Unless it’s on fire or in need of rescue, individuals in the fire service may not always be thinking about the nearest research department. However, here may be increasing reasons to believe that the fire service would benefit from a robust research ecosystem.
Published in Research
In our look back at the last 10 years, there has been a lot of attention devoted to moving the handline. There has been a paradigm shift in the fire service due to firefighters like Aaron Fields, Andy Fredericks, Dave McGrail and others. This article was written back in 2008 when the paradigm started to take flight.
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A new emissions standard for diesel engines that takes effect Jan. 1 means Canadian fire departments will pay thousands of dollars more for apparatus starting next year.
The new standard will reduce the amount of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emitted by diesel engines to 0.2 grams per brake horsepower hour from the 2007 level of 1.2 g/hp-hr.
Published in Equipment
During a recent fourth-year heavy equipment technician class we set out to determine whether an oscilloscope can be used to diagnose starter condition.
Published in Equipment
Get out your study guides! This month’s Truck Check features the second half of the fire apparatus assessment exam. This set of questions picks up where our December issue left off, rounding out the section dealing with electrical objectives questions
Published in Equipment
What are emergency vehicle technicians? They are people of many skills – small engine mechanic, automotive and heavy duty technician, plumber with a dash of auto body artist throw in. They are people who are willing to accept the tremendous responsibility for the results of their work. Simply put, unless you walk to the fire, you need these people.
Published in Equipment
This is the final instalment in our series on transmissions. You can find the previous columns at (click on Past Issues)
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While the family of older hydraulic-mechanical Allison transmissions (AT-MT-HT) was very good for the fire service, the world transmission called the WT and the newer Emergency Vehicle Service transmission (EVS) are excellent for our use. There are a number of reasons for this.
Published in Equipment
Picking up where we left off in the March issue of Fire Fighting in Canada (go to and click on past issues), each transmission has a governor.
Published in Equipment
The majority of transmissions used in the fire service are automatic and the Allison automatic has been the transmission of choice for many years. This transmission is reliable, easy to operate and is very adaptable to the needs of the fire service. It has some maintenance concerns that are different from a standard gear transmission. We will concentrate on maintenance problems of the older mechanical transmissions and look at the newer electronic transmissions in a future issue.

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Measuring a filter’s performance
Published in Equipment
Why can’t I get my fire truck fixed?
Published in Equipment
Choosing the right motor oil
Published in Equipment
Grease: A brief introduction
Published in Equipment
Coolant problems in fire apparatus
Published in Equipment
There are a lot of myths, rumours and superstitions about the maintenance and operation of air-brake systems. First, let's get the math out of the way. The engine may be required to accelerate the truck to 100 km/h from 0 km/h in 30 seconds.

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Air-brake maintenance – part two
Published in Equipment

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