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New Technology Breaks Through the Noise and the Silence

The Banshee™ amplifier system from Code 3, Inc., is a new approach to providing additional siren output, additional and unique siren tones, a true sounding electronic air horn, and multiple different low-frequency tones all in one small box.

The Rig: Driving and Operating

Rather than repeat oft published and politically correct do’s and don’ts of driving fire trucks and the regulatory standards to be followed, I’ll relay some basic lessons taught when I started driving.

The Heart of the Fire Pump: the Impeller

If the heart of the fire truck is the fire pump, then the heart of the fire pump is the impeller.

The Smart Fire Apparatus, Part 2

There are two primary reasons why apparatus are out of service for long periods of time: one is parts, and the other is diagnosing technological problems, both of which are compounded by proprietaries.

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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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