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Paul Darley at FDSOA 2011 - Part 1

Fri, 11 Feb 2011|



I'm Alan Petrillo from Fire Apparatus Magazine and I'm here at FDSOA with Paul Darley, the president and chief executive officer of. W.S. Darley and Company. Paul, what do you see as, the major changes in apparatus that have come down, and affected apparatus design and manufacture in the past few years? >> Yeah, clearly, I think the biggest change has been the last sweeping changes with NFPA that, took effect January 1st, 2010. And while those standards have been rewritten over the last twenty years probably five times I believe. This last this last rewrite was probably the most significant, particularly in the area of major safety changes. And when I look at those I'm looking at the, changes with respect to. Cab safety with respect, where cab rollover and seat belts and airbags and were, were very dramatic as well as, you know, the black box if you will. >> The voice data recorder. >> Voice data recorders, thank you, as, all the way down to the striping. It was really a really, a radical. Rewrite that by most estimates added anywhere from 25 to 35 thousand dollars to a vehicle. That was, subsequently followed by changes with epa, that took place on all trucks ordered after January 1st, 2010, where. In order to meet the new emission controls the engine manufacturers had to redesign their engines with to accommodate DEF fluid or some manufacturers such as international are able to meet those emissions without that. But still a radical change to the to the vehicles which. On the surface, may not sound like much, but when you have a chasse manufacturer, whether it be a custom fire chasse manufacturer like a Spartan or an HME, or an OEM fire apparatus manufacturer who makes their own cabin chasse like a Pierce for example, or a KME or an E1, they then had to go and incorporate all those additional components on to the vehicle. And they had to put him in places, where traditionally, other equipment such as pumps for example, may have been located at. So it, so it, it really went and created a, a ripple effect if you will, that became a major impact. So those two have been the most significant. >> So, it's had some effect, then, on the size of the vehicles? The wheel bases, too? And, perhaps, compartmentation? >> You know, a little bit, you know? Believe it or not, most of the manufacturers have gone and been able to come up with unique solutions, where they didn't have to necessarily expand the wheel base. They've gone, and. Relocated the pumps for example into different parts of the truck or they've gone and driven them as opposed to being a split shaft pump driven by the truck drive line like behind the cab. Maybe they've moved it underneath the cab such as Pierce has done with the puck, or maybe they've gone and moved it back by the rear axle such as Crimson has done with, with their frack units or transform units. I think you'll continue to see. More of those type of thinking outside the box when, you know, forced with a, you know a paradigm shift. How, how do you react to, how do you react to this change in technology? They adapt. >> And they obviously acted well, too. >> Yeah, then I think you'll continue to see, one of the things that I think you'll really see at this year's FDIC. In March, I think it's 24th or the 26th down in Indianapolis, is a re- is, a number of builders, those a fire apparatus builders, introducing innovative fire apparatus that, are addressing the needs of today's firefighters which are, which are changing drastically. And, and there, I'm talking specifically, you know, when you and I were kids a fire truck would roll out of a station and it'd be responding to fires about forty percent of the time. And today, with all the other responsibilities that the Fire and Rescue Service has they actually only respond to fires. Actually in 2009, less than 5% of the time. So EMS calls make up 65%. They've got HAZMAT added on and. >> Also so the cause the number of calls they have had to make has tripled but the number of fires with everything sprinkled and flame resistant and fewer smokers the number of fires they have been responding has reduced drastically

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