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    I am looking for any information on these units--ie manufactueres, users, user feedback, the works. It seems like this is a great idea, having a chassis that can be modified to do just abou anything. I'm also wondering about largest size possible, because I think that the USAR TFs wouldd greatly benefit from them if they big spartman tractors towing 45' pods. It could be a mobile fire and rescue station. Perphaps a it of a fantasy but I think it would be cool

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    http://www.pods.com/

    They should have some info!

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    • #3
      CHECK OUT FDNY's POD SYSTEM

      http://www.fdnytrucks.com/images/spe.../FDNYCOLL5.jpg

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      • #4
        Take a look at www.excellance.com. They have built a few of these. They are listed under the specialty vehicles.

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        • #5
          I know that European departments have been using PODS for a variety of purposes for a number of years. I remember reading about water tanker PODS, technical rescue gear PODS, Haz-Mat PODS and command post PODS. The idea certainly makes sense to me ..imagine having 5 or 6 PODS sitting in back of your station and only needing 1 or 2 truck chassis. To me the idea makes perfect sense and seems like a way to keep apparatus costs down if you want to provide a variety of services.
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          • #6
            I think that pods are a great idea. Think of the pod caches you could have around the country. They could be designed to be mobilzed by commercial, municipal (FD's) or even military vehicles. Driver training wouldn't be as specialized as tractor trailers. Ship the pods minus truck and chassis and save on wieght. More supplies shipped???? Could even make it a modular system.

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            • #7
              looks like a roll off truck to me

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              • #8
                Fairfax County, VA and Montgomery County, MD both run POD units also. As the previous poster said, they're very much like a roll-off unit.
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                • #9
                  the collapse in brooklyn...

                  ...has resulted in e91 deploying the fdny collapse pod from randalls island. what an awful tradgedy.

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                  • #10
                    Does anyone have any more information about FDNY's Collapse Pods? FDNY runs 3 Mack MR collapse rescues plus the Super Vac trailer unit, so I wonder whether the POD units carry anything special or just large amounts of cribbing, shovels, and other ho-hum materials.

                    Also, I would appreciate pictures/descriptions of any POD units from anywhere, if anyone has them. Thanks.

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                    • #11
                      The US Army has been using for more than 20years. Google on Army PLS.
                      Great stuff. The Oshkosh PLS truck and a set of large racks/tanks would make a great tanker setup.

                      "PODS" is just a marketing name dreamed up in the last few years to sell a moving company concept.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by skipatrol8
                        ...has resulted in e91 deploying the fdny collapse pod from randalls island. what an awful tradgedy.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by neiowa

                          "PODS" is just a marketing name dreamed up in the last few years to sell a moving company concept.
                          We were using the term Pod for these things Pre-Desert Storm, during the 80's. It is not a new term, it is just a more known term in the civilian world.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by neiowa
                            "PODS" is just a marketing name dreamed up in the last few years to sell a moving company concept.
                            I think there may be some confusion between "PODS" as in Portable On Demand Storage, the moving company, and "Pods" in general, such as those built for emergency services by Spear Trucks, Excellance, and others.

                            www.speartrucks.com is a great website for these, if you haven't checked it out already.

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                            • #15
                              Kimberton Fire Company houses 2 units. One they use to leave at the scene and one is the county containment unit.

                              http://www.kimbertonfire.org/apparatus.htm
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