Cutting Made Easy

In just about every extrication there are steps we take that are commonplace.  Cutting the windshield out of a car is one of those steps that are pretty common to most extrications.  Cutting the wind... Read More...


Pet Oxygen Kit Project

The Pet Oxygen Kit Project, Inc. is an educational and public safety effort of local volunteers, individually and collectively, who are dedicated to providing pet oxygen kits to equip every fire truc... Read More...

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What Are You Going to Do With That Old Ambulance?

It has come time to retire the oldest member of your fleet, and the decision has been made that rather than remounting the module, a total replacement vehicle will be ordered — the subject of remount... Read More...

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The Worst Cuss Word of All Time

All of us teach our children that certain words are bad. There are those commonly heard on “R” rated movies. Others are learned from older siblings or, ahem, parents. Yet, to me, one of the nastiest ... Read More...

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High tech washing for high tech turnout gear?

As an equipment supplier, we have seen the awareness among firefighters about NFPA Standards related to the care of turnout gear grow in recent years. Caring for turnout gear has much to do with keep... Read More...


Developing YOUR maintenance program

Developing a maintenance program for your department is one of the most important tasks that need to be performed, as well as adjusted to your department’s ever changing response needs. First let’s l... Read More...


HEAVY vehicle rescue

Well, as you read this column the holidays will be over. I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s and got to spend time with family and friends. Our families are the ba... Read More...


Hazmat response safety: Safety first, last and always

While pondering the thought of which hazmat topic to place next on our discussion agenda, the thought suddenly occurred that I had been remiss in the fact that we had not directly discussed the topic... Read More...

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How important is maintenance and testing of apparatus and equipment?

This article will begin a series on the importance of testing apparatus and equipment to the various NFPA Standards. This article will cover some of NFPA 1911 and the ones to follow will discuss the ... Read More...

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Fire and Rescue Equipment: Make smart purchases to fit your budgets

As we move into the second half of the year, we can only look back at things that have happened and look forward to things that will. As our budgets get tighter, we have to look closer at our needs a... Read More...

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Returning to the Foundations: fire alarm systems

Fire alarm systems have become commonplace responses in today’s fire service. Between carbon monoxide alarms, general fire alarm activations, smoke detectors, other detection devices and pull station... Read More...

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Your final inspection

(This is the final installment of a four-part issue on writing specifications for your fire truck.) We have reviewed everything up to the final inspection. Your yearlong process is almost over a... Read More...

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Economics should not dictate safety of your equipment

Well we may want to start calling this section my bitch session or soap box because this is where I vent about all the stupid CRAP that I run across on a weekly basis. I touched on this in my last ar... Read More...

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Atlantic Emergency Solutions is new Pierce apparatus dealer in North Carolina

APPLETON, Wis. (August 9, 2012) – Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, today announced that Atlantic Emergency Solutions is the new Pierce apparatus dealer for North Caro... Read More...

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KME Appoints Safe Industries for the Carolinas

Nesquehoning, PA – KME is pleased to announce the addition of Safe Industries ( to the KME sales representative network. Safe Industries’ home office is located in Piedmont, SC,... Read More...

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