The Aberdeen Fire Department and the fire service in general have seen many changes in its 100 plus years. Personnel protective equipment and self contained breathing apparatus continue to evolve and make firefighters safer. Enclosed crew cabs on apparatus offer a huge advantage over riding and standing on the tailboard of the engine while responding.

Compressed Air Foam & Automatic External Defibrillators

Compressed air foam for structural firefighting is now being used more and more and proves that bubbles are better than water. Automatic external defibrillators that anyone can use are now standard equipment on all apparatus. As Washington cities struggle with diminishing revenues due to property tax limitations, the next ten years will undoubtedly bring even more increased demands on the Fire Department to provide additional services. I wonder what the next 100 years will bring.