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About mfc2257

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  1. I think we're misinterpreting the word "cooler" here.... Air cooled Harley FLH-P's are inherently hot bikes to ride in stop/go and low speed traffic. The water cooled BMW is just that... cooler. I've have had the pleasure to ride an FLH-P as well as multiple BMW's including a civilian version of the R1200. Each bike has its ups and downs. If doing a lot of highway riding I'd much prefer the Harley. If working in an urban environment I'd prefer the BMW for its nimble capabilities.
  2. I lusted after that truck for the longest time. I was too deep in restoring by '57 B Model from my college department that I bought. The rig from Millwood was the first rig I ever went to a fire in. At the time of construction, was one of the most modern pieces of fire apparatus ever built. Enclosed cab for 5 FF's, early version of pre-piped foam, 1500 gallon tank on tandem axles. It is one of two tandem axle factory B models ever built (others were built off of Mack chassis by other apparatus outfitters). The other went to a company just outside Pittsburgh. This rig was re powered from a 707c to a N/A diesel (which I have always believed to be a Mack unit but not 100% sure), power steering was added (it wasn't very effective), auto trans replaced the 5 speed crash box (the rig should have always been spec'd with a 5speed main and at least a two or three speed aux box) and air brakes were added. Even with the diesel the rig was a pig, but it served Millwood very will until 1995 when T-15 was purchased. My first job on this rig (and one of its last) was a fire in Yorktown's southern box on Adams Ridge Road running as a tanker. The following year it shuttled a few loads of water 1994 I believe at a big fire in Croton's box on Bethea drive. That was about it for the rig though. It was incredibly slow even with the diesel motor. You could potentially jog up Allapartus Road faster than this thing could go. It was also limited as a tanker because it didn't have a dump valve and the TTP valve to pump the load off was only 1.5inch. Nonetheless, this is my absolute favorite piece of firefighting history and quite possibly the most handsome fire truck ever produced. I'm not sure who owns it now, but the restoration that they performed appears to be of the quality that I had planned for it if I ever got a hold of it (and subsequently what I did on my '57 from college.) My '57
  3. With regard to 2% money there are absolutely guidelines on how the money can be spent. In fact, there is even a difference between how "new" and "old" 2% money can be spent.
  4. Not only is the money gone and the SCBA's not paid for, depending on how the grant was administered and the terms of the grant (I didn't read the whole article), the government may want their money back. Wouldnt be the first time.
  5. Wow they've got tons to look forward to. Their top 25 applicants have a bottom 6 that are below 85%. Are you telling me that of all the people that took the exam that these are the 25 best applicants with a quick average of 87% in my head. The 25th best applicant mustered a barely above fail?
  6. HR56 is staffed by a technician trained in its operation and a firefighter 24/7 out of station 56 if I recall. It is used extensively by not only LAFD but the surrounding agencies and has been made available to any SoCal department that needs it.
  7. I wouldn't be calling PCFD ENG58 out over anything that is taken out of context on this site. The guy devoted his whole life to the PCFD both with and without a paycheck.
  8. As drawn, I don't think we're looking at a rig that meets the NFPA definition of a Quint. Looks like TL with a pump and a tank hidden in there somewhere.
  9. If everything on the rig is essentially new, than why not enclose the cab?
  10. The reasoning behind each MOS having their own vehicle is that they are much more likely to care for it and keep it in good working order than if just assigned a random unit at the beginning of each tour. The maintenance expense and longevity of the units provides an overall cost benefit in the long run. It also creates a presence in the community when you see patrol cars parked in officers driveways.
  11. Chappaqua Ladder 3 on South Moger, Pleasantville TL-5 next to Bedford's Snorkel, Millwood E247 over by the dammed river in the pack parking lot, either E105 or E106 on South Moger by TL14
  12. Sure is... The original Millwood E-247 (1976 ALF Century) drafted it.
  13. I agree with your numbers. I respectfully disagree that "its truly about time the Airlines in the USA are doing this." The first rig a FF operates isn't the million dollar tower ladder or heavy squad. Guys don't leave Skip Barber Performance Driving School and go straight to Formula 1. The Navy doesn't give a nuclear powered aircraft carrier to a guy straight out of Annapolis. There is a significant benefit in gaining experience coming up through the ranks of operating "lesser" vehicles and while I realize that these students are going to fly smaller aircraft during their training I don't believe that their first day on the job should be on a 100+ seat aircraft. Flying a CRJ100/200 for a few years on regional routes will give valuable day to day experience (which cannot be taught in training or in the simulator) prior to flying larger aircraft into and out of JFK, LGA, MCO, ATL, DCA, MIA, etc. It should also be noted that the JetBlue pilots union opposes this method of recruiting pilots and believes that experienced pilots from regional airlines or recent military retirees are the best choices to fly the busy routes and larger aircraft that JetBlue utilizes.
  14. Jet Blue doesn't fly any regionals and has no airframes manufactured by Bombardier. They exclusively operate Airbus A320/321's and Embraer E190/195's. Both underwing powered aircraft. I'm not saying this to rebuttal you but rather that rookie pilots flying larger underwing powered aircraft is concerning. Somehow I think they should cut their teeth elsewhere.