HOW FIRE APPARATUS MANUFACTURERS DEVELOP NEW PRODUCTS

This article is for anyone who has ever seen firemen in action and wondered to themselves about all the cool equipment they use for battling blazes. Since every county in the USA must by law have its own fully operational fire crew, fire apparatus manufacturers stay pretty busy designing new items that are aimed at providing the nation with the best options for putting out fires. Below we look at how firefighting tools are developed, and how they finally end up being used by a firefighter in a community near you.

Firefighting apparatuses are designed very specifically for different kinds of firefighting. Each part of the country and each fire squad’s individual areas must have fire equipment designed according to its needs, so product development begins on the field. Major fire equipment makers will usually have an equipment designer and innovator out in the field with an active firefighting crew, watching and learning what they can do to make their tools better suited for that crew. There are two main types of fire equipment produced today, urban and rural. Urban fire equipment must be smaller and able to adjust to different heights more easily, while rural fire equipment tends to be made with conquering difficult terrain in mind. Even though fire equipment is broken down into two main groups, there are in fact, dozens of different types of fire equipment designed specifically for different areas of operation. Major fire equipment makers such as, www.bmefire.com, have several dozen lines of different fire equipment which they develop in the field alongside firefighters each year. Once a fire product developer has spent time with a fire crew, he will then bring his design ideas into the equipment fabrication area of the business.

Any fire truck apparatus must meet a long line of requirements when it comes to its manufacturing, as the tools produced will later go on to be part of firefighting teams which are federally budgeted. Only the highest grade materials can be used when a fire apparatus is being produced, and only the top rated machine shops can bring the manufacturing plans to actual production. Since most fire equipment makers don’t have their own production plants, all of the plants which they do use have to meet the high industry standards which are required of them by the federal government. Once the firefighting tools have been finished they will go on to the final stage of testing.

In order to make sure a firefighting apparatus isn’t at risk of failing right at the moment when it is most needed, it will first be subjected to a list of field tests which are the last step used for protecting against problems with the equipment. The trail tests for fire equipment will use actual fires set up to burn in controlled areas and real life firemen and women. If the fire equipment passes the final test and a fire crew member gives it the thumbs up, only then will it be able to be distributed among fire stations across the country.