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LAFD Engine 49 Working at arecent Los Angeles (CA) wharf fire

LAFD Major Emergency Wharf Fire

The cause of the fire is considered accidental, attributed to a welder's torch.

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ARFF Vehicles: Shedding Some Light on LEDs

One of the biggest benefits of LEDs for ARFF crews, and which is often overlooked, is the color spectrum of light they put out. LED light output is whiter and closer to daylight compared with other light sources.

Should The Future Be Influenced from the Back Step?

I believe somewhere between the engineer’s drawing board and backing a new rig into the barn, the back-step crew has been omitted from the decision making process—most of the time, but not all the time.

Stronger and Continuing to Move Forward

As we reflect today on September 11, 2001, and what it meant to America, let us also reflect on how we are stronger as a country and as the fire service today as a result.

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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 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...

Evaluating Foam Systems

This article discusses technical and functional details about foam proportioners to help fire departments determine the best choice for their opera...

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