Apparatus

Types of Fire Engines and How to Distinguish The Differences Between Them

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Fire engines have advanced throughout the last four centuries to help protect the land and citizens of this nation.  The first fire engines were human propelled water pumps with no room for personnel. Around the end of the 1800s, the threat of fire within densely populated areas brought about paid firefighters equipped with horses to pull the early apparatus.  The modern day fire engine emerged in the 1960s armed with water pumps, a reservoir, and enclosed seats for the crew.  As the threats of fire began to change, so did the specialization of the fire engine on scene. In its most basic form, fire engines are equipped with hoses, water, equipment, and personnel that can aggressively fight the fire.  Let’s take a look at how the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus classifies the vehicles by type and function.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Purchasing Your Next Fire Apparatus in 2018

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Purchasing a fire apparatus today can be a complex process of determining your department’s needs, meeting with manufacturers’ representatives, specification development, and securing adequate financial support from your community’s purchasing authority.  To complete the mission of your fire department effectively, the fire crew under your authority must have dependable fire apparatus that are replaced on a maximum lifespan basis. When the purchase price for a customized fire engine is in excess of $250,000, the decision to allocate funding for a replacement fire apparatus must be supported by a thorough review and needs assessment.  Ultimately the fire chief or a ranking authority must be prepared to justify the expenditure to a board of his community constituents.  Let’s discuss a number of ways you can ensure you’ve covered all your bases before purchasing that next apparatus.

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Winterizing Your Fire Truck: Protecting your Apparatus from Harsh Winters

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The winter weather for most people marks the time of the year that brings the holidays, skiing, slick roads, and a chance to hurl a snowball at a loved one or pesky neighbor.  As a firefighter the upcoming winter provides a separate set of challenges that must be recognized to ensure the equipment and personnel responsible for protecting the community are safe.  Historical evidence has shown the firefighting community that extended fire calls are more likely to occur during periods of severe cold.   This result comes from the public utilizing approved and unapproved heating sources to combat the cold in their homes. The colder it gets the greater the probability that our personnel will become involved in a prolonged operation where saving life and property is necessary.  It’s important to remember that the time to plan for winter firefighting operations begins long before the snowflakes start to fall.  The following questions can be used to measure how prepared you are for the onset of colder temperatures:  What has your fire department done to prepare your apparatus and personnel for winter? What has your fire department done to prepare experienced operators for winter driving?

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Fire Chief Resigns Over Municipality’s Failure to Replace Unsafe Apparatus

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As a company that has relationships with volunteer firefighters in various rural communities that always seem strapped for cash, we at BME found this story of particular interest. Many volunteer departments rely on annual funding drives to help supplement local funding, but that typically still only covers the more routine operational costs such as training, maintenance, and upkeep of the fire station. Anyone who has served, especially in fire districts with high call volume, knows that the day will come when you will need to make that appeal to your municipality — or even to the citizens you’re protecting — for extra money.

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BME lands $10 million Fire Truck Contract with CAL Fire – Tag-Ons are available for CA Departments


Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) has been awarded roughly $10 million to produce over thirty Type-III wildland firefighting apparatuses for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as CAL FIRE. “Tag-on” opportunities are available to California fire departments, which allow them to save time, money and effort in purchasing fire equipment and machinery.
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The History of Fire Engines: From Primitive Pumps to Advanced Technology

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The iconic red fire engine that you often see roaring down the city streets has undergone a great deal of change throughout history.  In early civilizations, the emergence of permanent houses and the use of fire to heat, cook, and light these houses brought about the risk of house fires.  Naturally, people sought a means to extinguish the blazes to protect their families, resulting in hundreds of years of new apparatus designs, innovations and able-bodied men and women to operate them.  Here is a brief history of fire engines; how we went from the bucket brigade to the sophisticated selection of apparatus we have today.

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