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L-Tank Weight Considerations

By Bill Adams Pundits and commentators expound on the firematic benefits of using L-shaped booster tanks on pumpers. Apparatus manufacturers (OEMs) promote rigs with “New York City style” low hosebeds. (See Apparatus Purchasing: FDNY-Style Hosebeds, http://www.fireapparatusmagazine.com/articles/print/volume-22/issue-9/features/apparatus-purchasing-fdny-style-hosebeds.html.) No side is taken ...

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Tribute Graphics on Fire Apparatus

  In recent years, graphics on fire apparatus have evolved to include tributes. From the ubiquitous “We will never forget” to simple initials to remember an particularly active or skilled fire apparatus operator, one place where departments can get ideas ...

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The Complete Valor Experience

In the fire industry, seconds can make a difference when it comes to saving lives. With the focus on efficient seat design for firefighters, Valor First Responder Seating recognized the importance to have the quickest ingress and egress possible while ...

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Rig Logos At FDIC International 2019

FDIC International is a great place to see what departments across the country are building into their new rigs. It gives attendees a sampling from manufacturers located across the country, and most attendees will walk away with ideas to bring ...

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Turning Radius and Tapered Bumpers

By Bill Adams All the purchasing specification said was, “The bumper shall be 95 inches wide with 45-degree corners and side plates.” Unless the reader is the preferred dealer who wrote the document, that statement has little to no intrinsic ...

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Town Clips the Purchasing Committee

By Bill Adams Many fire departments enjoy little to no oversight by political subdivisions that provide taxpayer financing for their apparatus purchases. In particular, volunteer entities often purchase what they want from who they want without political recourse or fiscal ...

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Down to the Last Stitch

Material and cover design are the first things you see when you inspect a Valor First Responder Seating product and Valor aims to provide best in class upholstery with a strong design focus from concept to execution, making sure your ...

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