Advancements in Pumpers:
The modern history of fire pumpers can be traced back to the late 19th century, when fire pumpers such as the Ronald steam-powered, horse drawn pumper was used. In many areas, private horse-team owners were relied upon to pull these pumpers when the fire bell was rung. The early 1900s saw the popularization of gasoline engine and chain driven fire pumper. Today, fire pumpers are technological marvels. Many are built on custom truck platforms, but they are upgraded to meet the specifications of the fire departments they are being built for. These are built for high durability, with upgraded suspension, tires, brakes, transmission, alternator, and cooling systems. The speed limiter is typically removed, and adjustments are made to accommodate the long idling periods (“History of the Fire Engine”).
The electronics are also typically custom designed. These include visual and audible warnings. They also often include a two-way radio that allows them to maintain communication with dispatch, with modern systems based on GSM systems, like TETRA.
The fire pumper often has a mobile data terminal that gives them the ability to wirelessly call up information including maps and incident logs. Some pumpers even have closed-circuit television (CCTV) that records the activity around the truck while it is out on a call (“History of the Fire Engine”). Works Cited “Choosing a Handline Nozzle.” Akron Brass Company. n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2010.