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Pump ratings are widely misinterpreted throughout the fire service industry. This misinterpretation is primarily due to the UL rating, which is obtained from a draft situation. Some fire apparatus are located in areas where they will draft at a majority of their incidents, while other apparatus might not even carry suction hose and will never be used in a drafting situation. In today’s economy fire companies are always looking for ways to save a few dollars, as well as ways to shrink the growing apparatus size. The pump and pump compartment are one such area where some money can be saved, and this is the primary location to affect wheelbase of the apparatus.
Posted: 6/29/2016 3:35:22 PM
For many years, the purchase of a piece of fire apparatus did not involve consideration of the actual electrical system being provided.  A hardwired point to point system was the standard, with each manufacturer providing variations of this method according to their designs and tendencies.
Posted: 1/18/2016 10:24:05 AM
The safest place in an accident is inside of the custom cab as proven through cab loading and crash testing.
Posted: 11/13/2015 7:10:41 AM
Brush trucks have many shapes and sizes, maybe more than any other type of fire apparatus, but they all have one defining characteristic – they are meant to operate beyond the pavement. The problem is that there aren’t any commercial truck chassis available on the market that are purpose-built for off-road use. 4x4 is a start, but it’s not the whole story. And sure, there are surplus military trucks, and more than a few departments have those, but those ex-military trucks often have limited availability, and more importantly, their condition is usually unknown in advance. So that makes it difficult to plan a fleet replacement just how and when you need it.
Posted: 10/23/2015 9:53:19 AM
Choosing the right purchasing model can save big bucks and help you land the right rig.
Posted: 7/23/2015 12:00:17 PM
In this post we'll share with you some of the common mistakes Fire Departments make when purchasing new fire apparatus, and how to avoid making those same​ mistakes.
Posted: 9/5/2014 1:47:01 PM
In this post we will continue sharing with you some of the common mistakes Fire Departments make when purchasing new fire apparatus and how to avoid making those same mistakes.
Posted: 9/5/2014 1:46:51 PM
This is the third and final post in the series that talks about common mistakes made when purchasing apparatus and how you can avoid them.
Posted: 9/5/2014 1:46:37 PM
Last week the KME team attended the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s (CFSI) 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars in Washington D.C. The CFSI was established in 1989 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute designed to educate members of Congress about the needs and challenges of our nation's fire and emergency services so that the federal government provides the types of training and funding needed by our first responders.
Posted: 5/6/2014 1:58:16 PM
KME recently delivered a very unique foam truck to the City of Long Beach, CA and we wanted to share some of the ideas the city had for the unit.
Posted: 12/31/2013 8:35:09 AM
We want to share with you a little bit about what Ultra High Pressure is and how it works.
Posted: 11/21/2013 2:54:51 PM