Apparatus Architect Articles

The Apparatus Architect: Fleet Services Management

Merriam-Webster defines experience as “practical knowledge, skill or practice derived from direct observation or participation in events or particular activity.” Many aspects of firefighting rely on both experience and training to permit personnel to operate safely with confidence during emergency incidents. Experience can be gained in many fashions. This includes reaching out to subject matter...
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Engine Company Apparatus Design Considerations: The Pump Panel

There are numerous questions to answer when setting out to develop baseline requirements for a new engine. There might be a wide range of interests in what personnel believe is important from an operational perspective. For example, a driver might focus on interior dash panel layout and windshield visibility; the officer will have concerns about...
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The Apparatus Architect: Innovations and Trends—How Clean Is Your Apparatus?

Because of the pandemic, the past year has created unusual conditions, which have caused fire departments to adjust and adapt response procedures. Renewed emphasis was placed on cleaning, including personnel hygiene, vehicle decontamination and limiting the number of personnel who could be exposed at incident scenes. Furthermore, not since the turbulent 1960s have departments needed...
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The Apparatus Architect: Apparatus Design & Ground Ladders

Over the years, fire departments long have recognized the importance of carrying portable ground ladders on their apparatus. Engine company units typically have been equipped with a minimum of three ladders, including a 24-foot extension, a 14-foot roof and a 10-foot folding ladder. Back in the day, communities that didn’t require an aerial device would...
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The Apparatus Architect: New Apparatus Purchasing—Five Mistakes to Avoid

We always have emphasized the importance of defining the mission of an apparatus prior to the development of specifications and to apparatus committee meetings with manufacturer representatives. Beyond the importance of being able to justify the financial expense, we must ensure that, when the final product is placed into service, it meets the operational needs...
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