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HME Video Podcast Compilation

HME Podcast featuring Stephanie Weinstein

HME Video Podcasts are hosted by Stephanie and Liza, direct from HME Headquarters. Watch for a new HME Podcast coming your way every week, Monday through Wednesday.

If you have missed any of the HME Video Podcasts over the past few months, here’s your chance to catch up with a compilation of podcasts featuring the latest HME News and new HME Fire Trucks, direct from HME Headquarters in Wyoming, Michigan. These weekly video podcasts are hosted by HME’s Stephanie Weinstien and Liza Parsons, and provide  a quick and close-up look at what’s happening at HME today.

You can watch the latest HME Video Podcasts by visiting the HME YouTube Channel, or by going  to the HME website at www.firetrucks.com. Make sure to friend us on HME’s FaceBook page to see the HME Podcasts the moment they are released!

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HME Hot Shot Photo Contest

Interface Action from the ground and air

An HME Ahrens-Fox fire apparatus caught in a spectacular interface scene. Share your best "hot-shots" of an HME like this and receive a collectible HME Centennial Pilsner.

Here’s your chance to show the world your best fire-fighting, action photography. If you have a great shot of an HME Fire Truck in action, or in a dramatic setting, send it to HME and receive a collectible HME Ahrens-Fox Centennial Pilsner.

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HME Podcast MiniEvo

HME Podcast: HME MiniEvo Crew Cab

The first HME Podcast is up an running. Featured in today’s HME Podcast is a new HME MiniEvo™ in a crew cab configuration. This HME MiniEvo™ features a 1500 GPM pump which puts its fire suppression capability far above that of traditional pumpers. While this four-door HME MiniEvo™ also features a 400-gallon poly water tank, [...]

The HME PackRat Compact commercial Rescue

HME PackRat to the Rescue!

HME designers and engineers have come to the rescue of fire departments and muncipalities experiencing a growing demand for specialized and technical rescue operations with the new HME PackRat™.  In high volume call environments the HME PackRat™ provides a cost-effective, yet highly efficient, dedicated commercial rescue apparatus option to meet the need for specialized service. [...]

HME Tilt Cab Engineering, another industry first.

HME: A Century of Engineering Innovation

HME has provided the heavy-duty transportation industry and the fire industry with a 100-years of forward-thinking engineering firsts. From founder Magnus Hendrickson’s ground-breaking axle and suspension innovations in 1913, the first  tilt-cab design for a fire apparatus in 1983, to the introduction of the first Compressed Natural Gas Fire and Rescue truck, and touch-screen pump [...]

HME Storage Solutions

HME Storage Solutions to the Rescue

HME engineers and designs storage solutions to maximize capacity for equipment, gear, hoses and tools, as well as improving crew efficiency. Be sure to take an inside look into the innovations and progress HME has made in optimizing storage and performance, as well as the impact it’s making on today’s Heavy Rescue and Rescue Pumpers [...]

HME Scorpion 104' Aerial with tandem steer and dual drive rear axles.

HME Scorpion Strikes Back in HME Two-Minute-Drill Video

Take a quick ride with the HME Scorpion™ in another new HME Two-Minute-Drill video. It’s as fast and exciting as the HME Scorpion is in action. The first tandem steer axle and dual drive aerial in the fire industry, the HME Scorpion offers exceptional maneuverability, safety and enhanced capability along with a number of industry-first-innovations [...]

The HME MiniMax™ is a game changer in the world of mini-pumper design.

HME MiniEvo™Video and Countdown to FDIC 2013

Another fast-moving HME video featuring the new HME MiniEvo™ for 2013. Watch this video and other HME videos on the HME YouTube Channel. The list of HME Fire Trucks to make an appearance at this year’s FDIC in Indianapolis, April 22-27, 2013, is being made right now. One of the stars of last year’s show was [...]

Made in Michigan Badge on the door of an HME Fire truck

HME It’s Michigan Made TV – The 2-Minute Drill

If you haven’t seen the “It’s Michigan Made” television program that aired in 2012 on WXYZ, Detroit, here’s a chance to watch it from our new, condensed 2-minute-drill HME video collection, now available on the HME YouTube Channel. In 120-seconds you’ll catch all the highlights and best features of HME fire trucks, innovations, technology and [...]

Magnus Hendrickson, Founder of Hendrickson Truck Company, 1913

HME Centennial 1913 – 2013

HME Ahrens-Fox is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2013. We’ll be sharing the history and traditions of the company, along with some of the most notable fire trucks over the past decades, during the coming year.

The HME MiniMax™ is a game changer in the world of mini-pumper design.

HME MiniEvo Breaks-Out in 2013 HME YouTube Video

The HME MiniEvo™ has  made its 2013 video debut on the HME YouTube Channel. See the evolution of mini-pumper design and engineering and see how HME engineers have expanded the capacity and capability of traditional mini-pumpers without sacrificing the maneuverability and economy that have been the mainstays of mini-pumper designs for over 40 years.

HME Silver Fox on country road

The 2012 HME Fab Five

While HME produces a wide range of fire apparatus to meet every need for every fire department around the world, five HME Fire Trucks stood out as fan favorites in 2012. We like to call them the HME Fab Five. Is your favorite HME Fire Truck on the list? If it’s not, let us know!

At HME we build safe, quality fire apparatus - not lemons!

Lemons in the Fire Truck Industry?

At HME we’re dedicated to building the best fire trucks possible. HME Fire Apparatus aren’t  just designed smart and built tough, but are made to deliver dependable service and the highest level of performance and safety possible. HME fire trucks are engineered and manufactured, down to the last detail, nut, bolt, durable stainless steel panels [...]

HME Fire Truck on the Mackinac Bridge

HME Made-For-America Television Hits the Airwaves

“Over the Wildlands of the West, the Great Lakes, the winding roads of the East, America depends on its hometown firefighters, and its HME Fire trucks …” This is just part of the narrative and the beginning of the HME Made-for-America television spot now hitting the airwaves nationally. This production is an expanded and national [...]

The HME Scorpion Strikes in Newly Released Video

The new HME Scorpion™ full-length video is now up for viewing and sharing on the HME YouTube Channel. Not only will you feel like you’re riding along on this unique, tandem steer axle and dual rear drive 104′ Platform aerial, through our multiple camera angles, you’ll also get to meet one the scariest and creepiest [...]

HME MiniMax™

Evolution of the Mini-Pumper: A Closer Look at the HME MiniEvo

The new HME MiniEvo™ brings a new level of performance and fire suppression capability and power to the world of standard mini-pumper design. Introduced to the industry at FDIC 2012, the HME MiniEvo™ sparked a flurry of interest throughout the show. This innovative and affordable solution hit the mark for budget minded fire departments looking for [...]

HME Scorpion Symbol

The HME Scorpion comes alive and is ready to strike!

The HME Scorpion is just a few days away from being unleashed at this year’s FDIC. Make sure you’re there for the unveiling of this breakthrough in engineering, design, and innovation from HME. Be one of the first 100 visitors to the HME Booth #9434 and receive a free HME Scorpion™ Souvenir. Until then, enjoy [...]

HME MiniMax™

One more for the road: The HME MiniEvo rolls to Indy

HME will be rolling out a number of new and exciting fire apparatus designs at this year’s FDIC in Indianapolis. In addition to the unveiling of the new HME Scorpion™, and the appearance of this year’s new star in rural fire-fighting, the HME RedFox™, as well as the return of America’s best value in custom [...]

HME Scorpion Symbol

HME Scorpion™ Ready To Strike At FDIC 2012

No one, and we mean no one, except the designers, engineers and builders at HME have seen the new HME Scorpion™. By looking at our friend above do you have any idea what kind of fire apparatus the Scorpion™ could be? It has eight legs and it’s quick,  maneuverable and has the ability to scurry [...]

HME Boot the the 2011 FDIC

HME is on the way to FDIC 2012

It’s time once again for the FDIC,  beginning this April 16th, 2012, at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. If you haven’t attended the FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference) before, it is the largest fire fighter training conference of its kind in the world. It’s a week filled with hands-on training, classroom sessions, and [...]

HME CAL Fire 34C

HME at Center of Firehouse World Exposition

HME was quite literally at the center of the 2012 Firehouse World Exposition in San Diego, positioned in Booth #1537. With such a central location, at the hub of the San Diego Convention Center, action swirled around HME fire trucks during the five day show which concluded this February 23rd. This year’s Firehouse World Exposition drew [...]

Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera on the set of NBC's The Voice

Cee Lo Green Says Thank You to Firefighters In a Music Video

Entertainer, singer, songwriter, producer and television host Cee Lo Green is everywhere. From his recent appearances at the Grammys, his Super Bowl halftime show and as host of  NBC’s hit show The Voice, Cee Lo Green is one busy entertainer. But while he may be enjoying the spotlight of fame and working around the clock [...]

This East Kingston 3000 Gallon Tanker is a perfect example of what it takes to join the HME 3000 Club

The HME 3000 Club – Big Boy Tankers and Tenders

This month’s HME Pumper Press is all about Tanker, Tender and Pumper Tanker engineering, stability and safety. There’s also a special section of this month’s Pumper Press dedicated to that specialized group of tankers and tenders that belong in the 3000 gallon Big Boy Tanker class, or as we like to call it, the HME [...]

HME Fire Truck in LIFE Magazine photo gallery

California In Flames LIFE Magazine Photo Gallery: No Longer Available Online

If you read the about the California In Flames story and photo gallery in the recent NEWS FLASH in your Pumper Press (Issue 5), and were looking for the HME CAL FIRE truck featured in the gallery (pictured above), we are sorry to say it is now unavailable online. Right after going to press it appears [...]

HME Fire Truck on the Mackinac Bridge

HME Aerial Welcomed to Mackinac Island

An HME fan passed along this television news story (from Michigan’s 7 &4 News covering the northern tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula). The news story covers how this unique HME Aerial was shipped and welcomed onto Mackinac Island by the fire chief, mayor, and a retired fire fighter, and how it’s now playing an important [...]

Fire Chief Robert McGrath

Robert McGrath Returns to Duty as Fire Chief in Stratford, Connecticut

Only months after retiring from the Stamford Fire Department, in Stamford, Connecticut, Robert McGrath has returned to active duty as the Fire Chief of the Stratford Fire Department, in Stratford, Connecticut. After serving in the Stamford Fire Department for 41-years, and in the past 11-years in the capacity of Stamford Fire Chief, McGrath made the move only [...]

HME Silver Fox on country road

HME Made-In-Michigan Television Commercial Hits the Airwaves

HME is proud to make some of the best fire trucks you’ll find in the world today, right here in the state of Michigan. To showcase our dedication to designed smart, built-tough, quality Made-In-Michigan fire trucks, HME has recently produced and released a television commercial that gives viewers an idea of what the pure Michigan experience [...]

The Michigan Firemen's Memorial Festival Program payed tribute to HME's support of this year's event.

Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival 2011: A Made-In-Michigan Success Story

The Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival has been celebrating the lives, bravery and dedication of Michigan Firefighters for 32 years. This year’s 2011 Festival drew thousands of visitors from across the country, and around the world, for its traditional memorial services, parades, demonstrations and exhibition of Made-In-Michigan fire apparatus at the Roscommon Fire Training Grounds, formerly [...]

Fire Truck Flips in Indiana City Accident

HME Fire Trucks: Built Tough. Built Safe. Built So Everyone Goes Home At The End Of The Day.

The scenario fire fighters dread more than any other is being delayed on their way to a fire or emergency – or in the worst case scenario not being able to make it there at all. The possibility of danger or an accident is potentially waiting around every turn and at every traffic light when [...]

HME Axxess Screen

HMEAxxess Phone App Now Available for Droid!

The HMEAxxcess phone app  is now available for all of you Droid users out there! Now you can download and start using this exciting FREE phone app for your Droid smartphone with just a quick trip to your favorite Android Market App Store. Already available  for  iPhone and iPad users, HMEAxxess connects you instantly to everything [...]

HME Red Fox

Catch The New HME Red Fox for Affordable Performance and Quality

The HME Red Fox taking a moment to rest in its natural habitat. HME is proud to announce the release of its all new HME Red Fox™. If you haven’t already heard about the HME Red Fox before and have not had a chance to view the new HME Red Fox video that’s now available [...]

Interface Action from the ground and air

For The Latest Fire Service And Fire Industry News: HMEAxxess

HMEAxxess lets you know instantly where the action is in the fire fighting industry. From Spokane to Springfield, Chicago to New Orleans, you’ll have immediate access to the latest national fire industry, fire service, and incident news with the new HMEAxxess phone app, now available on iTunes. One of the smart features people are already [...]

HME Silver Fox

HME Drive Trains: The Perfect Balance of Power and Performance

HME Fire Trucks are known throughout the fire truck industry for their best-in-industry turn radius,  superior fire fighting capability and technology, efficient storage capacities, as well as the durability and long service lives of their stainless steel bodies. But what is sometimes over-looked, just because it’s expected of HME engineering quality, is the torque, strength, [...]

HMEAxxess screen shot

HMEAxxess App Now Available On iTunes

HME is proud to announce their new iPhone/iPad app, HMEAxxess, has released to the general public on iTunes. This FREE app is currently designed for your iPhone and iPad and connects you to everything “HME” with just one touch. Now, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’ll be one touch away from the  world [...]

HME Tilt-Cab Technology

HME Innovations Provided Today’s Modern Era of Fire Apparatus With a Lift

The design of today’s era of modern fire apparatus owes a debt of gratitude to one of the most significant innovations ever introduced to the industry by HME.  HME designers and engineers were the first to bring the tilt-cab design function to the fire apparatus industry. One of the most notable fire truck innovations of all [...]

MAD DOG CAFS effective performance

THE MAD DOG Days of Summer: Compressed Air Foam Systems to the Rescue

It wasn’t that long ago that CAFS (compressed air foam systems) were something new, almost a novelty in the fire industry. Early developers of the system would visit fire departments and spray the outside walls of the fire house with foam to demonstrate how the fire smothering “foam” could stick to a vertical wall and [...]

HME Custom Pumper

HME: A Stainless Reputation in Fire Apparatus Manufacturing

Apart from the quality, engineering, superior design and innovations, what separates HME Fire Apparatus from the rest of the fire trucks in the world? An HME Custom Pumper is the perfect showcase for  the class, durability, and sustainability of stainless steel. If your answer was stainless steel, you know your HME fire trucks inside and [...]

HME Mini Armada

HME Rodent Packs Big Storage and Fire Suppression Solutions in One Small Package

There are standard and commercial solutions that can sometimes effectively fit the general requirements of a fire department. Then, there are  custom build solutions, where a fire apparatus is specifically  designed and equipped to meet individual demands and push the limits and capabilities of an apparatus to a whole new level. One of a kind [...]

HME RAT Rapid Attack Truck

HME Ahrens-Fox Best-In-Industry Turn Radius

Whether it’s scurrying down urban alleys, or running wide-open on twisting two-tracks, nobody can out-turn or out-manuever an HME Ahrens-Fox®. Ride along with us on our latest HME YouTube Channel installment as we put the pedal down to explore the limits of the HME Best-In-Industry Turn Radius on narrow city streets and alleyways. Our industry [...]

HME Hydra Technology Valve Controls

HME Ahrens-Fox Introduces 2011 Video Series With Hydra Technology

In the next few weeks HME Ahrens-Fox will be introducing a series of new HME videos featuring the industry leading HME innovations you’ll find integrated into every designed smart and built tough HME fire apparatus. You’ll also be able to view the entire of collection of HME videos on the dedicated HME YouTube Channel, as they become available. [...]

HME Wildland Attack

The Year of the Wildfire and HME Wildland Fire Trucks

Nationwide, wildfires have burned almost as many acres in the first half of 2011 as were recorded by the National Interagency Center for all of last year. The agency reports that 3.1 million acres in the United States had been ignited by wildfires as of May 31st of this year, compared with a total of [...]

HME Type 1 Interface

HME Type 1 Interface – Born and Raised in the Wild West

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” right? Well the necessities of CAL Fire and the California EMA (Emergency Management Agency), along with California’s Mother Nature, certainly could be considered the mother of today’s HME Type 1 Interface. Lets start with the necessities of Cal Fire and Cal EMA. For those who are not familiar with California’s [...]

Featured #5

HME Hometown Heroes: GRFD Video Series Targets Fire Prevention And Safety

At HME we’re dedicated to building innovative fire apparatus designed to serve the specific needs of individual fire departments to protect lives and property. While great fire apparatus play an important part in fighting deadly and damaging fires, in our cities and communities, it’s important to remember that sometimes the best line of defense against [...]

Custom toolbox full of HME signature hot sauces and other prizes

HME Ahrens-Fox Red-Hot Sweepstakes

Enter on the official HME Facebook page to win! Click Toolbox to Enter Now through June 20th, 2011, it’s your chance to spice up your fire department’s kitchen and BBQ by entering the HME Ahrens-Fox Red-Hot Sweepstakes. Winners will receive an HME Stainless Steel Tool box, carrying the official HME Ahrens-Fox Badge, filled with a [...]

The SFRD HME Silverfox® with its 2,000-gallon water tank is capable of self-support in areas of Stamford where hydrant access is limited.

Stamford Connecticut : Unique Fire & Rescue Challenges Demand Unique Solutions

Apart from everyday dangers and risks, serving as Fire Chief in Stamford, Connecticut (see Farewell To The Chief) is not an easy task for any man, or woman. Located on the coastline of Long Island Sound, Stamford is only 35-miles east of New York City, and 40-miles southwest of New Haven. Not only does Stamford Fire [...]

Stamford Fire and Rescue Chief Robert McGrath

Farewell To The Chief: Stamford Fire & Rescue Chief McGrath Announces Retirement

“All men are created equal, then a few become firemen.” ~Author Unknown Many of you are already aware that Stamford Fire & Rescue’s Chief McGrath has made plans to retire at the end of this summer. Here at HME, we wanted to take a moment to pay a tribute to the Chief, his accomplishments and [...]

The distinctive Ahrens-Fox Chrome Sphere was an innovative and technological step forward in smoothing pump flow

HME Ahrens-Fox: Continuing a Legacy of Innovation and Quality

“I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut Sometimes it takes an artist, even one as unlikely as Kurt Vonnegut, to put what we see and feel we have into words. Those who appreciate and understand the beauty of a quality fire apparatus [...]

HME fire apparatus work to extinguish the fire in the Kindle Furniture building in Grand Rapids, MI

HME Answers the Call to Historic Fire in its Own Backyard: 100 Year Old Kindel Factory Fire

Various HME fire apparatus, from all over Grand Rapids, were called to the historic Kindel Furniture factory fire, on Monday afternoon, May 9, 2011.   HME Fire Trucks And Kindel Furniture: Both Handcrafted In Grand Rapids Various HME Rescue Pumpers, from stations throughout the Grand Rapids Fire Department system, were called to the factory fire at [...]


California Greening: The HME CNG Cruises Hermosa Beach

    When you think of California, and Southern California in particular, what comes to mind first? If you’re old, it’s probably the Mama’s and Papa’s California Dreaming, or the Beach Boys melodies about surfing and their Little Deuce Coupe. If you’re from the younger generation it’s more likely Snoop Dogg and Katie Perry rapping [...]