Rescue Pumper or Heavy Rescue? How to Decide Which Is Best for You

Rescue Pumper or Heavy Rescue? How to Decide Which Is Best for You

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While rescue pumpers have become very popular in the Fire & Emergency industry, many departments are questioning whether this is the best choice for them or if a heavy rescue is a better fit. There are pros and cons, of course, to each, so taking time to think through how each aligns with your department’s needs is critical before making an investment in either direction. Here are a few things to consider when identifying the best vehicle for your fleet:

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Low Hosebed Fire Apparatus — Ideas, Options, and Considerations

Low Hosebed Fire Apparatus — Ideas, Options, and Considerations

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The last time we talked about hosebeds, we explained how we design our apparatus to overcome the problems associated with high hosebeds. To make things easier for firefighters, we use ergonomic ladders, built-in steps, walkways, and other features to make high hosebeds safer and more accessible.

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Choosing the Best Lighting Options for Your Fire Apparatus

Choosing the Best Lighting Options for Your Fire Apparatus

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Before most departments even start talking with an apparatus manufacturer or budgeting their new truck, there are often several features and specifications that are considered “must-haves” for the new rig. Rural departments interested in buying a new Tanker, for example, might know that a 3,500-gallon tank is the minimum required size to meet their operating needs for their area.

That being said, when it comes to the different lighting options for today’s apparatus, many departments are happy to just settle for whatever meets the NFPA 1901 minimum without exploring other options. This is because it can be difficult to understand all the capacities and options available, as well as understanding the NFPA standard.

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6 Things to Keep in Mind When Specifying Your Next Rural Apparatus

6 Things to Keep in Mind When Specifying Your Next Rural Apparatus

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While there are many notable differences between urban and rural fire departments, one of the most significant is the resources required. Take the availability of fire hydrants, for example. When a department is responding in rural environments outside the support area of hydrants, their tactics change drastically without having a reliable water source.

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12 Paint & Chrome Maintenance Tips for  Maximizing Apparatus Health and Appearance

12 Paint & Chrome Maintenance Tips for Maximizing Apparatus Health and Appearance

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Have you ever thought about why firefighters pay so much attention to cleaning and polishing their trucks? Apart from making sure they look good, have you ever wondered why they have to do so often? In reality, it’s about much more than just making the truck look shiny and new.

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Fire Apparatus Front Bumper Configurations — Ideas and Options

Fire Apparatus Front Bumper Configurations — Ideas and Options

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With today’s fire departments looking for more storage space on their apparatus, front bumper extensions are becoming common on all apparatus types. Whether it’s a Rescue, a Pumper, a Rescue Pumper, or even an Aerial, front bumpers can be mounted on just about any apparatus these days, and they do much more than simply provide a place for your siren.

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10 Tips for Laying Out a Walk-Around Rescue

10 Tips for Laying Out a Walk-Around Rescue

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Though walk-in Rescues have long been the preferred style by many fire departments, fire apparatus manufacturers have seen an increase in walk-around Rescue orders over the past several years. As fire departments are being asked to respond to more unique and specific emergencies that require more equipment than just for structural firefighting, they need vehicles that can carry this extra gear, and walk-around Rescues provide significantly more compartment storage space than walk-ins.

A new walk-around Rescue is a great opportunity to firm up your mission plan and have your tools combat-ready. To help you do just that, here are a few tricks, tips, and things to think about when laying out your next walk-around rescue.

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