Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 9:08 am
By Bob Vaccaro
Over the last 12 years, I’ve seen more new apparatus technology introduced than in my 35-plus years in the fire service. An increased focus on firefighter safety, brought about by the introduction of NFPA 1901, is driving this trend—as it should be.
Ergonomics, green technology, larger compartment space, computers, higher ladder reach, lower hosebeds, more cab space, rollover protection, front and side air bags and LED lighting are just a few examples.
Following is a round-up of some of these advancements—all of which are key considerations when speccing and purchasing vehicles.
The EPA has conducted extensive evaluation of idle-reduction technologies/devices on air quality, fuel consumption and driver health. Its conclusion: Idle-reduction technologies save fuel and reduce emissions when compared to idling the main engine.
According to the EPA, idle-reduction technology “is generally defined as the installation of a technology or device that:
- is installed on a vehicle
- reduces unnecessary main engine idling of the vehicle or equipment, and/or
- is designed to provide services (e.g., heat, air conditioning and/or electricity) to the vehicle or equipment that would otherwise require the operation of the main drive engine while the vehicle or equipment is temporarily parked or remains stationary.”
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