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The Rig: Specifying the Perfect Pumper

This commentary is a blatant and biased presentation of what I would specify in a new pumper purchase. They’re my personal preferences—features I’d want if I were still riding the load. I show no concern for cost, partiality for manufacturer, or fear for whether any regulatory standard is met. I don’t care; it’s my rig and this is how I would specify it.

Designing and Building Rescue Trucks

Because of the intense nature of the tasks faced by rescue vehicles, the design and build of them must be very carefully thought out.

Principles of Pump Operation

The document goes through multistage pumps, signs of cavitation, overhearing, volume and pressure operation, inspection tests, and more, including troubleshooting tips.

Driving and Operating with a Sense of Humor

As a young engineer, I unfortunately developed a reputation for killing fire trucks.

Training Guides

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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