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Interpreting Load Charts

All aerial devices, per NFPA code, include a Load Limit Indicator, commonly referred to as a “Load Chart.”  This chart is required to be on all aerial devices in clear view of the operator, and must show the recommended safe ...

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Weighing In on Apparatus GVWs

When buying new apparatus, don’t let weight become a final inspection headache.  Thinking beyond the numbers on the doorplate helps build a truck that will meet performance, operability and safety needs, from the fire station to the fire ground – ...

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Ten Apparatus Purchasing Mistakes

The acquisition of new fire apparatus can be a daunting task for fire departments and is loaded with opportunities for missteps. Decision makers must consider changing regulations, new technologies, training challenges, maintenance costs, finance options, supplier viability, political ramifications and ...

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