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  1. Did you have your head in Obama's lap during his apology tour? Take that liberal revisionist nonsense and shove it where the sun don't shine!
  2. That funding was done through the National Institute of Health. Guess who was the head of NIH at that time.
  3. I could go for several years without buying another thing made in China. How long can they go without enough food?
  4. Oshkosh JLTV's, built in Wisconsin. So far, there are 4 basic versions: M1278 heavy weapons carrier M1279 utility (2-door pickup) M1280 general purpose M1281 close combat weapons carrier These appear to be M1279 and M1280 models.
  5. Are you familiar with SPAAMFAA? They might be your best source. https://spaamfaa.org/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/61776127093/
  6. The governor of NY recently visited the State of Georgia for some meeting. These photos were taken of him observing mask and social distancing rules! I'm sure he will pay just as much attention to his own 14-day quarantine policy when he gets home! &#@%*$@ HYPOCRITE!
  7. While I agree with your statement on aggressiveness, my point was that not everyone on the rig needs to do so. I spent 23 years as a Driver and RARELY wore a BA while in that capacity. When I was filling in on "the seat", I came off the rig with a BA on. Our crews going inside are as aggressive as any I have ever seen. They do their own forcible entry, when needed, and don't wait on ventilation to go in. Most of our fires are knocked down with the first line and before the second engine arrives. Our first apparatus to come from the factory with SCBA seats was a 1992 Ford LN-9000/American. When I was hired in 1986, all SCBA's were either mounted in high-side compartments or carried in boxes in the rear compartments. I asked the Chief about mounting a BA in the jump seat of my engine, but he said no. I began carrying one on the seat next to me, but then they got worried that it might fall off while responding. After several weeks of debate, I was given the go-ahead to mount two on each engine.
  8. The IDIOT governor of NY has released another edict on the poor bastards who still live in that God-forsaken, liberal cesspool where I was born. His subjects are no longer permitted to go to a bar for a drink UNLESS they order food with that drink. This will immediately force all bars that do not serve food to close and go out of business. Apparently, going to a bar for a drink will cause one to catch the Covid, but going there to eat a burger and fries is safe! So glad I got out when I did! Remember, this garbage was NOT legislated, it was DICTATED!
  9. Marion Body Works is a "custom body builder". They build on both commercial chassis and on chassis specifically designed for the fire service, but they do not build chassis, like true "Custom" fire apparatus builders. There is not a "staffed, paid department" in the US that has "at least 5 guys who are ready to jump out with their SCBA on when they reach the scene", not even FDNY. Some FDNY engines have five person staffing, the "chauffeur" is the driver/pump operator and rarely goes inside on the initial attack. Most paid FD's run with an officer, a driver, and a firefighter. Lucky ones have two firefighters! Many paid FD's around the US have a driver and a firefighter. As for that cost comparison between custom and commercial, don't put too much stock in that $30,000 amount. It all depends on which chassis and which options are chosen. The spread could easily be twice that amount.
  10. None whatsoever. NFPA guidelines do not address whether or not a commercial chassis can be used or not. Any chassis used must meet certain criteria for NFPA compliance, but there is nothing that eliminates commercial chassis from that.
  11. I imagine that stats for that would be difficult to find on the internet, since most of it happened before the internet was in common use. It happened more often than you might think. Just riding there usually wasn't a problem unless the apparatus was involved in a collision. Guys were thrown everywhere and often run over by other vehicles. It wasn't just off the back, but on the sides and even guys riding in the "jump seats". A lawsuit from such an incident led to the demise of one of the major manufacturers back in the 1980's.
  12. Several changes in apparatus design, beginning in 1991. All Firefighters must ride in seated/belted/enclosed positions. Other things include availability of ABS brakes, air bags, lower governed speeds, and reflective striping for better visibility. More recent developments include two related, but different, concepts called "Clean Cab". One concept removes all items from riding positions that can become flying objects during a wreck/rollover. The other involves banning contaminated items, such as PPE and SCBA, from being placed inside the cab.
  13. Not sure where you got your numbers, but the US Fire Administration shows 82 LODD for 2018 and 87 for 2017. 2019 saw only 57, but previous years have been higher. 2016 - 89 2015 - 90 2014 - 94 2013 - 97 2012 - 81 Back in the 1980's, the numbers were more like 400/year. A huge safety initiative has reduced the LODD totals to those we have these days. Better health/fitness programs, safer apparatus and improved equipment have all contributed to the reduction.
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