Last Updated 12-Aug-2022

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

12-Aug-2022

Foam Eductor Beta Testing

I sent a couple of copies out to those that volunteered for the testing shortly before the meeting.
There has been a lot of internal testing previously. So it should be pretty stable overall.
But you always got the odd bugs showing up every now and then.
Release date will depend on how the testing goes.
If you would like to help with the testing efforts please send an IM to Lares Carter

Legacy Pump HUD Development

I have spent a lot of time this week on making the preview pictures that were shown last meeting into an actual HUD.
I had all of the 3D modeling and UV mapping done but then decided to do a couple of changes to improve readability.
So I'll need to edit and re-upload a couple of things. The basics of the scripting are working.
There is just a lot more work left to write up all of the communication back and forth between the HUD and the Pumper to update each control element.
I have been able to test the idea of having the discharge controls on the HUD auto-hide if no hose is connected.
It's working great and makes the HUD a lot less cluttered.

Hydrant CE Bugfixes

No additional bugs have been reported on the Hydrant CE.
Though I am still looking for more testing volunteers to help test the update.
If you would like to help with the testing efforts please send an IM to Lares Carter

Titanium Series & NextGen Series Update

I got a small bugfix scheduled for the Titanium and NextGen Series to fix an issue with the pump script and the foam injection status.
On the Titanium 6000A there's also an issue with the hose reel color on the passenger side.
I am not aware of any other bugs with either the Titanium or NextGen Series.
If you know about any bugs or issues please file a Bug Report
The update should be ready together with the Foam Eductor release as the eductor won't work right otherwise.

05-Aug-2022

Legacy Pumper Update

The update got released on 01-Aug-2022.
The main changes are the fully functional foam system, refill towers, new drafting rules and Script API improvements.
The changelog is available here.
The updated manual is available here.
Details about the new drafting can be found here.
And Details about the Foam System and how to use the Foam Refill Panel are available here.

Fire System Update

The HD Fire System also received an update on 01-Aug-2022.
This adds the new foam sources to the delivery box.
They are available as a shelf with 6 jugs, a pallet with 24 jugs and groups of 2,3 and 4 jugs. All of those except the shelf are modify enabled.

There is one known error:
the groups of jugs are limited to the owner only. A fix for that is pending. I am just waiting to see if any other bug reports show up.

The update also has a couple of changes and new features for the Fire.
The Damage API, Score API, Hotspots, Adverse Reaction, Explode, Location Setting and Fanning features.
There are also some improvements for the existing Fire Script API.
And the range of the fans has been increased and improved. The change is only required for the fire, it works with the existing fans.

I also made some tweaks to the way the fire grows and shrinks when extinguished.
Previously the rate was linear. With the new change it's dynamic.
Once the fire reaches a certain size it'll slow down its growth rate.
And very large fires take longer to shrink.

More details about the fire changes are available here.

Gear HUD Update

The Gear HUD also got updated on 01-Aug-2022.
The update adds the new Foam Jugs and Foam Refill Hose equipment to the HUD.
It also has a couple of bugfixes for the Hose Lines.
As well as preparation work to make the Attack Lines compatible with the upcoming Foam Eductor.

I also added some new context menu buttons. And used the opportunity to update the Gear HUD textures and design.
Currently the new context menu buttons are only available for the Foam Jugs and Hose Lines.
In the future they'll also be available for more of the other equipment in the HUD.

The two main bugfixes I'd like to highlight are for the Hose Lines:
1) the visible gaps in the connection pieces for the hoses got fixed. That issue showed up with the release of the Skid Unit.
2) the manual and automatic hose shortening feature is working again for the Attack Lines. That one got broken when the Hose Line Drop Feature was added.

There is currently one known bug in the Gear HUD: using the 'Dialog' option for the interaction feature gives script errors for some of the features on the Hydrant CE.
A fix for that is pending. I am also just waiting to see if any other issues show up for the Gear HUD.

One Series Update

The One Series: Engine 1, Tanker 1, Aerial 1 and Midmount 1 also received an update on 01-Aug-2022.
This adds the foam jugs to them in preparation for the upcoming Foam Eductor.
It also adds all of the Script API changes from the Legacy Pumper Update.
And fixes a bug with the Fire Extinguisher not being restored with the Restock feature on some of the vehicles.

Changelogs are available here:
Engine 1
Tanker 1
Aerial 1
Midmount 1

Foam Eductor Beta Testing

The Foam Eductor beta versions will go out pretty soon.
I am still looking for more volunteers for the beta testing.
If you're good with testing and writing reports and got some time available to help out please let me know via IM.

Legacy Pump HUD Preview

With all of the updates finally released I moved on to working on the next update for the Legacy Pumper: Modular HUD Support for the Pump Panel.
Please keep in mind that this is still a work in progress. Things are not final yet.
So far it's all just texture work, nothing is scripted yet.
I just need to figure out the layout first before making it all functional.

Preview Picture 1 - Pump HUD Wide

HD Legacy Pump HUD Preview 1
HD Legacy Pump HUD Preview 1 (taken on 05-Aug-2022; work in progress)

It uses the same graphics as the Drive tab on the Modular HUD for the Legacy Pumper.
On the left we got the small sidebar with the 4 buttons similar to the Drive tab.
On the bottom we got tabs to bring up additional controls: Info Center,

And then on the main area from left to right:
- a group of 3 buttons for the Tank Fill Valve, Tank to Pump Valve and to Reset the Pump Safety Shutoff
- GPM readouts for the master intake and discharge
- current drafting GPM readout with controls to increase and decrease the suction and a yellow Prime button
- status lights for Pump Engaged Status and the Safety Shutoff
- Water and Foam tank fill levels
- group of 3 buttons for the panel light, gauge backlights and the airhorn
- individual discharge controllers, for each of those from top to bottom:
- GPM display
- small horizontal stripe that will match the colored ring on the pump panel
- buttons for the increase, toggle and decrease GPM functions
- strip of 11 status lights for the valve position (can be clicked to quickly set the outgoing GPM)
- label for the discharge
- the last discharge is for the Deckgun with the deckgun controls next to it
- the Stow / Deploy button is currently missing
The Legacy Pumper has a lot more discharges than any of the other HD Trucks which makes the HUD very wide.
One idea I've had to improve that is to automatically hide the discharge controls for any connection that does not have a hose attached to it.

Preview Picture 2 - Pump HUD Compact

HD Legacy Pump HUD Preview 2
HD Legacy Pump HUD Preview 2 (taken on 05-Aug-2022; work in progress)

The preview above assumes that only the Crosslay 1 is deployed. The other discharge controls are hidden.
The tabs on the bottom are all active to show the extra controls:
- the 'Info Center' which matches the two status text displays on the Pump Panel
- the 'Pump Limit' which will bring up the Pump Limit gauge
- the 'Foam Inject' controls for the foam injection system
- the 'Foam Refill' controls for refilling the foam cell with the foam jugs
All of those match the way it's set up on the actual Pump Panel pretty closely.
For the Foam Refill I've included an indicator that would show the fill level of the Foam Jug that's currently in use.
That's just an idea. I'd still have to check the script side to make sure that would work properly.

Preview Picture 3 - Pump HUD Small

HD Legacy Pump HUD Preview 3
HD Legacy Pump HUD Preview 3 (taken on 05-Aug-2022; work in progress)

The last preview picture shows the smallest possible setup.
This makes sure that the HUD does not break with the minimal possible feature setup for a compatible vehicle.
Assuming no hose lines are connected, no deckgun is installed and there is no foam system either.

Hydrant CE Bugfixes

I've also started work on an update for the Hydrant CE.
The main focus for the update are bugfixes.

There are three bugs I know about:
1) the shutoff valve cover is not set to physics shape 'None' which makes it act as direct part of the hydrant
if you drive over it fast enough it can act similar to driving into the hydrant itself and will crash it
- bugfix enforces physics shape none on every linkset change

2) repeat connections to the same discharge fail to supply water
- bugfix corrects missing GPM updates

3) if someone drives into the hydrant while the owner of the hydrant is offline and the owner does not have offline rez permissions for the parcel
then it gets the hydrant stuck as it is waiting forever for the rez of the crashed hydrant copy to complete
- added a 5 second timeout for the rezzing to finish
- if it fails to rez then the hydrant will restore itself to none-crashed state on the next click interaction
- if it was a very slow rez and the crashed copy does eventually decide to show up then it will attempt to auto-delete it

If you know about any other bugs with the Hydrant CE please let me know via IM as soon as possible so that a fix can be included in the update.
I am also looking for volunteer testers for the update to make sure all of those fixes work properly.

29-Jul-2022

Legacy Pumper

Everything looks pretty stable on the beta.

There has only been one change:
Electric Charging System was added as blocking condition for the Script-API SET POS / ROT commands.
Exhaust Removal System was added as blocking condition for the Script-API SET POS / ROT commands.

If nothing unexpectedly blows up then the update should go out this Monday, 01-Aug-2022.

Update has been released on 01-Aug-2022.

Foam Eductor

The texture work for the foam injection percentage selection dial has been finished.
There were a couple more bugs discovered on the Foam Eductor. I got all of those fixed.
I've added an Access Menu to it so it can be set to Owner Only, Group or Anyone Access.
It now also has a color menu with 8 choices: Red, Green, Blue, White, Black, Gray, Orange and Yellow.
I'll send out a couple of beta versions within the next days.
I am also looking for some volunteers: If you got a lot of free time and are good with testing and filing bug reports send me an IM.

Foam Jug Pallet

There was a lot of interest in having the Pallet with the Foam Jugs modify enabled in order to do all kinds of interesting things with it.
I made a proof of concept a while ago with some black magic to make it a single object. Which makes it a lot easier to handle and link.
Now I also finished the script side of it. It seems to be working alright. There are a couple more tweaks required to improve it.
It'll be available as part of the Fire System Update that adds the other foam jug sources to the Fire System Box.

Foam Jug Pallet has been released as part of the Fire System Update on 01-Aug-2022.

One Series

An update for the One Series was talked about quite a while ago when the Foam Eductor and new Foam Jugs were first shown.
It's a small update for the One Series that adds two of the new Foam Jugs to each of the vehicles.
For most of the vehicles the Jugs will go on top of the pump panel on the the passenger side.
For Midmount 1 I removed one of the binding agent buckets to make enough space.

There are also some minor bugfixes included:
On Engine 1 and Aerial 1 the Restock button fails to replace the Fire Extinguishers.

The update will also add the Script-API changes to the One Series:
The SET POS / ROT commands will check for connected Hose Lines, Exhaust Removal System and Electric Charging System before moving the vehicle.
And the new GET STATUS command got added to get information about the parking brake, pump power shift and if hose lines are connected.

One Series Update has been released on 01-Aug-2022.

Fire System

No more issues showed up with the updated Fire.
I am just working on finishing the Foam Pallet script changes and writing up all the documentation.
If everything goes according to plan then it should be available together with the Legacy Pumper Update on Monday, 01-Aug-2022.
It'll include the new Script-API commands for the Fire.
The improved range for the Fans.
The growth speed and extinguishing speed changes for the Fire.

And the new Fire Features:
Damage API: custom API message on avatar collision which can be used with 3rd party Health HUDs
Score API: API message when bullet collides with fire which can be used to award points for fighting fires
Hotspots: extinguished fires have chance to randomly reignite if lingering smoke is not cleared
Adverse Reaction: putting Water on Fire that does not accept Water will make it grow
Explosion: will rez several child fires
Location Setting: Interior vs Exterior Fires with different behavior
Fanning Feature: Fans will make active Fires grow

Fire System Update has been released on 01-Aug-2022.

Gear HUD

No more issues with the Gear HUD Update either. Should release together with the rest on Monday, 01-Aug-2022.
It has the updated Gear HUD textures with the redesign.
The new buttons: Put Back, Discard, Disconnect and Restock.
The new Categories: Couplers and Options.
The Foam Refill Hose and new Foam Jug got added.
And all of the bugfixes for Hose Lines.
The two main bugfixes are the hose shortening feature working again and the visual gaps being fixed on the connection pieces.

Gear HUD Update has been released on 01-Aug-2022.

Product Version Overview

There was a suggestion submitted to have a centralized place to check version numbers in order to check if your vehicles and equipment is up to date.
I think that's a pretty great idea. I merged the information with the Vehicle Dimension Information Page.

The first draft for the new Overview Page is accessible here.

It lists the versions for pretty much everything there is. If you notice something missing please let me know.
I am still working on making it look a bit nicer and easier to read.
For the vehicles it also has the dimensions listed.
And for everything it links to the manuals and marketplace listing if available.

22-Jul-2022

Legacy Pumper

- update has been delayed due to further bug fixes for the Gear HUD:
> fixed double hose segments when using automatic hose shortening feature on Attack Line
> fixed Attack Line script out of memory
> fixed swapping Foam Jugs is not working properly for Legacy Pumper Foam Refil Panel
> fixed first hose section of small Supply Line goes invisible for connections low to the ground
> changed info message when swapping foam jugs to be more clear

- further testing is required to verify all of those bugfixes work properly
- the update will be released after the testing is complete

Foam Eductor

- the beta version has been delayed due to additional bugfixes and work on new features:
> fixed Attack Line particles fail to update when switching between foam and wetting agent
> fixed being able to disconnect Eductor while hose line is charged
> fixed Eductor does not work properly with One Series and Wall Outlets
> fixed water particles visible prior to foam when opening Attack Line valve
> adjusted update rate for Foam Jug Fill Level changes
> added missing 5.5% and 6.0% injection rate
> added injection rate Dial to Eductor 3D model
> added Off option for injection rate
> added info message when trying to connect small supply line

- the beta version will be available within the next few days

15-Jul-2022

Legacy Pumper

- update has been delayed due to further bug fixes for the Gear HUD:
> fixed Attack Line hose shortening feature does not work right after disconnecting and making a new connection
> fixed visual gaps in Hose Line connection pieces
> added compatibility mode for old versions of Ground Monitor, Dry Hydrant and Draft Float
> added ability to swap foam jugs for Foam Refill Hose

- one more round of testing is required to verify all of those bugfixes work properly
- the update will be released after the testing is complete

Foam Eductor

- the beta version has been delayed due to additional bugfixes and work on new features:
> added ability to swap foam jugs
> fixed Eductor fails to disconnect when using hose shortening feature
> added feature for adjustable Foam Injection Rate

- the 3D model needs to be updated for the newly added Foam Injection Rate feature
- the beta version will be available once those changes have been made

08-Jul-2022

Legacy Pumper

- only two new bugs were reported on the latest Legacy Pumper Beta:
> foam jug shelf applies glow to wrong surface when using Restock Feature
> Legacy Pumper refill towers no longer work

- additional bugs were discovered while working on the Foam Eductor:
> Attack Line foam injection changes no longer recognized after using the Drop Feature (requires vehicle updates to be fixed)
> Attack Line hose shortening feature does not work right after using the Drop Feature

- if nothing else shows up then the Legacy Pumper Update will be released this upcoming week

Foam Eductor

- work on the Foam Eductor continues at a good pace
- it now actually injects foam directly into Attack Lines with a fixed rate of 3%
- I am looking into adding a feature to adjust the injection rate
- first beta version for Foam Eductor should be available this upcoming week

01-Jul-2022

- no in-world meeting as Lares is unavailable
- new Legacy Pumper Beta will be available later today
- the beta will include:
- various bugfixes
- usability improvements for foam jugs:
> foam refill hose is now yellow instead of gray
> foam jugs now have fill meter on both sides
> foam jug fill meter is wider for improved visibility
> new texture label for foam jugs
- added foam delivery pallet with 24 foam jugs
- added foam shelf with 6 foam jugs
- added modify enabled group of 3 foam jugs
- added modify enabled group of 2 foam jugs
- added Legacy Pumper Script API improvements:
> SET POS, SET ROT, SET POS ROT will no longer move vehicle if hose lines are connected or if electric cable reel is in use
> added GET STATUS command to read status of Parking Brake, Pump Mode, if Hose Lines are connected or Cable Reel is active

24-Jun-2022

Legacy Pumper

- new beta version for Legacy Pumper Update was sent to all volunteers on 24-Jun-2022
- overview of all changes is available here
- so far only 2 bugs have been reported
- there are some changes planned to increase the usability of the Foam Jugs
- release date of the update will depend on those changes and if additional bugs are reported

Foam Eductor

- work on the Foam Eductor continues
- the scripts have been updated to be compatible with the current Foam Jug code
- it's now possible to connect and disconnect Attack Lines
- compatibility for the Hose Line Drop Feature has been added
- the next step is to script the actual foam injection

Fire Update

- no new bugs have been reported on the Fire Update Beta
- if no issues show up then the update will be released within the next couple of days

17-Jun-2022

- no in-world meeting as Lares is unavailable
- new Legacy Pumper Beta will be available on 22-Jun-2022
- the beta will include:
- Legacy Pumper bugfixes
- updated Gear HUD with new textures and features
- Attack Line automatic & manual hose shortening bugfix

10-Jun-2022

Legacy Pumper

- work continues on the Legacy Pumper Update
- only a few issues have been reported on the latest beta version while also being tested by a much larger group of testers
- that provides some optimism towards becoming a stable version soon
- a new beta will be sent out to all volunteers as soon as the remaining issues have been fixed
- timeline for the public release of the update will depend on further testing results this upcoming week

Foam Eductor

- the new foam jugs from the Legacy Pumper Update will also work for the Foam Eductor
- some more script work is required to make the Eductor fully work
- beta testing will start once all the features have been added
- the Eductor will be sold as separate item once testing gives the all clear
- it allows for foam to be injected directly into any Attack Line

Foam Jugs

- previously the new Foam Jugs were planned as direct replacement for the existing Foam Containers
- this introduced a couple of issues mostly due to the changed capacity from 42 gallons down to 10 gallons

- the new plan is to keep the existing Foam Containers in the Gear HUD as is
- the Containers will be available from the existing Foam Cabinet and the NextGen Foam Unit

- the new Foam Jugs will be added as separate item to the Gear HUD
- the new Jugs will be available from the Legacy Pumper and new Foam Delivery Pallet
- the new Jugs will also be available from the One Series Apparatus via an Update

- new buttons have been added to the Gear HUD for the new Foam Jugs
- 'Drop' will place the Jug on the ground
- 'Put Back' will place the Jug back on the vehicle it was obtained from
- 'Restock' will allow to place the Jug in empty Compartment spots on vehicles
- available spots will be highlighted for 15 seconds and can be clicked to select them
- this feature will be available on the Legacy Pumper and One Series once updated

Fire Update

- additional issues have been resolved for the Fire Update
- two new features have been added to the Fire Update: Score API and Hotspots
- the Score API will send messages on a custom channel when the Fire is hit by a bullet or has been extinguished
- the Hotspots option will allow extinguished Fires to randomly reignite themselves while lingering smoke is present
- more information is available here

03-Jun-2022

Legacy Pumper

- work continues on the Legacy Pumper Update
- new Beta Version of Legacy Pumper will be sent to all volunteers today (03-Jun-2022) this weekend
> beta has been delayed due to some last minute bugs, will go out later this weekend
- changelog is available here
- timeline for the public release of the update will depend on further testing results this upcoming week

Fire Update

- a couple of issues have been resolved with the Fire Update
- new Beta Version of Fire Update will be sent to all volunteers today (03-Jun-2022)
- if you would like to help with the testing please IM Lares Carter
- changelog is available here

27-May-2022

Outlet Set Update

- a small update has been released for the HD Outlet Set
- the new version number is v2022.05.27
- this adds the fake wall intakes to the Set
- they consume any water that is supplied to them without forwarding it to any other component
- this can be useful for roleplay purposes
- to receive the update simply rez the Updater Box or request a redelivery

Legacy Pumper Development

- after a full week of testing of the early version we got a bit over 50 bugs reported and fixed
- more copies will be sent to some of the testing volunteers today (27-May-2022)
- additional copies will be sent to all of the volunteers within the next couple of days
- timeline for the public release of the update will depend on the testing results this upcoming week

Fire Update

- on Thursday I found some time in between all the bugfixing to have another look at a couple of updates for the HD Fire
- I have had those ideas and new features on my list for quite some time and am excited to make them available
- the main roadblock towards adding more features for the fire was that it reached the memory limit for scripts in SL
- this was resolved by splitting the fire script into two separate scripts: one for the fire itself and one for the dialog menus
- the menu script is only active while the menu is open, otherwise it is set to not running to save on performance
- there are 6 changes for the fire:

1) Some new Script API commands

2) Damage API
- allows to setup a channel and command for avatar damage to be used with Health HUDs
- command is sent on avatar collision with the fire
- command supports placeholders for Avatar-UUID, Owner-UUID, Object-UUID, Avatar-Name, Owner-Name and Object-Name
- this should allow to add compatibility with most existing HUDs out there as long as you know the channel and required command

3) Adverse Option
- if active and Fire is set to not accept Water Bullets then Water Bullets will cause the fire to grow
- it's not perfect but at least something to simulate oil fires

4) Explode Option
- will rez up to 5 child fires (depending on how many child fires are available)

5) Location Option
- can be set to Interior or Exterior or Auto-Detect
- Auto-Detect will use an upward raycast to determine if the fire is under open sky and set to Interior or Exterior respectively

- Interior:
- Child Fires are rezzed in a cluster within a set radius in random directions
- thick lingering smoke particles to obscure vision
- after fire is extinguished lingering smoke will only clear slowly on its own

- Exterior:
- Child Fires are rezzed in a line based on wind direction
- less dense smoke particles
- after fire is extinguished lingering smoke will clear much faster on its own

6) increased Fan Range
- HD Fans will have increased range to clear lingering smoke
- smooth and dynamic decrease in effectiveness at max range instead of hard cutoff
- no update required for HD Fans, solely determined by HD Fire

20-May-2022

- work continues on the Legacy Pumper Update
- the very first beta version was sent out today
- a couple of bugs have already been reported
- more copies will be sent to the Internal Testers and Legacy Pumper testing volunteers once those bugs have been fixed
- the server will automatically send out copies based on number of bugs reported in the past
- if you own a copy of the Legacy Pumper and would like an early copy of the beta then you can send an IM to Lares Carter
- just be aware that it will most likely be very broken and should not be used for active service
- hose connections will only work for those who are part of the beta as it requires an updated copy of the Gear HUD

- Main Changes:
- adjustable foam injection rate
- working refill towers
- working foam refill panel
- new foam jugs
- new drafting rules for suction hoses
- lots of scripts changes and optimizations

13-May-2022

- no in-world meeting as Lares is unavailable
- still working on the Legacy Pumper update
- work is coming along great
- I expect to send out the first beta version to the internal testers this upcoming week

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