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Posted: Jun 17, 2021

Photos: US Fire Pump at Prairie Hill Road (IL) Blaze

Fire photographer Tim Olk recently shared some photos of US Fire Pump in Rockton (IL) from the recent fire on Prairie Hill Road.

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Posted: Jun 17, 2021

Walla Walla family dispute leads to arson charges and residential fire

A family dispute led to arson charges after a 25-year-old woman allegedly started a fire in her father’s home and attempted to flee the scene while fire crews combatted the flames. According to a press release issued by Sgt. Gunner Fulmer of the Walla Walla Police Department, officers were called to the 1200-block of Whitman St to assist fire crews who determined that the source of the structure fire at a two-story home appeared suspicious.
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Posted: Jun 17, 2021

Supply Problems Causing Issues in Ambulance Replacements

Denise G. Callahan

Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio


A severe global shortage of microchips is causing issues for West Chester Township (OH) Fire Department’s equipment replacement program and could double the cost for ambulances for this year.

The trustees approved $277,239 for a replacement ambulance last week but also learned there is another unit that is constantly in the shop for repairs whose replacement should be ordered soon because delivery time is 14 months.

The long delay is due to fallout from the coronavirus pandemic that caused a shortage of microchips that are used to run everything from fire trucks and ambulances to smart phones.

Fire Chief Rick Prinz told the trustees the department has another paramedic unit that has been out of service 244 of the previous 365 days due to mechanical problems. Recently, the ambulance stalled with a patient onboard, and the problem hasn’t been identified. It wasn’t scheduled to be replaced until next year, but that might change.

“Obviously this vehicle needs to be replaced, it’s nickel-diming us and it’s falling apart, but we’re looking at a 14-month delay to get a vehicle,” Prinz said.

It has cost the township $25,506 since 2015 to repair the vehicle, and it is expected to cost more once they can determine the cause of the problems.

“We would still have available budget at a later date sometime this year to pull the trigger on another paramedic unit, so we don’t have a huge delay, especially with a paramedic unit we can’t even rely on because it’s out of service 67% of the time,” Prinz said.

Prinz said the 2009 unit they agreed to replace now has the equivalent of 800,000 miles including the engine miles and actual mileage combined. The broken 2012 ambulance has 275,000 miles on it. He told the Journal-News their ambulances are usually on a 10-year replacement schedule. They have three in service and two back-ups.

Trustee Mark Welch asked if there isn’t a better way to get more life out of their vehicles, or possibly look into hybrid or electric vehicles.

“It has 132,774 road miles and 11,000 hours on the engine; what’s the purpose for leaving these vehicles run all the time?” Welch said.

Prinz said they must constantly idle the vehicles to keep emergency lights rolling, life-saving systems operating, and the patient area cooled and heated. As for new technology, he said the “jury is still out.”

“The Los Angeles Fire Department took delivery of the first-ever in the country all-electric fire truck,” Prinz said. “The jury is still out, we’d like them to be the guinea pigs first. Of course they have an abundance of sunshine to be able to charge their solar panels on top of the truck…I’m really concerned about long-term scene operation when you’re running that pump for extended periods of time delivering 1,000 gallons a minute-plus.”

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Posted: Jun 17, 2021

Training for Using the Clean Cab

Las Cruces firefighters train on speed
for using clean cab apparatus

Las Cruces Fire Department

Cleaning Up the Clean Cab. Training on new apparatus with the SCBA in compartments outside of the cab.

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Posted: Jun 17, 2021

Spartan Emergency Response Introduces Smart Reach Multi-Stance Smeal Ladder Control System

SNYDER, SD – JUNE 17, 2021 – Spartan Emergency Response®, a subsidiary of REV Group® and leading manufacturer of fire apparatus, introduces Smart Reach™ Multi-Stance™, the patented new Smeal® ladder and outrigger control system that offers increased versatility and functionality for today’s firefighters.

The Smart Reach Multi-Stance system offers a 360-degree, no dead-zone functionality on Smeal aerials that can be adapted to the scene while maintaining full reach. This system delivers full-reach access, and provides real-time data, which gives firefighters the freedom to focus on what is most important – saving lives.

With the patented Multi-Stance™ technology, the operator is free to set up the outriggers to any reach that the fire scene will accommodate. The dynamic load chart then informs the operator of the appropriate load for the side of the apparatus that they are working from – 250 lb., 500 lb. or 750 lb. – essentially offering fire departments three fire trucks in one. Firefighters can set up each of the four outriggers at various lengths and tip loads to accommodate tight spaces at fire scenes. Multi-Stance allows the aerial to accommodate the full tip load of 750 lb. on one side of the truck where outriggers are fully extended, and a decreased tip load on the other side if the scene does not allow the outriggers to be fully extended.

“This system is set to revolutionize the fire industry by offering the latest technological advancements,” said Roger Lackore, Senior Director of Product Development for REV Fire Group. “With the Multi-Stance technology, you can extend the outriggers as far as you can get them or as narrow as you need and still be able to operate the apparatus. The advanced ramping controls allow even an inexperienced individual to operate the aerial smoothly and confidently.”


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