2015 Apparatus Specification & Vehicle Maintenance Symposium
The annual apparatus symposium is the only conference dedicated to providing a better understanding of fire apparatus and ambulances to the emergency services industry. Presentations from leading industry figures, apparatus and equipment manufactures provide the attendee with a wide range of factual data. Break-out sessions and networking events provide a forum for sharing personal experiences with your peers. Questions from participants are always encouraged, and valuable knowledge is gained by attendees and presenters alike.
Symposium runs Sunday, January 18th 1pm through Tuesday evening, January 20th 2015.
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Who should attend this conference?
Fire Chief or EMS Director
As a fire chief or EMS director, the most expensive tools in your inventory are your vehicles. As with any tool, they need to be suitable for the job, and must be maintained and serviced regularly. Attend this symposium to stay current with the latest developments in apparatus and ambulance safety, and be the first to hear about trends for the future. This knowledge will help guide you in making decisions regarding this most expensive of assets, your vehicle fleet.
Fire Department Safety Officer
NFPA 1521 states that “ The health and safety officer shall review specifications for new apparatus [and]… assist with making recommendations regarding the evaluation of new equipment [and]… the service testing of apparatus and equipment”. Attend this symposium to gain the background necessary to make these recommendations and evaluations in an informed manner.
Apparatus or Ambulance Procurement Personnel
Every member of an apparatus or ambulance purchasing committee will benefit from the presentations given at this symposium. In addition to learning about emergency vehicle options, features, and trends, the symposium provides ample opportunity for networking. Learn from the experts during the presentations, and then ask your peers what they think during the break.
Fire Apparatus or Ambulance Mechanic
Whether you are a shop supervisor, a certified EVT, or a truck mechanic who gets the occasional emergency vehicle in your bay, this symposium has learning opportunities that will help you gain a broader understanding of the unique challenges that emergency vehicles pose.
2014 PROGRAMS INCLUDED:
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Brian Crawford, Fire Chief Plano,TX
TRAFFIC INCIDENT MANAGEMENT & RESPONDER SAFETY TRAIN-THE-TRAINER – Jack Sullivan, Director of Training – Emergency Responder Institute
An overview of the safety hazards present at roadway incidents and a series of "Best Practices" designed to help protect emergency response personnel, save lives, prevent injuries and clear incidents quickly to resume normal traffic flow. Accidents involving emergency personnel struck by vehicles while working emergency scenes on all types of roadways are reviewed and discussed and recommendations on how to protect your personnel and the incident scene are presented. Attend this session to create awareness of a rapidly growing safety hazard, to encourage the development of training and safe operating procedures to safeguard emergency personnel, other motorists and the victims of the original incidents while operating on roads and highways, and to provide for safe, quick clearance to restore traffic flow as soon as possible.
AMBULANCE COT MOUNTING AND EQUIPMENT STORAGE – Jim Green – NIOSH, Paul Holzapfel – Wheeled Coach
Loose equipment inside the ambulance patient compartment can become dangerous projectiles during a crash. This session will discuss the testing being done to obtain data on Cot and equipment mounting, how the results may impact ambulance design, and a crystal ball look at the potential future changes to NFPA 1917 that may result.
ENGINE CHANGES TO MEET EPA REGULATIONS – Chris Crowel (Cummins) and Creighton Pritzlaff (Navistar)
The EPA has one more engine regulation change in process. Engines are changing to improve fuel economy and reduce carbon footprint. Attend this session to hear what the engine manufactures are doing to meet the 2014 regulations.
APPARATUS SEATING AND OCCUPANT RESTRAINTS – Jim Chinni – IMMI, Jeff Krueger – USSC, Jeremy Andringa – Pierce Mfg.
Apparatus manufacturers continue to improve on occupant seating and restraints despite the many challenges that the fire service presents. Attend this session to gain an in-depth understanding of the trade-offs the apparatus committee will be faced with during the spec-writing process.
ALLISON TRANSMISSION FEATURES, DIAGNOSTICS, AND TROUBLESHOOTING
Nearly every large fire apparatus and many ambulances today run with an Allison transmission. Attend this session to learn the difference between models, what features are available, care and maintenance tips, and simple signs to look for and avoid trouble down the road.
HOW DO YOU HOLD YOUR HOSE?
NFPA 1901 incorporated hose restraints into the standard in 2007 after some tragic incidents spurred action. There are still many older apparatus without restraint systems that place the communities they serve at risk. Attend this session to learn about the many methods available to hold hose in place and how to retrofit older apparatus with effective solutions.
VEHICLE DATA RECORDER – THE FIRE CHIEF’S FRIEND
Every apparatus since 2009 has included a Vehicle Data Recorder. Attend this session to learn what your VDR will do, how it works, and what benefits it can have for your department.
APPARATUS SAFETY FEATURE JUSTIFICATION – Roger Lacklore – Pierce Mfg.
Apparatus and equipment manufacturers continue to offer options that improve safety of personnel working on and around the equipment. Some of these features are mandated by NFPA, but many more are not. In other cases, NFPA may mandate a feature, but there are alternative ways to satisfy the requirements. Attend this session to learn methods of justifying the additional cost of non-mandated safety features on your next apparatus.
AMBULANCE INTERIOR CLIMATE CONTROL
Keeping the EMT and the patient in an ambulance comfortable is not an easy task. Ambulance HVAC systems must be designed to provide adequate performance with limited chassis equipment capabilities. Learn about the need to focus on HVAC needs during the specification process and the alternative approaches being offered in the ambulance market.
ENGINE DPF AND SCR GUIDANCE
Diesel engines have undergone significant changes in the past few years. Diesel particulate filters and selective catalyst reduction have cleaned the exhaust but added complexity. Attend this session to review the Fire Apparatus Manufacturer’s guidance on how to avoid problems with these systems.
AMBULANCE SUSPENSION SYSTEMS
One of the chief complaints of ambulances is the poor ride quality in the patient compartment. This is an inherent problem of using a truck chassis that is built to carry heavy cargo loads and using it to transport people. Attend this session to learn about ways that aftermarket suspensions can improve the ride quality of the EMT and patient riding in the back.
PITFALLS OF AVOIDING APPARATUS INSPECTIONS – Craig Dougherty- Detroit FD
NFPA 1911 specifies many apparatus inspections procedures that should be performed on a daily, monthly, or annual basis. Fire departments can save time and money in the short term by postponing or neglecting these inspections entirely. But what are the long-term consequences of failing to inspect? Attend this session to understand the basic inspection and maintenance requirements for apparatus and get a first-hand description of things that can go wrong if inspection and maintenance are neglected.
LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF APPARATUS SPECS – James Juneau, of Juneau, Boll, Stacy & Ucherek, PLLC
The ever-popular Jim Juneau will be speaking about legal exposure to fire departments.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
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