Last Updated 06-May-2022

HD News Meetings

This page has been reorganized. General information for projects in development is available here.
Archive of Meeting Notes from 2021 is available here.

06-May-2022

- still working on the Legacy Pumper update
- some unexpected delays due to the memory limits for scripts in SL
- took the opportunity to reorganize the pumping scripts from the ground up

- the new scripts will have 3 benefits:
- better debugging tools to provide more stable scripts
- will make work on additional features and future vehicles a lot easier
- groundwork for making the Legacy Pumper modify compatible once the Early Access is over

- work on matching the existing features is almost complete
- includes the adjustable Foam Injection Rate (see 22-Apr-2022 notes)
- includes working refill towers for HD Refill Pipe
- includes the new Drafting / Suction Hose rules

- more details about the way the Pull to Prime handle will work:
- need to pull handle to establish suction
- pull time will depend on the suction hose setup
- if initial strain is too high then suction can not be established
- adding or removing a hose to an intake will stop the suction
- drafting from a drop tank that is running dry will stop the suction
- pump safety shutdown will stop the suction

29-Apr-2022

- no in-world meeting as Lares is unavailable
- still working on the Legacy Pumper update
- a lot more work than anticipated but progress has been good this past week
- more detailed status update and demonstration will be available at HD News Meeting on 06-May-2022

22-Apr-2022

Legacy Pumper

- the next update is still in development
- internal beta testing has been delayed due to problems with the adjustable foam system

- the update will contain the following:
- the adjustable rate will discharge foam as indicated on the foam specification plaque
- 0.3% up to 1.5% will discharge Wetting Agent: Water Bullets with increased efficiency
- 2.0% up to 6.0% will discharge Foam Agent: Foam Bullets with varying efficency
- 3.0% injection rate is the same as the Foam System on the NextGen Series and the Titanium Series
- further adjustments will be made based on the testing performance
- due to those changes only updated Attack Lines will work with the Legacy Pumper

- the Foam Containers will be updated to the new Foam Jugs
- the two jugs from the rear compartment of the Legacy Pumper will be available
- any of the older foam sources like the Foam Cabinet and NextGen Foam Unit will distribute the new jugs
- the old Cabinet will be replaced with the Foam Delivery Pallet

- refill towers on the Legacy Pumper will be fully compatible with the HD Refill Pipes
- the Foam Refill panel on the Legacy Pumper is still in development

- Pull to Prime handle will be added to the Legacy Pumper pump panel for the new and improved Drafting System
- the new system will have a penalty for using the front or rear intakes for Drafting Operations due to plumbing friction losses
- drafting from a water source with a lower elevation will decrease the available drafting GPM
- drafting across a longer distance will further decrease the GPM
- using more than two Suction Hose connections will have diminishing returns

15-Apr-2022

- no in-world meeting as Lares is unavailable

08-Apr-2022

Legacy Pumper

The next update for the Legacy Pumper is in development.

The main focus is the full Foam System:
- adjustable Foam Injection rate according to specification plaque
- can use INC and DEC buttons to adjust injection rate
- new Mesh foam jugs with more details used for refills
- delivery pallet with several foam jugs for restocking
- foam refill on pump panel with hose and wand

I am also working on additional features:
- working refill towers compatible with refill pipe
- improved drafting mechanics and logic
- drafting will require to prime the pump
- removing or adding hose connections after will require to re-prime the pump
- front and rear intakes will decrease drafting amount due to plumbing friction losses
- distance between drafting source and pump will add friction losses
- elevation of drafting source compared to pump will affect drafting GPM
- additional connected suction hoses will decrease drafting GPM
- pump limit will also affect the amount of drafted water

Initial limited beta version should be available this upcoming week.
Beta Testing will then extend to all volunteers based on testing results.

01-Apr-2022

- no in-world meeting as Lares is unavailable

25-Mar-2022

Mixed News

Lares is back from vacation.

Skid Unit was released 08-Mar-2022.
If you have encountered any issues with the unit please report them here.
Suggestions and ideas to improve it can be submitted here.

Update for Aerial 1, Tanker 1, Tanker 13, Brush 66 was released 08-Mar-2022.

Next priority are a few more bugfix updates and the next Update for the Legacy Pumper.

Bugfixes / Updates

Currently working on the following bugfixes and updates:

Gear HUD
- hose shortening feature for Attack Lines is not working properly
- hose connections have visual glitches

Hydrant CE
- run over hydrant sometimes fails to rez
- run over hydrant can block click targets
- driving over shutoff valve can break hydrant

Outlet Set
- add Intakes for RP purposes
- can be used to simulate supplying water to the outlets

Legacy Pumper

The next update will add the full Foam System:
- fully adjustable injection rate
- new foam jugs and pallets
- working foam intake on pump panel

18-Mar-2022

- no in-world meeting as Lares is unavailable

11-Mar-2022

- no in-world meeting as Lares is unavailable

Skid Unit

The HD Skid Unit has been released on 08-Mar-2022.
It is available for L$ 1200 at the HD Store in SkyBeam and on the SL Marketplace.

Bugfixes

A couple of bugfixes have been released on 08-Mar-2022 for the following vehicles:
- Aerial 1: added color option for gas powered fan
- Tanker 1: removed extra Extinguisher button in customize menu
- Tanker 13: fixed large discharge no longer works and fixed Suction Hose handout
- Brush 66: front bumper trashline has incorrect touch interaction range limit

An update is also available for the HD Gear HUD.
It fixes an issue with the Attack Lines no longer rezzing bullets after using the Drop Feature.
It also adds some required changes for full compatibility with the newly released HD Skid Unit.

04-Mar-2022

Bugfixes

- new bugs have been reported and bugfix updates are in development:
- Tanker 13 large discharge no longer works
- Tanker 13 Suction Hose hands out small Supply Line instead
- Brush 66 front bumper trashline has incorrect touch interaction range limit
- Attack Line no longer rezzes bullets after using the Drop Feature
- Attack Line manual and automatic hose shortening no longer works
- if you know about any other issues please file a Bug Report
- filing a bug report makes sure that a fix can be included with the next update

Skid Unit

- the February deadline was not met as the project needed more time to improve the features
- new beta version will be released today for Internal Testers
- changes:
- added better Attack Line and Supply Line connection height limits
- added Fuel Filler Cap and Fuel fill status display
- added support for NTBI GFS refueling
- reduced number of scripts
- public release is scheduled for March 2022

25-Feb-2022

- no in-world meeting as Lares is unavailable

18-Feb-2022

Bugfixes

- updates to fix reported issues for the Hydrant CE and Fleet Update are in development
- known Hydrant CE issues:
- run over hydrant has invisible parts that can block click interaction
- run over hydrant while owner is offline and parcel relies on group rez permission fails to complete run over sequence
- hydrant can be run over by driving over the shutoff valve cover
- hydrant gate is not fully compatible with the Hose Line Drop Feature
- known Fleet Update issues:
- Tanker 1 has extra Extinguisher button in customize menu
- Aerial 1 is missing the customize color option for the newly added Gas Powered Fan
- if you know about any other issues please file a Bug Report
- filing a bug report makes sure that a fix can be included with the next update

Skid Unit

- new beta version has been released today for Internal Testers
- changes:
- fixed pushing starter button with pump running will start it again
- fixed parts of pump are out of place when linking to a vehicle
- fixed parts of pump are out of place when using 'Fix Offsets' feature
- fixed pump is able to exceed rated capacity of 500 GPM without pressurized water source
- fixed closing Paladin tailgate forces disconnect for booster line
- added Toolbox giver to delivery box
- added Tray with Gear: Hydrant Wrench, Cheater Pipe, Hydrant Gate, Flares
- public release is scheduled for February 2022

Wall Intakes

- popular suggestion in the HD Discord to add 'fake' intakes to the outlet set
- allows you to connect a small or large Supply Line and pump water to them
- the intake does not actually send water to the Pipe Outlets, it is for roleplay purposes only
- useful to simulate a standpipe system

Questions & Answers

Q: Will the Skid Unit come with a Foam Injection System?
A: Currently it does not. I have added a note to the ideas list.

Q: Will you add modify permissions to the NextGen Series?
A: There are two main problems that would make this a complex and time consuming project:
1) the NextGen vehicles use regular prims and sculpted prims and their land impact relies on that
adding Mesh Items, materials, alpha masking or the new physics shape options will almost double their Land Impact
2) none of the existing scripts were made with changing linksets in mind
making them fully modify compatible would require re-scripting all of the vehicles
My current priority is to invest my time into finishing the Skid Unit and Legacy Pumper.

11-Feb-2022

Hydrant CE

- Hydrant CE has been released on Wednesday, 09-Feb-2022
- available at the HD Store and on the SL Marketplace for L$900
- reported problems with the Hydrant Gear have been fixed with the Gear HUD Update to Version 2022.02.10
- Known Issues are tracked in the Changelog
- if you encounter any issues please file a Bug Report
- a Bugfix-Update for the Hydrant will be available once all issues have been identified and fixed

Update released

- an Update has been released for:
  • Legacy Pumper
  • One Series
  • Titanium ARFF Series
  • NextGen Series
  • Gear HUD
  • Fire System 2
  • Portable Pump
  • Outlet Set
  • Ground Monitors

- Highlights:
  • makes Hydrant Bag and Tool Box widely available
  • adds compatibility for the Hose Line Drop Feature
  • replaces Electric Fan with Gas Powered Fan on Engine 1
  • adds Gas Powered Fan to Aerial 1
  • adds Gas Powered Fan to all NextGen Aerial Apparatus
  • makes Pike Poles available on Engine 1 & Aerial 1 rear compartment
  • adds Gear HUD interaction buttons for Outlet Set instead of relying on long clicks to remove cap
  • adds Foam Capabilities to Pipe Outlet
  • fixed Ground Monitor infinite water bug

- Links to all of the changelogs are available here

Skid Unit

- next project is finishing the Skid Unit
- continued work today on fixing pump issues
- next beta version should be ready this upcoming week
- release is scheduled for February 2022

Questions & Answers

Q: Will the Hose Cabinet be updated to be compatible with the Hose Line Drop Feature?
A: No update required, it is already compatible. The update is only needed for Supply Line Connections.

Q: When will the Legacy Pumper be released?
A: I will work on the next update for the Legacy Pumper after the Skid Unit has been released.
I am 100% committed to bring the Legacy Pumper to the Full Release Version within 2022.
More Details will be available once the next update has been released.

Q: What's next after the Legacy Pumper?
A: The next priority after the full Legacy Pumper Release is to add modify support.

Q: What about the Legacy Tanker and Legacy Midmount?
A: Those will be worked on after the modify permission project.

Q: Which vehicle is next in the Legacy Series after the Midmount?
A: Not decided yet. I am taking suggestions here

04-Feb-2022

Hydrant CE

- still working on finalizing everything
- texture template has been created
- added more special paintjobs: USA, Bear, Firefighter and colored Template
- added texture menu to set special paintjob or custom texture UUID
- also has option to set custom specular and normal map textures
- using the texture menu ensures that the crashed hydrant and hydrant wrench will use the correct textures
- currently working on writing the manual
- Hydrant CE will be released by Wednesday, 09-Feb-2022
- no price tag has been set yet
- Updates will be released for the HD Fleet to make the Hydrant Bag and Tool Box widely available (see 28-Jan-2022 entry)
- if you want to help test the HD Fleet Updates please send an IM to Lares Carter

NextGen Update

- added gas powered Fan for Truck 2, Truck 10, Truck 11, Aerial 19 and Tower 71

One Series Update

- added Pike Poles handout to rear compartment on Engine 1 and Aerial 1
- added Deckgun Keyboard Controls for Engine 1

Legacy Pumper Update

- fixed issue with Bad Road Fix failing to get vehicle unstuck
> if you have encountered issues with the Legacy Pumper becoming stuck please contact Lares Carter
- investigated bug report about Trashline rezzing Water Bullets instead of Foam Bullets but still consuming foam concentrate
> unable to replicate described behavior
> if you have encountered a similar bug please contact Lares Carter

28-Jan-2022

Hydrant CE

- still working on finalizing everything
- finished work on the short version of the Shutoff Key
> added missing pin-hole
> changed to full square bottom part
> added final textures
> added short Shutoff Key to Hydrant Bag
- added special Dalmation paintjob for Hydrant CE
- Updates will be released for the HD Fleet to make the Hydrant Bag and Tool Box widely available (see below)
- the Updates will also add full compatibility with the Hose Line Drop Feature
- Hydrant CE will be released within the next couple of days

Gear HUD Update

- added 'Drop' feature for Attack Lines and Supply Lines
- added new gear for Hydrant CE
- fixed Booster Line first hose segment is incorrect
- fixed Booster Line is missing Fog Pattern button

NextGen Update

- added Hydrant Bag and Tool Box to Equipment menu
- updated Pump Script for full compatibility with Hose Line Drop Feature
- removed non-functional 'Hide Sign' menu button from Engine 78, Aerial 19, Truck 10 & 11
- fixed forward movement during free-fall

Titanium ARFF Update

- added Hydrant Bag and Tool Box to Equipment menu
- moved Hose Lines into sub-menu
- updated Pump Script for full compatibility with Hose Line Drop Feature
- updated license plate font to Legacy Pumper version
- replaced hydrant tool in compartment with updated model
- investigated bug report about blocked seats
> caused by BUG-230763
> has to be fixed by Linden Lab on the server side
> workaround: take copy to inventory and re-rez vehicle
- fixed Nozzle / Aerial Tab can be blocked on freshly rezzed copy
- fixed Modular HUD sometimes applies incorrect tab color when 2nd avatar sits down

One Series Update

- added Hydrant Bag to compartment
- updated Pump Script for full compatibility with Hose Line Drop Feature
- updated license plate font to Legacy Pumper version
- replaced hydrant tool in compartment with updated model
- Engine 1: replaced electric Fan with gasoline powered Fan
- Aerial 1: added gasoline powered Fan

Legacy Pumper Update

- updated Hydrant Bag with latest textured version
- updated Pump Script for full compatibility with Hose Line Drop Feature
- replaced hydrant tool in compartment with updated model

Skid Unit

- Beta Testing is ongoing
- several bugs have been reported
- new beta version will be available after Hydrant CE has been released

Questions & Answers

Q: Can the Fan be added for the NextGen Ladder Trucks?
A: Yes, will add it to the scope for the update. (confirmed & added 30-Jan-2022)

Q: Will the Hydrant CE replace the current Hydrant?
A: The standard HD Hydrant will remain unchanged. The Hydrant CE is a standalone product that will be available for purchase.

Q: Will the Pike Poles in the rear compartment be available on the updated Engine 1 and Aerial 1?
A: Will look into it.
Update: Looked into it. Added Pike Poles hand out to both Engine 1 and Aerial 1. (31-Jan-2022)

21-Jan-2022

Hydrant CE

- beta testing concluded on 16-Jan-2022
- remaining issues have been fixed
- working on finalizing everything
- showed a new more compact shutoff key model
- Hydrant CE will be released this upcoming week

Skid Unit

- complex pump issues have been fixed
- new beta version was sent to Internal Testers today (21-Jan-2022)
- timeline for release will depend on testing results
- there are also a few more things to be added and changed

Questions & Answers

Q: Will you add a bumper turret kit to the Skid Unit?
A: Too complex as part of the Skid Unit and would add a lot of further delay. Added as separate project idea.

Q: Will you add a small suction hose for the Skid Unit?
A: It is on the ideas list. Will require a couple of changes for the Fire System. Possibly with a future update.

14-Jan-2022

General

- meeting notes from 2021 have been archived and are available here

Hydrant CE

- new beta version was released on 10-Jan-2022
- full list of changes available here
- so far only 3 issues were discovered:
1) hydrant gate flows dirty water when it should be clean
2) script typo for flushing discharges with unknown consequences
3) unfinished supply lines are not disconnected when stem valve is opened
- if no major issues show up then things are looking good for the planned January release

Skid Unit

- showed demo for booster reel position adjustments when linking different pipe options
- still working on fixing pump issues; it's more broken than initially assumed
- no ETA for next beta version for Internal Testers yet

07-Jan-2022

Hydrant CE

- new beta version will be released today tomorrow (08-Jan-2022)
- slight delay due to additional bugs discovered during pre-testing
- additional beta copies sent out on 08-Jan-2022 ; further issues discovered
- release to full beta testing group delayed until Monday (10-Jan-2022) to fix those additional issues
- full list of changes available here

Skid Unit

- showed rear mounted booster reel model
- talked about adjustments for more flexibility with modifications
- work on fixing pump issues and bugs still in progress
- new beta version will go to Internal Testers soon