Issue 2 and Volume 159.

BY BRIAN A. COLELLA Today’s small fire departments, those with 50 or fewer firefighters, face a number of challenges. Whether a small municipal career department in an urban area or a volunteer or combination department in a suburban or rural area, these departments share common problems. Unlike their big-city brethren, they rarely have the luxury of an excess of equipment or firefighters, but they face many of the same challenges and hazards. The key for these departments is to be as effective as the larger departments with far fewer resources. PROPER PUMPER SETUP CRUCIAL TO EFFECTIVE ENGINE FUNCTION One area in which effectiveness could be maximized is pumper operations. The pumper should be designed (if purchasing a new pumper) or set up (existing pumper) for ease of operation and maximum capability. Factors that can affect these objectives, in addition to poor pump panel design, include the following: lack of a…

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