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NFPA 1901: Estimated In-Service Weight

By Bill Adams This is a follow-up to my February 2016 posting titled “NFPA 1901 and Certifications.” As previously mentioned, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, requires the submission of a multitude of certifications and ...

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Mounting in the Fire Apparatus Cab

By Ricky Riley I recently did a Webcast with Senior Editor Chris Mc Loone concerning seating configurations in an apparatus cab. We talk a lot about the equipment that fire departments mount in apparatus cabs. The equipment that is allowed ...

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The Rig: Using Dead Space

By Ricky Riley This month I’m taking a look at the area behind the crew cab doors on a number of fire apparatus. For some time, this space has gone unused, thus being wasted space on your apparatus. More recently, ...

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The Rig: More on Fire Apparatus Dimensions

By Bill Adams Specific dimensional requirements in fire apparatus purchasing specifications can be construed as operational or proprietary. I believe operational dimensions are essential and justifiable. Specifying the maximum overall height, width, and length of a new rig is a ...

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The Rig: It’s All About the Water

By Ricky Riley “The engine companies, or hose carriers as they are sometimes called, are manned by firemen whose chief responsibility is to get water on the fire.” This is a quote from a film called “Your Fire Department” that ...

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Fire Truck Compartment Dimensions

By Bill Adams Many fire apparatus manufacturers have single-sheet pieces of advertising literature with a rig’s photo on the front and hard-to-read blueprints on the back showing four or five views of the apparatus. Look very closely because the prints ...

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