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...and sometimes I just feel the need to be silly!!  I do find it humorous to walk the streets of Indianapolis during FDIC and see the sea of hulking SUV's lining the parking lanes and garages. I'm just glad the Hummer craze didn't catch on in the fire service - oy!




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Comment by Nick Morgan on July 26, 2011 at 11:14am

LOL!  New apparatus reminds me of my favorite rock band, KISS.  Every show has to be bigger and "badder" than the last one!


Stay safe!

Comment by Paul Combs on July 10, 2011 at 8:29am
LOL! Michael, we had to retrofit our bay doors to make way for a new Sutphen engine at the beginning of this year. It's a monster, and it's equipped with everything but an espresso machine (and I requested that, too)! I've got to say, my favorite rig is our Mack CF pumper - she's in a reserve roll, but I LOVE driving that truck! Perfect size!
Comment by Michael Bricault (ret) on July 9, 2011 at 11:53am

-Paul, it is funny because its TRUE!! Fire apparatus in many communities has gotten out of hand in the size that these trucks are coming in at. Many times the new truck barely fits in the station and will not access the same areas of town that the old one could.

-I think the best thing that could happen to fire apparatus is that it be made available in a 3/4 size, thus forcing people to actually have to think about what they put on the truck, evaluating the effectiveness and practicality of carried equipment. 

Comment by Joe Marini on July 8, 2011 at 11:21am
Need somewhere to put all the lights, atleast that's the case for my department
Comment by Paul Combs on July 7, 2011 at 9:59pm
Thanks, Chris!
Comment by Chris Wiggins on July 7, 2011 at 9:56pm
Hahahahaha....   Some of the new apparatus def puts out an "Overkill" statement...   Another great cartoon, Thank u sir!  LoL
Comment by Paul Combs on July 7, 2011 at 4:27pm
I know... but it's still comical:)  We just purchased a new Sutphen pumper and it's enormous! Unfortunately it will be packed to the brim in just a few short years!
Comment by Ron Ayotte on July 7, 2011 at 4:18pm
The fire service has had to go to SUVs for command vehicles for everything we have to carry now. Pumpers, Aerials and Rescues have grown in size for the same reason!
Comment by Paul Combs on July 7, 2011 at 4:01pm
BTW: There's a great book on the history of Chief vehicles called First To The Flames. Here's the Amazon link

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