Steele Fire Department (STFD) of Alabama has been on a tear over the past year, with the department winning numerous awards for its innovative technology.
Steele has been credited with saving more than 30,000 lives in the United States and more than 200 other countries.
It also is a major contributor to the safety and security of the U.S. military, as the department was named the top firefighting contractor by the United Nations.STFD has a wide range of firefighting equipment that can be purchased in different sizes and configurations, including an 8-foot-tall (2.2-meter) water tank, two 6-foot (1.9-meter)-tall (1-meter-wide) water tanks, three 4-foot high (1 meter) water drums, three 1-foot long (0.8-meter), four 3-foot tall (0:7.6-meter)–and two 1-inch (0mm) thick (0,4mm) water bottles.
In 2016, STFD partnered with the University of Alabama at Birmingham to build a new 4-wheel-drive vehicle called the Fire Engine and Fire Extinguisher, which can deploy from a truck, as well as an electric vehicle.
This year, STEEF received $20 million in grants from the Department of Homeland Security to help equip and train its firefighting personnel.STEEF is currently the only department in the U .
S. that is using the Tungsten Engine and Extinguishing System, also known as the TEE.
This new system, which is designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, uses the same type of aluminum fuel cell as the Steele fire truck, but is made from the high-strength Tungstons alloy.
It has been used successfully on the streets of Los Angeles, where it has saved more than 100 lives.STeele is a member of the National Association of Fire Protection Associations, which has partnered with other agencies to provide grants for the firefighting technology.