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Apparatus Architect Articles
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Dec

The Apparatus Architect Part 53 Cab Design and Seating Arrangements-New Innovative Designs

In the last installment of the Apparatus Architect we reviewed some history regarding fire truck cab design and the impact of staffing on seating positions and arrangements.  Over the years with the advent of four door cab apparatus, more seating and equipment storage options have been developed by the manufactures to address the needs of...
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17
Nov

The Apparatus Architect Part 52 Cab Design and Seating Arrangements-Where Have We Been and Where We Are Going

Fire departments are constantly being challenged to do more with less, particularly with respect to the financial resources required to provide for adequate staffing and training of our personnel.  Capital projects for new fire stations and apparatus have often been put off year after year due to the current state of the economy and local...
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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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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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