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DESIGN OF MILITARY FIRE TRUCKS POSES SEVERAL NOVEL PROBLEMS

Issue 8 and Volume 107.

DESIGN OF MILITARY FIRE TRUCKS POSES SEVERAL NOVEL PROBLEMS Winterization, Adequate Power, Speed All Considered as Essential Features WITH the increasing use of atomic bombs, multiple incendiary attacks, flame throwers, and other flame-producing weapons, it is evident that fire, as a weapon of modern warfare, has achieved an importance transcending even that which it held in ancient times. In addition, the use of new devices, i.e., guided missiles, and the increasing reliance on liquid fuels in all phases of military operations have greatly increased the hazard and impact of accidental fires. One phase in the over-all defense against fire involves the use of fire extinguishing equipment of which perhaps the most important single item is the powered pumper fire truck. Prior to World War I, the military establishment had little fire fighting equipment, and that which it had was homemade, or standard commercial equipment procured locally by individual posts. During…

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