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Apparatus Architect Articles
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Dec

Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Vehicles

The history of Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles can be traced back to 1937 when Chief J.K. Schmidt demonstrated a high pressure fog appliance at Elgin Air Force Base in Florida under the auspices of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. Chief Schmidt modified a Peter Pirsch 750 gpm pumper replacing the hose bed...
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11
Jun

FINALLY A REAL GAME CHANGER

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturing sector has been in the doldrums since the mandated EPA engine and emission changes in 2007 and the national economy tanking starting in 2008.   For decades the market share for the fire apparatus industry was about 5500 fire apparatus produced and sold each year and that number did not vacillate only...
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11
Jun

Firehouse Apparatus Supplement June 2015 Front Bumper Protection Tom W. Shand

Early custom cab apparatus were equipped with chrome plated steel bumpers that afforded little protection for the cab or the crew. Front bumper extensions were limited to about sixteen inches which provided room for front suction piping and a center mounted hose well. Beginning around the late 1960’s several progressive departments began to specify a...
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11
Jun

Firehouse Apparatus Supplement June 2015 How to Limit Rust and Corrosion on your Apparatus Tom W. Shand

Since the decade of the 1970’s fire apparatus manufacturers have sought ways to minimize rust and corrosion on custom cabs and bodies. Aluminum and stainless steel body construction have reduced the visible corrosion however areas of the vehicle are still subject to damage from road salts and chemicals. Today it is rare to look at...
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11
Jun

What Size Vehicle is Right for your Department? Tom W. Shand-Firehouse Supplement June 2015

Fire apparatus has evolved to a point where in some instances we are operating with vehicles that are pushing the legal weight limits imposed for interstate highways. Vehicle dimensions such as overall length and height of units have become so large that in some instances the physical size of the vehicle has made it difficult...
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