Firefighting motorcycle has a lot in common with firefighting helicopter, but there are some important differences.
The bike is more maneuverable and easier to maintain.
Its easier to carry a heavy load of equipment.
There are fewer distractions and fewer people to deal with.
You can carry a fire hose, but not an oxygen tank.
It takes longer to clean up after a fire.
This is especially true if there are no power sources.
There is less room to maneuver, so you are more likely to stop and get a first-aid kit, or find someone to put out a fire and then run away.
These and many other factors have led to the rapid growth of bike-rescue teams across the United States.
In 2014, there were more than 3,000 fire-rescuing rescues nationwide, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
This year, the number has nearly tripled to 4,800.
The rise in bike-heroes is just one of the reasons why there is a significant need for the kind of firefighting support services that are being developed.
Firefighters, paramedics and paramedics are the backbone of our communities, and it is up to us to keep them safe.
We need to continue to work with the private sector and public sector to improve the state of fire-fighting technology.
For example, we need to be able to use our bike-hose on fire.
That is especially important because many firefighters are unable to carry oxygen tanks.
But with better technology, we should also be able and willing to use other types of support equipment, like ladder trucks, bulldozers, fire hydrants, and other equipment that can help protect firefighters from the hazards of fire.
Firefighter 4.0 is an experiment to improve on these and other fire-support skills and to better meet the needs of communities and fire departments.
As the fire-fighter who has to respond to more incidents and to respond quickly to situations like these, I think it is critical that we continue to invest in our firefighting abilities.
Firefighters need to learn how to recognize and respond to hazards like water and smoke, and be able protect themselves.
That includes learning to respond more quickly to the fire in the first place, to know what to do when they get there, and how to use their skills.
With this new type of training, I believe we can better prepare our firefighters to handle the dangers of fire and the need for them to stay on the job for as long as they need to, whether it is to protect themselves, their family, or a business or community.
We need more of the same.
Firefighter 4 and his team will use the lessons learned from this test to improve firefighting in the future.