I am looking into the inefficiencies of using fire apparatus' as primary response vehicles in urban settings.

 Here survey with questions on this topic that will help me greatly

Inefficiencies such as

  • Energy consumption
  • Using such a large vehicle for simple calls that do not require their full potential
  • Issues with maneuvering such a large vehicle through traffic and small streets
  • Overall driving performance related to response times. (current apparatus’ are slow and handle poorly


I am looking for input from anybody that may have something to say on this


Here are some primer questions to get conversation going

  1. Where do you see room for improvement in current fire apparatus’?
  2. What are the most commonly used tools and features of the emergency response vehicles you use?
  3. Can you identify recent trends in the market place? (newer features / benefits) …. How have they been accepted?
  4. What limitations do you see in current emergency response vehicles?
  5. What aspects of your emergency response vehicle could be made more "streamlined"?
  6. What are typical risks involved in using an emergency response vehicle?  Are there any repetitive injury risks?
  7. Would a smaller vehicle be more effective for primary response calls?


Here survey with questions on this topic that will help me greatly




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for urban areas a well equipped utility truck can handle a small fire but if equipped with the strainers and draft lines they can easily set up at the nearest river or pond  in the event that extra water is needed.

tankers and pumpers supply the initial supply but in the absence of a good hydrant there is where the equipped utility or primary is the best advantage.

proper and adequate planning is the bible to rely on for rural firefighting.


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