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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.

The Smart Fire Apparatus, Part 1

When I am soliciting bids for new pumpers, I am not buying one or two units. To support a county covering 2,300 square miles with four million residents, 170 fire stations and a 20-year apparatus replacement cycle, I am buying a dozen pumpers at a time and have to be cost-conscious and accountable to the taxpayer.

The Pump Body: the Unsung Hero

It is the body of the pump that allows the fire pump to supply continuous water flow.

Extend the Life of Your Pump with Tips from the Pros

This article covers the Waterous recommendation along with several other pros and cons related to running the pump dry or wet in cold weather environments.

Training Guides

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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