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dwcfireman

Community VFD Engine 91

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Well speced  Engine I love the Pierce walk around tours

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nice truck but looks like a camel being a race horse.  i like the idea of keeping the scba's out of the back and the reasons why but they are still in the back with this design.  look a the video again especially at 2:43 seconds into it.  you will see that the scba compartment is open to the back of the truck so anything off gases from the packs will still be in the same compartment.  i like the idea and the reasons behind it but i don't get the way they did it.  

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I noticed the same thing about the air packs being left exposed to the crew compartment. I must have watched it 3 or 4 times and was thinking that there must be roll-down doors which they had raised for the video. I froze the video at 2:43 and it doesn't look like there any doors. If there are no roll-down doors then I think it would be more dangerous as the average gung-ho firefighter might unbuckle his/her seatbelt, stretch-over and reach in to get the air pack in an effort to get ready to fight the fire.  Very curious.... 

 

Overall I think they did a great job in designing the truck. 

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On 10/20/2017 at 8:57 PM, Jybehofd said:

nice truck but looks like a camel being a race horse.  i like the idea of keeping the scba's out of the back and the reasons why but they are still in the back with this design.  look a the video again especially at 2:43 seconds into it.  you will see that the scba compartment is open to the back of the truck so anything off gases from the packs will still be in the same compartment.  i like the idea and the reasons behind it but i don't get the way they did it.  

 

On 10/21/2017 at 0:17 AM, LayTheLine said:

I noticed the same thing about the air packs being left exposed to the crew compartment. I must have watched it 3 or 4 times and was thinking that there must be roll-down doors which they had raised for the video. I froze the video at 2:43 and it doesn't look like there any doors. If there are no roll-down doors then I think it would be more dangerous as the average gung-ho firefighter might unbuckle his/her seatbelt, stretch-over and reach in to get the air pack in an effort to get ready to fight the fire.  Very curious.... 

 

Overall I think they did a great job in designing the truck. 

 

I did notice that there were a lot of boxes inside the other compartments.  I'll throw out the assumption that they may have some special made covering for the SCBA compartments (I'm just guessing this since the slide-outs don't have the brackets yet, so there's still some work left).  But that's about as much benefit I can give them as far as the cab/SCBA interface.

 

And, indeed, this is well thought out rig!

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14 hours ago, x152 said:

What does the Chief intend to do about the PPE worn by firefighters? Think that might be a sink for carcinogens? How bout the bottom of your boots, ever really think what is hanging out there?

 

I'd be a lot less concerned about a hard surface such as an SCBA bottle or harness that can be wiped down after each use, then the proper gear cleaning habits or hygiene of a pretty fluid and dynamic group of end-users of this rig.

 

Not to mention, the extra long cab to accommodate the new SCBA compartment and the top mount pump panel. He just built a rig that is probably running upwards of 36-38 feet overall length. Although it is Texas, I am sure the guy driving the truck will really appreciate the wheel base the next time he has to try and turn into the driveway and fit between the brick pillars of every Ewing estate look-alike. 

 

Yes, the PPE is going to collect far more carcinogens than any of our tools and SCBA ever will.  At least removing the SCBA from the passenger compartment is a start.  I think this is more of firefighter safety concern than it is a carcinogen concern, though.  Obviously, keeping firefighters seated and secured while the rig is in motion is good thing so that we can all make it to the scene safely.  Removing the action of trying to don the SCBA pack while the rig is moving reduces injury in the even of an accident (even if it is just the FF losing balance and falling out the seat during a hard turn).

 

Yes, proper gear cleaning will solve a lot of the issues of cleanliness, especially when it comes to firefighter health and safety.  Period.  You can't argue against that.  I just wish more firefighters would take better care of their gear and wash it on a regular basis.

 

Yes, the rig is going to be longer with this configuration.  Of course, a side mount pump panel helps reduce the overall length...BUT, the overall length and turning radius should be considered during the spec phase.  We're never going to be able to spec a truck to fit in every driveway in our districts, but we can at least consider most of them.  Heck, one of the trucks can be spec'ed for the tighter driveways, just so that there is something to make it to the front door!  

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