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We have been dealing with rusting, corrosion, and deterioration of metals on our fire apparatus due to what we believe and know to be road salts and ice/snow road chemical treatments. What can be do... Read More...

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I am fairly new to the EVT vocation, but have over 30 years of experience in the automotive repair field. While pump testing recently, I noted that the pump would not come to pressure. Read More...

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Are there any new NFPA 1901 changes that are being discussed?  The answer is to go to the NFPA site, and go to the section that addresses the input from the general population. What is t... Read More...

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What is the purpose of getting weight tickets signed annually? Too many apparatus are overloaded as stipulated by the physical components of the apparatus or by local, state, or Federal weight law... Read More...

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Ask Ernie - Winter 2015

What is the biggest and/or tallest aerial apparatus produced for the fire service in the United States? I think that that claim may go to E-One with their Heavy Duty CR-137. It reaches 13 stor... Read More...

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ASK ERNIE - Fall 2014 ”The Apparatus Maintenance Expert”

What does DEF stand for and what does it do? DEF is the designator for “Diesel Exhaust Fluid” and is a chemical synthetic of a refined form of pig urine, which was originally used for testing ... Read More...

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What are some common air leaks that occur on fire apparatus? First off, let’s discuss a little about why we have a leak. Many of the issue of air leaks can be traced back to poor or lack of air... Read More...

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Before we start this edition of “Ask Ernie” please allow me to expand on an earlier question regarding changing apparatus from incandescent or strobe to LED lighting. A caution: If you operate in ver... Read More...

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What is the difference between a Waterous pump and a Hale pump? Differences between the three major pump manufacturers, Hale, Waterous and Darley, are the proprietary means by which they move wat... Read More...

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What is regeneration? (Part one in the regeneration series) First, you need to know what requires regeneration. Let’s start with the knowledge that EPA mandated a change in 2007 that set newer... Read More...

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Explain the new changes to NFPA 1962 for hose testing that will impact fire departments. I will defer to John Carbo, FF/EMT for the Thorndale FD, PA. He has reviewed the NFPA 1962 and written an... Read More...

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What was the new EPA ruling with emergency apparatus for emmision systems? The Federal EPA, at the request of FAMA and emergency services agencies across North America, have listened to the comp... Read More...

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ASK ERNIE Fall 2012 ”The Apparatus Maintenance Expert”

Why are some fire trucks not red? Fire apparatus can be any color of the rainbow. The decision usually revolves around local historical values. For example, a pumper in Coalville might be expect... Read More...

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ASK ERNIE Summer 2012 The Apparatus Maintenance Expert

What is the correct pump testing procedure for my annual pump test? Test procedures can be found in chapter 18 of the “NFPA 1911, 2012 Edition.” This includes conditions of the test site, enviro... Read More...

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What is the required in service testing for engines in service for yearly certifications? You must perform an annual safety inspection of the chassis. You must perform annual inspections of the ... Read More...

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Issue 31.4 | Spring 2017

Keeping First Responders Safe
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