Fri, 11 Feb 2011|
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I'm -- patrol from fire apparatus magazine. And I'm here at -- FDSOK. With home Darlene the the president and Chief Executive Officer of WS -- and company. Paul. Clinton what do you see -- the major. Changes in apparatus that have come down. -- affected apparatus to sign in manufacturing the past few years. You're clearly I think the biggest change has been -- these last sweeping changes with NFPA that took effect January 1 2010. And while those standards have been rewritten over the last twenty years probably five times I believe this last. And last rewrite was probably the most significant particularly. In the area of major safety changes. When I look at those I'm looking at the changes with respect -- I -- safety with respect we're can't roll over and she belts and airbags and we're we're very dramatic as well as you know the black box if you will. Voice data -- based voice data recorders thank you. As well all the way down to the strike being it was really -- really a radical. Rewrite that by most estimates -- anywhere from 25 to 35000 dollars to. A vehicle. That was subsequently followed by -- changes with EPA. That took place -- all trucks ordered after January 1 2000 ten where. And he's in order to meet the new emissions controls. The engine manufacturers. Had to redesign their engines with. To accommodate TEF. Fluid or some manufacturers such as international. Are able to meet those -- without them but still a radical. Change to the to the vehicles which. On the surface might not sound like much but when you have a chassis manufacturer whether -- accustomed player trip she manufacturing orders partner nature and me. Or. -- -- and fire apparatus manufacturing make sure Kevin chassis like a appears for example -- KM eerie one. They then had to go and incorporate all of those -- additional components under the vehicle. In they had to put him in places where traditionally. Other equipment such as pumps for example may have been located so it. So it it really went in -- -- a ripple effect if you will that. Became a major impacts of those who have been the most significant so it it's had some effect man on the size of the vehicle's wheelbase is two a little garlic don't believe it -- not most of the manufacturers have gone and been able -- come up with unique solutions weird they didn't have to necessarily expand the wheelbase they've gone in and relocated to punch for example and different. From parts of the truck -- they've gone and driven them as opposed to being -- the -- -- pump driven by a the truck driver and -- -- in the -- maybe they've moved it underneath the camps such as pierce is done with the puck or maybe they've -- and moved it up back either actual searches crimson is done -- serve their -- units of the transformer units I think you'll continue to see more of those type of thinking outside the box when you know forced with you know paradigm shift how do you how do you react to how do you react to this change in technology. They adapt and they Iraq obviously acted well -- they have but I think you'll continue to see one of the things I think you'll really see at this year's FDIC. In March I think it's -- worth the 26 and in Indianapolis is a -- is. A number of builders are -- as the fire apparatus builders introducing. Innovative fire apparatus that are addressing the needs of today's fire -- which are which are changing drastically and. And -- -- talking specifically. You know when you and I were kids of fire truck roll out of the station that'd be responding to -- about 40% of the time. And today with all the other responsibilities that fire and rescue service has the actually only respond to fires actually put in 2009 less than 5% of the time so. EMS calls make up 65%. They've got his -- added and also was so there calls as the number of -- that they had to make just tripled. But the number of fires with everything being getting sprinkled in flame resistant and fewer smokers all the rest. The number of players that are that the responding to -- down drastically.