Apparatus: Today’s Safety Concerns
Apparatus are used to perform more tasks today than in the past. Scene blocking, traffic control, lighting, SCBA refilling, disaster response and EMS response are examples that can affect how an apparatus is engineered. Interior cab design, such as seat size and the clean cab concept, may also change the interior design and the materials used within the cabs. Exterior storage for SCBA and PPE may alter cab design. Aerial ladder ascent safety devices are now a topic of concern after multiple fire fighter falls. As always, safety must be a primary consideration in the design of apparatus. Additionally, this workshop will discuss concerns from apparatus accidents regarding safety.