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VIRGINIA BEACHS MONSTER FIRE TRUCK

Weighing 10 tons and standing on five-foot tires that weigh 1,000 pounds apiece, the City of Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Department`s Monster Fire Truck is big--big enough to impress on area children the importance of fire safety. The truck--fueled by compressed natural gas--is the brainchild of Master Firefighter Donald Moss, who got the idea from visiting monster truck shows and seeing how children of all ages were impressed by the trucks.

AURORAS TRENCH RESCUE AND STRUCTURE COLLAPSE TRUCK

The Aurora (CO) Fire Department organized its technical rescue team (TRT) in January 1993. The team`s responsibilities, in addition to fire suppression and EMS, include heavy extrications involving air, rail, and vehicle accidents; confined-space incidents; high- and low-angle rope rescues; trench/building collapse scenarios; and water and ice rescues.

“White Ghost” and PPV

I enjoyed Albert J. Kirk`s reply (Letters to the Editor, December 1995) to Frank C. Montagna`s article on the "White Ghost" (Training Notebook, May 1995). His reply was very detailed and informative. I have never encountered this phenomenon, and most of the veterans in my department with whom I`ve spoken have never experienced it either.

CARBIDE-TIPPED BULLET CHAIN

Cutters Edge, division of Edge Industries, Inc.: Designed specifically for fire departments for ventilation, forcible entry, and rescue operations. Locking key holds carbide insert in place. 50 percent more cutting surface than conventional cutting chains. (800) 742-3343.

MORE ON TRUCK POSITIONING

You are the driver. We have responded in the best order to ensure that the truck will have the best opportunity for the most effective position at the scene of the reported structure fire. Now, let`s throw in the fudge factors.

Mexican trucks present hazards for border states

For safety reasons, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has delayed indefinitely the opening of U.S. highways in border states to Mexican trucks. Under the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexican trucks were to have gained expanded access to U.S. highways in border states and U.S. trucks were to have gained access to Mexico`s northern highways on December 18, 1995. Among the issues raising safety concerns are the following:

LOUISVILLE STRUCTURE FIRE

On October 8, 1995, at 1215 hours in Louisville, Kentucky, a small fire originating in discarded furniture on the exterior of a shopping center developed into a multiple-alarm fire that destroyed a karate club and heavily damaged other businesses.

HIGH-RISE FIRE

A cold February morning was the setting for a spectacular four-alarm high-rise fire in the Bronx, New York. The fire ripped through a 13th-floor apartment of the 22-story fire-resistive apartment house. Strong gusting winds complicated the interior suppression operation.

STRIP VENTILATION TACTICS

Your fire department receives an alarm at 1330 hours for a structure fire. You are the officer in command of a truck company responding to the alarm. On arrival, you observe a 60- by 200-foot, one-story minimall (taxpayer) with heavy smoke showing from an occupancy at one end of the structure, and you see dark smoke pushing from roof vents over two units adjacent to the involved store. You quickly conclude that the fire in the end unit has extended into the common attic space and will quickly e

STRIP VENTILATION SYSTEMS

Your fire department receives an alarm at 1330 hours for a structure fire. You are the officer in command of a truck company responding to the alarm. On arrival, you observe a 60- by 200-foot, one-story minimall (taxpayer) with heavy smoke showing from an occupancy at one end of the structure, and you see dark smoke pushing from roof vents over two units adjacent to the involved store. You quickly conclude that the fire in the end unit has extended into the common attic space and will quickly e