20 years earlier. Peters
wrote the department’s
(LDH) standard operating procedure (SOP) and
supervised the introduction of LDH supply
hose as standard feed
lines for the department. He wrote the specifications for the department’s first mask service unit that could supply spare breathing
air cylinders as well as refill on the fire scene.
After a number of aerial ladder accidents
across the country, he wrote the fire department’s aerial safety SOP.
He has written more than 100 articles
for Fire Engineering; the pamphlet “Final
Farewell to a Fallen Firefighter”; the book
Fire Apparatus Purchasing Handbook; and
the apparatus chapters in the Fire Chief ’s
Handbook and produced a video of how to
efficiently perform factory inspections of new
Peters has worked with the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
(NIOSH) Firefighter Fatality Investigation
Unit, examining aerial apparatus that were
involved in serious or fatal accidents. As a
result of these investigations and published
reports, critical changes have been incorporated into apparatus standards to help prevent future accidents.
Since his retirement from the department,
Peters continues to assist fire departments
with their apparatus justification and pur-
chasing needs and is on the NFPA apparatus
committee as a special expert .
The Lifetime Achievement Award is
named for Tom Brennan, who was the editor of Fire Engineering for eight years and a
Tips for Apparatus
BY BILL ADAMS
Here are some of my observations for
apparatus purchasing committees:
■ It was impressive to see so many types of
apparatus in various configurations by
such a wide range of manufacturers in one
place at one time. And, it happens yearly.
Fire departments purchasing apparatus
that only attend regional shows are missing out—there’s no comparison.
■ Regardless of liking or understanding
electronics, get used to the technology. Component part suppliers and apparatus manufacturers are not going to
build equipment with outdated controls
because old timers or the uneducated
don’t understand electronics.
■ The pumper-rescue design is now
the industry standard. Just remem-
ber: there’s only so much that will fit in
one space. It appears more emphasis is
placed on making everything fit on a rig
than there is on functionality in getting
the equipment off the rig safely.
■ Pay particular attention to apparatus
with equipment and hose already loaded.
It’s better than looking at a blueprint.
■ Lightbars are larger and brighter and have
more features than they did six or seven
years ago. What doesn’t get the attention it deserves is lower level lighting. An
antique 1953 Seagrave pumper displayed
at the show had three moving red lights
below windshield level. A “figure 8” light
was side-cowl-mounted below the driver’s windshield, and a “triple 8” light was
mounted on each front fender. Two stationary 5-inch or 6-inch red flashers
were bumper-mounted well away from
the headlights. Just because a concept or
theory is old does not mean it’s outdated. It also had a red flasher just above the
windshield on each side plus the obligatory two-lamp red beacon ray. You can
see it coming even when it’s close to your
bumper and you know exactly what it is.
■ The FDIC exhibit area is huge. If you’re
looking to buy rather than just browse,
get a floor plan and preplan your visit.
Take plenty of photos—even of manufac-
turers’ rigs you are not familiar with. Ask
for prints and specs.
■ Pay more attention to the product than
the glitz and glitter.
New Cab and Chassis
BY CHRIS MC LOONE
The news E-ONE was keeping close to
its vest before FDIC International 2015 is the
introduction of a completely new E-ONE
product: the HS Series. According to Jay
Johnson, vice president of sales and product management, “Thirty years ago, E-ONE
introduced a very innovative product, branded ‘Hush,’ that was engineered around a
very specific engine package and pump with
gearbox that actually became significant
constraints or limitations because of their
respective availability and customer preference,” he says. “E-ONE learned a tremendous
amount from the product history and was
able to leverage that experience as well as new
technologies to engineer a completely new
chassis with multiple cab style options as well
as a completely new body design.” That product is the HS Series.
“A year or so ago, there were some discussions that said we have a different way to do
William C. Peters.
Photo by Chris Mc Loone.