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What is considered one of any fire department's greatest challenges, when it comes to equipment carried on its apparatus? If anyone answers - how to get the most out of the available storage space, then theirs is the case with most fire departments. Fire departments have to make sure that all their fire apparatus is stored safely and is easily accessible at the same time.

Ziamatic Corporation (Zico) has the right storage device for any equipment needed to carry aboard the fire apparatus. The name Zico might not be very familiar, but their products have been used on and off most fire apparatus for many years now. Ever heard of a Ziamatic Smoke Ejector bracket?

Zico line of storage equipment

For more than fifty years, Ziamatic Corporation has been providing fire departments and firefighters with the equipment that they need to make their jobs safer, easier and more efficient.

Ziamatic Corp. offers a wide range of economical, high quality and innovative products in its Zico product line that are designed to exceed the demands of an ever-evolving fire service. Those tools include many that firefighters have grown accustomed to using, from SCBA brackets to forcible entry tools and ladder access systems to wheel chocks.

Storing hand tools, power tools and other equipment

ZICO brand includes a full range of the products that any fire department will need to safely and efficiently store tools

The ZICO brand includes a full range of the products that any fire department will need to safely, effectively and efficiently store hand tools, power tools and other equipment. And today, that means more than just getting the best use out of every available cubic foot of space in a compartment, right?

The technical committee for NFPA 1901: Standard on Automotive Fire Apparatus (2016 Edition), has made the safe storage of firefighting equipment and firefighter PPE aboard fire apparatus a high priority.

Fire apparatus safety features

Where equipment, other than that originally mounted (at the time of manufacture) on the fire apparatus is to be carried, the fire department should ensure that the equipment is securely attached to the vehicle with appropriate holders (NFPA 1901, Annex A, A.15.3.2).

The standard goes on to specify that equipment holders or compartments shall be provided for all tools, equipment and other items that are on the fire apparatus. Those equipment holders shall be attached and shall be designed so that the equipment remains in place, under all vehicle operating conditions. All tools and equipment shall be readily accessible (Chapter 15, Section 15.3).

Vertical storage of SCBA cylinders in tubes

One example is the vertical storage of SCBA cylinders in tubes, where the standard states that the base of the storage tube must have a rubber, plastic, or similar device to prevent wear on the cylinder and to prevent damage, if the cylinder is accidentally dropped into the storage position. Each storage tube shall have a drain to prevent accumulation of moisture. (Chapter 15, Section

Zico Plastic Air Cylinder Rack

The Zico Plastic Air Cylinder Rack fits the bill. Measuring 8-inches square by 24-inches long, it is constructed using heavy-duty molded plastic and is designed to fit any SCBA cylinder, as well as most common 20-lb or smaller fire extinguishers. And it has strategically placed holes that allow for efficient airflow and water runoff (to prevent that accumulation of moisture).

How to keep those liquid storage containers (e.g., gasoline for chainsaws) safe and secure on fire apparatus? The Zico Round Safety Can Mount is just one of several products in the ZICO line of products that are designed for the safe and secure storage of those storage containers.

Zico Rectangular Holder and Spay Can Holder

The Zico Spray Can Holder keeps aerosol spray cans, up to 12 oz., secured and organized

Another is the Zico Rectangular Holder for use with containers that range from three to five gallons. Like the Round Safety Can Mount, it comes with a 1-inch nylon safety strap and quick-release buckle.

The Zico Spray Can Holder keeps aerosol spray cans, up to 12 oz., secured and organized, and reduces the risk of those cans rolling, falling, leaking, or being dented, or punctured during transport.

Secure storage of high-value equipment

Then there's the dollar value of the equipment that a fire department has invested in. Like many fire departments, the fire apparatus is likely carrying a greater number of portable battery-powered equipment, like hydraulic spreaders, cutters and rams, along with an assortment of bio-medical equipment.

These types of high-value equipment need secure storage devices, so as to assure their operational readiness and to protect the fire department's investment.

Fire departments deploy more battery-powered equipment

In an article entitled, ‘Speccing a new pumper: Where to begin – Part 2’, Jim Lyons, a fire apparatus consultant, spoke about the trend towards fire departments using more battery-powered equipment.

Jim Lyons said, “I have seen a dramatic shift away from on-board generators in 2019 and related components (e.g., hydraulic reels, electric cord reels, traditional hard-wired tripod lights), in favor of battery-powered products.

Battery-powered tools

The width on Zico’s Adjustable Chain Saw Mount can be adjusted to better fit any chain saw width

He adds, “Battery-powered tools will continue to become a popular item, and I believe, we will continue to see fire departments specifying fewer on-board generator systems for new fire apparatus.

The width on Zico’s Adjustable Chain Saw Mount can be adjusted to better fit any chain saw width and can accommodate most gas-powered saws, including circular and chain.

Zico Reciprocating Saw Holder

The Zico Reciprocating Saw Holder provides safe and secure storage of most common sizes of battery-powered reciprocating saws and can be mounted either vertically or horizontally, depending upon the need.

The Horizontal Extrication Tool Holder features four components that enable configuration with the holder to fit virtually any cutter, spreader or combination tool. These are just a few examples of over 300 different products in the Zico brand. When it comes to keeping the equipment mounted on the department’s fire apparatus in a safe, secure and ready to use manner, Zico’s years of experience enables ensuring just that.

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