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Apparatus Architect Articles
02
Jan

The Apparatus Architect: Outfitting & Equipping Your Aerial Apparatus

Today, fire departments have a wide assortment of aerial apparatus from which to choose to protect their communities. These include rear-mount aerial ladders, mid-mount and rear-mount tower ladders and tractor-drawn aerials as well as a number of articulating platforms. Each of these aerial devices requires a specific chassis configuration to permit the aerial or tower...
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02
Sep

APPARATUS ARCHITECT – IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Many fire departments are relying upon multi-purpose units to provide service delivery in their response areas. The results have been that many 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 the body...
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23
Mar

The Apparatus Architect: Success Story Showcase

https://www.firehouse.com/apparatus/components/article/21044633/the-apparatus-architect-success-story-showcase-firehouse-magazine Over the years, we have been fortunate to visit many fire stations across the country. Meeting with personnel from departments of all sizes to exchange ideas and gain information on their operations has been one of the highlights of our travels. No matter the title—chauffer, driver, engineer or technician—the folks responsible for the safe...
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30
Mar

Apparatus Architect: Ground Ladders: Saving Our Own

During the past decade, there has been an increased emphasis on firefighter health and safety. This is probably most evident with the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation’s 16 Life Safety Initiatives (LSIs). Having a cross-section of subject-matter experts from across the country working together to reduce the number of injuries and line-of-duty deaths in the fire...
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19
Dec

Ferrara Builds Compact, Streamlined Pumpers for the San Francisco (CA) Fire Department

Ferrara Fire Apparatus recently delivered eight compact, streamlined pumpers to the San Francisco (CA) Fire Department that allow the department to better negotiate congested streets, and handle the city’s hilly terrain. Anthony Rivera, assistant deputy chief of the San Francisco Fire Department, says, “Our rigs are unique in terms of needing extra horsepower and torque...
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