Engine Company

SUSTAINED SUPPLY

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

KEEP IT COOL

You`re pumping the attack engine at a house fire. It is a hot summer day, and you begin to smell a strange odor. After looking around the piece for the source, you notice steam blowing out from the engine covers. The engine water temperature gauge is pegged at 240°F. You think, "Sure hope the chief doesn`t blow like this when he finds out the engine has overheated."

5400 SERIES BREATHING AIR TRAILER

CompAir Mako: Continuous-duty trailers equipped with air compressor, gasoline or diesel engine, air-purification system, two-position SCBA/SCUBA fill station, two ASME-rated storage cylinders, controls, and interconnecting piping and wiring. Capable of supplying CGA Grade "E" breathing air on-site. Seven 5,000- and 6,000-psig models of mounted breathing air systems available; charging rates range from 13.1 to more than 33.2 cfm of air. Dual-drive (diesel engine/electric motor) configuration, av

THE LIQUIDATORTM FOAM PUMPER

Emergency One, Inc.: Flows more than 6,000 gpm from draft and exceeds 10,000 gpm on a hydrant system. Manufactured on a special E-One Hush® chassis. Four-door cab with Vista roof. Fully enclosed pump panel on rear wall of cab. Williams Hot Shot II foam-proportioning system; eliminates foam recirculation back to the foam tank, avoiding agitation of the foam. Roof-mounted Hydro-Foam nozzle flows in excess of 6,000 gpm and can propel a stream of foam more than 300 feet. Elevated pump operator

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.

CHEMICAL DATA NOTEBOOK SERIES #106: CHLORINE DIOXIDE

Chlorine dioxide is an oxidizing, unstable, reactive, toxic, irritating, yellowish-to-reddish gas with a pungent odor resembling chlorine or nitric acid. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) forbids the transport of pure chlorine dioxide, which normally is diluted to less than 10 percent in a cold solution and shipped as a hydrate in its frozen form resembling orange-colored ice. It is used as a bleaching agent for beeswax, fats, flour, leather, oils, textiles, and wood pulp; in water-tr

KEEP IT COOL

You`re pumping the attack engine at a house fire. It is a hot summer day, and you begin to smell a strange odor. After looking around the piece for the source, you notice steam blowing out from the engine covers. The engine water temperature gauge is pegged at 240°F. You think, "Sure hope the chief doesn`t blow like this when he finds out the engine has overheated."

AKROMATIC NOZZLE

Akron Brass: Low-pressure electric master stream nozzle. Provides automatic operation from 500 to 1,250 gpm at 80 psi for lower engine pressure on aerial applications. Lightweight. Durable. High flow capability.

FIRE SUPPRESSION RATING SCHEDULE

Although many property owners will never have a fire in their home or business, most insure their property. The amount they pay for fire insurance is largely determined by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of the local fire department according to the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), a "point-based" evaluation system that ranks fire departments from 1 to 10 (1 being the best, 10 the worst--effectively no public fire protection). A fire department can review its rating with its