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Engine 849 from the Laurel, MD, Volunteer Rescue Squad is a 2016 Pierce Enforcer with a short wheelbase and overall length to operate in a congested urban area. This apparatus is equipped with six preconnected attack lines with a Class A foam system. Photo by Tom W. Shand FIRE & EMERGENCY APPARATUS By Tom Shand & Mike Wilbur TOM SHAND, a Firehouse ® contributing editor, is a 36-year veteran of the fire service. He works with Michael Wilbur at Emergency Vehicle Response, consulting on a variety of fire apparatus and fire department master-planning issues. MICHAEL WILBUR, a Firehouse ® contributing editor, recently retired as a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department, where he was last assigned to Ladder Company 27 in the Bronx. He has served on the FDNY Apparatus Purchasing Com- mittee and consults on a variety of apparatus-related issues around the country. EVResponse; Tom Shand michael-wilbur/8/315/b18 EVResponse Connect with Tom & Mike New homebuyers typically inspect and tour the house several times before making an offer, and many would take measure- ments of certain rooms and door open- ings to confirm that their furniture could be accommodated in the available space. All of these sound pretty straightfor- ward and simple, yet each year we hear about fire departments acquiring units that do not fit into their stations' apparatus bays as well as about accidents caused by overweight vehicles. No doubt that the size of our apparatus has gotten wider, longer and heavier over the years due to several factors. Four-door cabs with enclosed seating, wider pump panels with foam When Specifying Apparatus, Size Matters Safety and performance are top priorities when factoring size into overall design C onsider for a moment many of the consumer items that we purchase during our life. For things like a new pair of shoes or piece of clothing, most of us would instinctively want to try them on to make sure they fit and feel comfortable. If we were looking at a new car, we would go out for a test drive to see if the vehicle's handling and performance met our expectations. 36 l Firehouse l January 2017

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