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 leading 52˚turning/cramp angle (with tires mounted!) delivers the best turning radius performance you’ll find anywhere in the fire apparatus manufacturing industry today.
“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 unique Emergency Management Agency it could be best described as a mutual aid system. This system has been operating in California since the early 1950’s under the title of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES). Early in 2009 the OES and the and the Office of Homeland Security merged to become what is now known today as Cal EMA.
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 & Rescue have a significant geographic area to cover, it also has a wide range of special fire and rescue demands and challenges to meet. These challenges not only require a skilled commander, and dedicated fire fighters, but also very specialized fire apparatus.
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 the historic Kindel Furniture facility in the city’s southeast side, on May 9th. The Kindel Furniture factory, built in 1912, was only a few miles from HME’s manufacturing facility where many of the fire trucks that fought the blaze were manufactured. Read More…