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Sutphen Delivers Aerial Ladder Quint, Custom Pumper to Eden (NC) Fire Department

By Alan M. Petrillo The Eden (NC) Fire Department needed to replace an early-1990s aerial platform because the department couldn’t get maintenance parts for it anymore, so it turned to Sutphen Corp. because Eden was very happy with the aerial ...

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FDIC International 2021: Access Steps and Handrails

By Bill Adams After a year’s hiatus, the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, IN, had numerous apparatus on display from multiple vendors. In addition to unveiling new products and apparatus designs, most rigs were equipped with traditional accoutrements ...

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Darley EM Pump Continues to Hold Its Own in Major Metro Fire Departments

By Jason S. Darley In 2013, a trend of many major metropolitan fire departments making the switch to Darley pumps began with the Charlotte (NC) Fire Department committing to move to a Darley EM 2000 pump. Many other departments, including ...

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Sutphen Builds Identical Pumpers for Two North Greenbush (NY) Fire District No. 1 Departments

By Alan M. Petrillo North Greenbush (NY) Fire District No. 1 is comprised of two departments—Defreestville Fire Department and Wynantskill Fire Department—that cover the town of North Greenbush in Rensselaer County, encompassing almost 19 square miles with a population of ...

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NFPA-Mandated Flash Rates: Fast, Slow, or Not at All?

By Bill Adams This article is not an accusation that the writers of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 1901 Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus purposely promulgate requirements that are conflicting, divergent, or confusing. They just appear to be. Perhaps ...

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Darley PSM Pump Surging in Popularity

By Jason S. Darley The Darley PSM 1500 Pump has continued to surge in popularity with many fire departments. Both the Detroit (MI) Fire Department and Boston (MA) Fire Department have been featured in recent Darley “We Switched” advertising campaigns ...

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NFPA-Mandated LED Lightbars: Fact or Fallacy?

By Bill Adams A fact is a verifiable truth; fiction is not. A politically correct way of dodging the truth is to call a statement a fallacy. A fallacy can be defined as a misconception, a myth, sometimes a mistake, ...

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Grab Handle Negligence?

By Bill Adams In the early 1980s, a New England firefighter fell off a rig and eventually died from his injuries. His family successfully sued the fire apparatus manufacturer that built the apparatus. It was a custom pumper with an ...

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Tallman (NY) 2020 Pierce Ascendant 100-Foot Heavy Duty Aerial Tower

By Mike Ciampo The Tallman Volunteer Fire Department is located in Rockland County, NY, a suburb of New York City. The fire district is situated in the Town of Ramapo and the firehouse is located on Route 59 in Tallman, ...

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