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More on Low Hosebeds

By Ricky Riley I believe it should go without saying that I am a huge proponent of low hosebeds, regardless of tank size or apparatus design. Low hosebeds assist in attack line deployment and help reduce firefighter injuries. But, departments ...

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Santa Barbara (CA) Fire Department Pumper

“We have very diverse terrain in Santa Barbara and we respond to equally diverse emergencies. With KME we can optimize every compartment so we can keep out tools organized and systematically packed, so we always have everything we need.” Mike ...

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Unruly Apparatus Purchasing Committees

  By Bill Adams A career in fire apparatus sales is not complete until you’ve bumped heads with a bull-headed, know-it-all, don’t-question-my-authority apparatus purchasing committee (APC) member or fire chief. Its immaterial if the chief and committee is volunteer or ...

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The Rig: Pump Panel Options

The Rig: Pump Panel Options By: Ricky Riley I really have not given much thought to pump panel options in my years of apparatus specification writing. I usually took what the manufacturer had given me, and it always seemed to ...

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More on Ineffective Truck Committees

By Bill Adams The first segment about ineffective apparatus purchasing committees (APCs) described one fictional fire district as an authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) that served as its own purchasing committee. The article ended with the comment that an unfettered APC ...

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