Equipment
Written by Chris Dennis
There is a part of every vehicle we depend on the most, but it’s one that we take for granted. We start a vehicle — be it our everyday driver or a multimillion dollar fire truck — put it in gear and just expect that when we push the brake pedal with our foot that the vehicle is going to come to a full stop. Let’s put this in perspective in the fire station.
Written by Lauren Scott
Quebec fire fighting equipment company WATERAX released an update to their HPO-2X collapsible backpack. The newest feature is the brass hand pump design, which has both a forward grooved grip and rear pistol grip. The backpack is made of nylon-fibrecoated with neoprene, which is UV resistant, fireproof, and oil and gasoline resistant. It can hold up to 19 litres of water (5 gallons) and has a collapsible design.

To learn more: http://www.waterax.com/products/hpo-2x/

Written by Lauren Scott
Spanish company DRONE HOPPER released a prototype for its fire fighting drone to American rescue services in July. The drone is designed specifically for use during wildfires and can hold up to 300 litres of water. Features include thermographic cameras, heat sensors and a navigation system. The product is expected to officially launch in Fall 2018.

For more information: https://www.drone-hopper.com/home

Written by Lauren Scott
FLIR has released some of its most portable TICs, which are compatible with smartphones. Some features include nine different colour palettes, a small 6.5 centimetres wide design and an Andriod and iOS compatible mobile app. The FLIR One camera can show temperatures from -20 to 60 degrees Celsius, while the FLIR One Pro shows a range of -20 to 400 degrees Celsius. The Flir One and Flir One Pro were first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2017 and were released to the public in June 2017.

For more information, please visit: http://www.flir.ca/flirone/

Written by Lauren Scott
Alabama company Key Hose launched a new lightweight fire fighting hose that is designed to reduce kinks, nozzle whip and friction loss. The new TRU-ID attack hose is billed as a “true internal diameter” hose for the front lines, available in either 45 millimetres (1.75 inches) or 63.5 millimetres (2.5 inches). The hose has a double jacket construction and is designed fore use with low pressure/ high volume nozzles.

For more information:http://www.tru-idhose.com/

Written by Lauren Scott
First announced at the FDIC conference in Indianapolis last April, Pierce Manufacturing has launched its Ascendant class of aerial apparatus. The configurations showcased include a 32.5 metre (107 foot) tandem rear axle aerial ladder, a 32.5 metre tractor drawn aerial, and a 33.5 metre (110 foot) single rear axle quint aerial platform. All Ascendant class aerials include a weight-optimized structure design with a jack-knife angle of up to 60 degrees and a single set of H-style stabilizers.

To learn more: http://www.piercemfg.com/products/products-overview/ascendant/ascendant-107-heavy-duty-ladder

Written by Lauren Scott
Xeros Cleaning Technologies has created an eco-friendly polymer cleaning solution that is intended to extend the wear of turnout gear. The solution is NFPA 1851 compliant and is designed to work in low water levels and low temperatures. It uses polymer beads as the primary cleaning agent instead of water, which absorbs contaminants from the gear.

For more information: http://www.xeroscleaning.com/xeros-polymer-beads

Written by Lauren Scott
Pierce Manufacturing first displayed its new High Flow Industrial Apparatus at the Fire Rescue International conference in Charlotte, N.C., in July. The truck is capable of flowing up to 10, 000 gallons per minute when connected to a hydrant. It has a Darley 2ZSM pump and a Husky 450 foam system. The vehicle is available on a Velocity or Arrow XT chassis. Each chassis model comes with a 600-hp engine.

To learn more: http://www.piercemfg.com/pierce/press-release/pierce-introduces-high-flow-industrial-fire-apparatus-at-fire-rescue-international

Written by Lauren Scott
Dragon Fire Gloves has released its Safety Equipment Institute certified Alpha-X glove. The glove was designed for structural firefighters and is compliant with NFPA 1971 standards. It has a leather outer shell that allows for easy gripping in wet and dry conditions. The gloves are abrasion resistant and has a thermal urethane barrier specifically designed for firefighters.

For more information, please visit: http://www.dragonfiregloves.com/products/alpha-x-structural
Written by Lauren Scott
The fire service in Parkland County, Alta., took delivery of a new pumper rescue under Chief Brian Cornforth. The black and red truck is built on a Spartan Gladiator chassis and has an emergency rescue body. It runs on a 450-hp Cummins L9 engine and an Allison 3000 EVS transmission. The rig has a Waterous CSU 1500 pump with side-control pump panels. It comes complete with a 1000 imperial gallon Poly tank and a Waterous Eclipse compressed air system with Advantus 6 foam. 
Written by Lauren Scott
The Yukon Government and fire marshal’s office received a Fort Garry-built wildland range truck under Fire Marshal Kevin Taylor in 2016. The truck is built on an International 7400 2-door cab 4x4 with a formed aluminum body. The truck runs on a 330-hp Navistar N9 engine and an Allison 3000 EVS transmission. The red and white truck has top-mount pump panels that power a Darley LSPAH 1000 pump. It is finished with a hot-dipped galvanized 1000 imperial gallon tank. 

Written by Lauren Scott
The Government of Nunavut took delivery of a pumper truck from Fort Garry Fire Trucks under Fire Marshal Robert Prima. The red rig is built on a 2018 Freightliner M2-106 chassis and has a MXV 3-Man Crown body type. The pumper runs on a 300-hp Cummins L9 engine, Allison EVS 3000 transmission, has enclosed pump panels, a Hale DSD 1050 IGPM pump and a 1000 imperial gallon CoPoly tank. Special features include an extreme insulation package, diesel-fired coolant heater, SCBA rack, Honda 5K Generator and a Whelen emergency light package. 

Written by Lauren Scott
Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service in Ontario received a Smeal 32-metre rear mount aerial truck from Safetek. The truck is built on a Spartan Gladiator chassis with an aluminum body. It is powered by a Cummins ISX 500-hp engine and has an Allison EVS 4000-R transmission. There is a Waterous CSUC 7, 000 litre per minute pump and the truck hold 400 imperial gallons of water. Special features include an Akron StreamMaster II 3480 Monitor and Akron SaberMaster 1577 nozzle, EHL Hose Bed and a Smeal SG-09 Green Power auxiliary power unit.

Written by Lauren Scott
The fire department in Amherst, N.S., took delivery of a Metalfab pumper under Fire Chief Greg Jones. The pumper is built on a Spartan Metro Star X chassis with an extruded aluminum body style. It runs on a 400-hp Cummins L9 and Allison 3000 EVS auto transmission. The rig has a 1250 imperial gallon Hale QMAX pump and a tank capacity of 600 imperial gallons. It comes complete with Foam Pro 2001 Dual Tank System. Special features include a Whelen LED warning light system, 6000-Watt hydraulic generator, FRC Spectra 12V LED telescopic flood lights and Amdor roll-up doors. 

Written by Lauren Scott
The Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Valleyview, Alta., received a new pumper truck from Fort Garry Fire Trucks in November. The pumper is built on a Freightliner chassis with a Terminator body type. It is designed with a Darley PTO PSR1250 pump and a 1000 imperial gallon Pro-Poly tank. Special features include a Kussmaul Pump Plus 1000, Tornado quick-disconnect monitor, Hannay hose reel, Federal Signal lighting package and FRC scene lights.
Written by Chris Dennis
Fire-service leaders today do a good job convincing council of the importance of upgrading the apparatus fleet. Municipality underwriter’s insurance companies are helping to lead the way. They are steering department recommendations towards becoming essential repairs and replacements in the eyes of council.
Written by Lauren Scott
Department needs across Canada can be as diverse as the country itself. As the nature of the service continues to change, and fire crews respond to more medical and rescue calls, municipalities are adding features to their apparatus that address community-specific needs.
Written by Chris Dennis
All emergency services need some kind of vehicle to get the job done. But the job cannot be done if your vehicle doesn’t work when you need it. Proper vehicle maintenance is essential to ensure first responders can safely and efficiently get to calls.
Written by Lauren Scott
The Saskatoon Fire Department received a custom pumper from Fort Garry Fire Trucks in May. The red and white truck is constructed on a Spartan Metro Star chassis with a 400-hp Cummins ISL9 engine and an Allison EVS 3000 transmission. The vehicle has an emergency rescue body with a TME electronic pump panel. It was a 1500 imperial gallon Waterous CSU pump and a 600 imperial gallon WP Co-poly tank. It comes complete with a Class A Foam Pro 2002 foam system. 

Written by Lauren Scott
The Southwest Oxford Fire and Emergency services have taken delivery of a new rescue pumper by Metalfab Fire Trucks in early July. Chief Jeff VanRybroeck ordered the truck from Carrier Centers Emergency Vehicles, which is built on a four door Freightliner chassis. It comes with 1050 imperial gallon Hale DSD pump with a 1000 imperial gallon water tank. The truck has a FoamPro 2001 foam system and 20 imperial gallon foam cell. It has custom features such as an extruded aluminum body design, Amdor rollup doors, Whelen warning light package and a Zico powered ladder rack.
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