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17
Aug

The Apparatus Architect Part 51 Determining Your Equipment and Compartment Requirements

Over the years most pieces of fire apparatus regardless of type have become larger in size.  Basic dimensions such as overall length, overall height and the in service weights of units have become so large that in some instances the physical size of the vehicle has made it difficult to work from with some tools...
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17
May

The Apparatus Architect-Part 50 Designing Safety into Your Apparatus

The Apparatus Architect series first appeared in the August, 2000 edition of Firehouse Magazine with the ambition that the material presented would “enhance a fire department’s ability to obtain properly designed and functional apparatus”.  Some ten years later we still find ourselves engaged with providing practical information and examples of well designed apparatus that can...
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17
Mar

GOOD NEWS LINE OF DUTY DEATHS ARE DOWN F.D.N.Y. PILOTS NEW RESPONSE POLICY

As you may recall this time last year we were touting the fact that firefighter line of duty deaths had plummeted to their lowest levels in years.  We also said that although this news was encouraging one year a trend does not make.  Well for the second time in as many years the firefighter line...
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21
Jan

The Apparatus Architect-Part 49 New Apparatus Success Stories

In the last installment of The Apparatus Architect we reviewed some concepts for maneuvering through the bid procurement process to insure that your department and community will receive competitive bids for your next piece of apparatus. Much of the groundwork that is established early on with your committee will pay off dividends in the end...
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17
Jan

WINTER DRIVING TIPS

For some reading this winter may just have begun for others you may be well into winter.  For new and seasoned apparatus operators this can be a very challenging time to say the least.  But a couple of questions come to mind “What has your fire department done to prepare new apparatus operators for winter...
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