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Low Hosebed Options

Fire Apparatus Designs Incorporating Low Hosebeds

Hosebeds: the Lower the Better

Low hosebed construction brings many advantages to firefighters tasked with attack line deployment. But as we should all be aware, there are tradeoffs for modifying the tank and redistributing the water weight to a different part of the vehicle.

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FDIC International 2015 Pump Panels

2015 FDIC International Pump Panel Observations

At FDIC International 2015, several features on pump panels caught my attention that are worth passing on.

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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 tr...

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 mu...

Anatomy of a Fire Pump

Understanding the anatomy of a fire pump can be a key to maintaining a long-lasting, strong-running pump for many years. This article will discuss ...

Wireless Headsets Permeate All Areas of Response

Firefighters have enjoyed wireless connectivity through their desktop computers, laptops, smart phones, and notepads for a while. Now they are usin...

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