Engine Company

Fighting fire with water

The "fighting fire with water" debate presents a complicated problem with no clear-cut solution. Having fought fires in the late `50s and through the `60s with smooth-bore and early "mystery" nozzles, I feel that the evolution to today`s combination nozzles has greatly enhanced firefighters` capabilities and versatility in getting their job done.

SERIES 50 ENGINE

Detroit Diesel Corporation: 320 horsepower. Specifically rated for fire and emergency services. 2,100 rpm with peak torque of 950-ft.-lb. at 1,200 rpm. Compatible with Allison Division World Transmission MD3060. Incorporates Detroit Diesel Electronic Control (DDEC) system, including full on-board diagnostics, and fire pump pressure sensor governor. (313) 592-7640.

M11 PLUS DIESEL ENGINE

Cummins Engine Co., Inc.: All electronic. Available in 320- and 400-hp versions; 450-hp available second quarter 1996. Capable of driv-ing pumps up to 3,000 gpm. Uses CELECT(TM) Plus electronics and INTELECT(TM) engine electronics software. (800) DIESELS.

TS 460 CUTQUIK

Stihl, Inc.: Elastostart(TM) designed to reduce kick when starting. 4.42 cubic-inch engine. Antivibration system. Position-compensating carburetor and air-filtration system. (804) 486-9100.

SECONDARY BRAKING SYSTEMS: A SECOND CHANCE

The members of Squad 4 were having a particularly busy day, responding to alarms from one end of the city to the other. With the unrelenting summer heat, drivers were cruising around with windows closed and air conditioners on high, seeking relief. The apparatus operator remarked to the captain that it seemed as if no one was paying any attention to their warning lights and siren. He had to continuously accelerate and brake to maneuver around the complacent drivers.

PERSONNEL POSITIONS AND HOSE STRETCHES

The handline has been stretched to the front door and is ready to move in. The officer of the ladder company has returned to the front door and informs the engine company of his initial size-up: "Looks like a mattress. Maybe a little bit more. We used the water extinguisher but couldn`t get it all." Turning to the nozzleman, he continues, "It`s the last bedroom on the right at the end of the hall, about 15 feet down from the top of the stairs." What started as a mattress fire has grown in inten

SUSTAINED SUPPLY

A sustained water supply may be the most important safety aspect of an interior structure fire attack.

MEGA RESCUE SAW KITS

Team Equipment, Inc.: PARTNER multipurpose saws. D`AX carbide-grit blade. Rescue abrasive wheels cut both steel and concrete. Saw-carrying sling. Safety gas can. Hearing protectors. Goggles. Two-cycle engine oil. Gasoline stabilizer. Spare belts. Air filters. (800) 367-9054.

LIGHTNING EMERGENCY POWER UNIT

Active Technologies, Inc.: 800 Watts 115V AC output. 12V-80 amp DC output. Direct-drive alternator. Recoil start. Throttle control lever. Engine fuel primer. Muffler guard. Weighs 16 pounds. Two-hp, two-cycle gasoline engine. (800) 545-5348.

PERSONNEL POSITIONS AND HOSE STRETCHES

The handline has been stretched to the front door and is ready to move in. The officer of the ladder company has returned to the front door and informs the engine company of his initial size-up: "Looks like a mattress. Maybe a little bit more. We used the water extinguisher but couldn`t get it all." Turning to the nozzleman, he continues, "It`s the last bedroom on the right at the end of the hall, about 15 feet down from the top of the stairs." What started as a mattress fire has grown in inten