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  • Ammeter

    Gauge that indicates both the amount of electrical current being drawn from and provided to the vehicle’s battery.

  • Angle of Approach

    Angle formed by level ground and a line from the point where the front tires of a vehicle touch the ground to the lowest projection at the front of the apparatus.

  • Angle of Departure

    Angle formed by level ground and a line from the point where the rear tires of a vehicle touch the ground to the lowest projection at the rear of the apparatus.

  • Anti-Electrocution Platform

    Slide-out platform mounted beneath the side running board or rear step of an apparatus equipped with an aerial device. This platform is designed to minimize the chance of the driver/operator being electrocuted should the aerial device come in contact with Read on! →

  • Apparatus Bay (Apparatus Room)

    Area of the fire station where apparatus are parked.

  • Apparatus Engine

    Diesel or gasoline engine that powers the apparatus drive chain and associated fire equipment. Also called Power Plant.

  • Adjustable Flow Nozzle

    Nozzle designed so that the amount of water flowing through the nozzle can be increased or decreased at the nozzle.

  • Appliance

    Generic term applied to any nozzle, wye, siamese, deluge monitor, or other piece of hardware used in conjunction with fire hose for the purpose of delivering water.

  • Aerial Apparatus

    Fire fighting vehicle equipped with a hydraulically operated ladder or elevating platform for the purpose of placing personnel and/or water streams in elevated positions.

  • Accelerator

    Device, usually in the form of a foot pedal, used to control the speed of a vehicle by regulating the fuel supply

  • Acceptance Testing (Proof Test)

    Preservice tests on fire apparatus or equipment performed at the factory or after delivery to assure the purchaser that the apparatus or equipment meets bid specifications.

  • Accessibility

    Ability of fire apparatus to get close enough to a building to conduct emergency operations.