor windows.
    Educational Materials

    Close Calls: Multiple Challenges –Then a Firefighter Trapped

    Nov. 1, 2012
    “One civilian fatality, seven firefighters injured, Mayday and the rescue of a lost, unconscious firefighter, complete building loss...” Firefighters in Oconomowoc, WI, are breathing...
    Photo courtesy of W.S. Darley & Co.
    Darley is seeing requests for more pumper/tankers, such as this apparatus featuring a large pump with a top-mount control, a light tower, lots of compartments and plenty of water.
    Apparatus

    Apparatus Roundtable: Manufacturers Roundtable

    Nov. 1, 2012
    It should be no surprise the soft economy is affecting the fire apparatus market. Manufacturers say fire departments are looking for apparatus that can do more with less, lower...

    More content from November 2012

    Photos courtesy of OnStar
    With 400 emergency calls being received each day on average, the OnStar Emergency Services Advisors are kept busy at their three North American communications centers.
    Vehicle Extrication

    University of Extrication: Vehicle Telematics Systems – Part 1

    Nov. 1, 2012
    SUBJECT: Vehicle Telematics SystemsTOPIC: OnStar – Part 1OBJECTIVE: Responders will become familiar how the GM OnStar vehicle telematics communications system is designed and ...
    Photos by Jim Pharr/EKU
    Series of photos depicts a backdraft in a one-half-scale model compartment burn at Eastern Kentucky University.
    Careers & Education

    Higher Education: Backdraft Modeling Fires College Student Research, Debunks Popular Myths

    Nov. 1, 2012
    Greg Gorbett spends unmeasured hours building scale-model rooms, complete with furniture and fixtures. He then judiciously stacks wood cribbing inside and burns his creations....
    Photos courtesy of Columbus Department of Fire and EMS
    Columbus Engine 6 is positioned near the Alpha/Delta corner of Mill 2, in the background.
    Educational Materials

    On The Job Georgia: Three-Alarm Fire Destroys Historic Columbus Mill

    Nov. 1, 2012
    On Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, a three-alarm fire destroyed the historic Swift Textile Manufacturing Co. mill in downtown Columbus, GA. Despite challenges involving water supplies...
    Barry Furey 10814199
    Mapping & Pre-Fire Planning

    Five Communications Drills That Could Save Your Life

    Nov. 1, 2012
    From maydays to channel usage, Barry Furey details five training ideas fire crews can use to better understand their radios.
    Safety & Health

    Rekindles 11/12

    Nov. 1, 2012
    KNOX CITY, TX: NOV. 1, 1912 – Just after midnight, a fire started in a frame building where oil was stored. The flames rapidly spread to three small frame buildings that quickly...
    Force 6 10812988
    Rescue

    Product Showcase 11/12

    Nov. 1, 2012
    Force 6FORCE 6 Swift Water RescueTec PFD (personal floatation device) is a UL-listed and United States Coast Guard-approved Type 5 Professional Swiftwater Rescue PFD. The RescueTec...
    Brad Harvey 1107 10812967
    Operations & Training

    Thermal Imaging: Thermal Imagers Key In Search and Rescue

    Nov. 1, 2012
    I’ll never forget that morning. It was a cold day in February. As I drove to the fire station to report for duty, I smelled it – that unmistakable smell of a structure fire. It...
    James M Simpson 10812845
    Leadership

    For the Record 11/12

    Nov. 1, 2012
    Marion Body Works President Dies in CrashJames M. Simpson, 51, the president and chief executive officer of Marion Body Works, was killed in a motor vehicle crash on Oct. 4.Simpson...
    Deltona firefighters wore pink uniform t-shirts while on duty for the entire month of October.
    Pumper

    Scuttlebutt 11/12

    Nov. 1, 2012
    Proud to Wear PinkThe Deltona, FL, Fire Department joined fire departments throughout the country in the “Proud to Wear Pink” campaign to show support and bring awareness to breast...
    Photo courtesy Todd B. Bane
    A single-engine aircraft crashed in an upstate New York farm field.
    Rescue

    Aircraft Rescue and Structural Fire Departments

    Nov. 1, 2012
    On a cold February night, a passenger plane crashed into a Buffalo, NY, neighborhood killing all 49 on board and one person on the ground. In another case, a single engine Mooney...
    Photos by Tom Shand
    The Allentown Road Volunteer Fire Department in Fort Washington, MD, operates this Spartan/Crimson pumper with a low-hosebed design to permit rapid and safe advancement of attack lines. Note the smooth-bore nozzles on both the two- and 2½-inch lines.
    Equipment Mounting & Reels

    The Apparatus Architect: Matching Your Apparatus to Your Needs

    Nov. 1, 2012
    Tom Shand and Mike Wilbur explain why you must match the apparatus specifications to meet the needs of the response area.
    Gary Ludwig 10797772
    EMS

    EMS: NFPA 1917 Released

    Nov. 1, 2012
    I challenge you to finish reading this column, and then turn to your computer, go to Google’s search engine, click on the tab at the top that says, “News” and do a search using...
    Dennis Compton 10797761
    Leadership

    Fire Politics: The "Fiscal Cliff" And the Fire Service

    Nov. 1, 2012
    Those who follow national news at all have heard about the looming “fiscal cliff.” Without some action soon on the part of Congress, it is widely projected that the economy could...
    RAM AIR GEAR DRYER boot-drying accessory
    Stationwear

    New Products 11/12

    Nov. 1, 2012
    Boot-Drying AccessoryRAM AIR GEAR DRYER has introduced a boot-drying accessory for its 4-IHT model. The boot dryer fits into one of the four drying ports and can dry eight boots...