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unbelted person, who may be ejected
from the vehicle.
The apparatus doors are required to
have interior handles that protect against
inadvertent opening. The other door
requirement is to have a minimum of 96
square inches of reflective material on
the inside to show when the door is open.
Many purchasers also include flashing
LED warning lights on the inside of the
door for increased visibility.
Two other door options to consider are
electric roll-down windows and “
barri-er-style” doors. Mechanical crank-style
windows are no more reliable than power
windows, and quite often the crank can
snag a belt when the firefighter is exiting
the cab. Cabs that are specified with
barrier doors have the lower cab steps
exposed and the door begins at floor
level. This will allow the door to open if a
road barrier or parked car is close to the
Many firefighters have received neck
injuries while wearing helmets in the
cab. Purchasers are now required to provide storage for helmets while the apparatus is responding. They can be placed
in special holders (if you have the room in
the cab for their installation), in a secure
compartment inside or outside of the
cab, or in a body compartment. Another
requirement included in the standard is
that there must be 37 inches of headroom
from the bottom of a suspension seat to
the bottom of the ceiling or 35 inches of
headroom in a nonsuspension seat.
If space in the station permits, a raised
roof in the crew cab can make it much
more comfortable to enter and exit the
cab. Depending on the manufacturer,
the raised section can be anywhere from
10 to 24 inches. Windows in the raised
section allow for additional light and visibility in the cab.
The standard requires a minimum
of two seating positions in the driving
compartment, except the tiller position.
Other seating in the cab and crew cab is
strictly up to your needs and specifications. There are many models of cab that
offer vast differences in cab space. With
the typical engine-forward tilt cab, you
can typically fit two in the front and up
to eight in the rear, but that is extremely tight, especially if SCBA seats are
used! The standard currently requires