|Kevin Crump, at left, president of Crimson Fire, with consultant Mary Ann Sabo and Crimson Marketing Specialist Nick Langerock and the prototype of the Crimson First Response All Calls vehicle. It’s an initial attack apparatus with ambulance transport, light rescue and command apparatus capabilities built on a Ford F-650 chassis. (Fire Apparatus Photo)|
|Ron Ewers, left, the former president of Class 1, has designed a new compact, computer-controlled compressed air foam system to be marketed by E-ONE and Classic Fire, which builds initial attack and commercial chassis pumpers for E-ONE. At right is Dan White of Classic Fire.|
Crimson Fire showed a prototype new fire apparatus at the International Association of Fire Chiefs convention and trade show in Denver last month.
The National Fire Protection Association would classify it an “initial attack apparatus,” but it also can fill a role as a transport ambulance meeting the federal KKK standards.
Crimson Fire Inc. is calling it the FRAC – First Response All Calls – vehicle. It can also serve as a light duty rescue truck or transport vehicle for a fully-equipped rapid intervention team.
Carrying up to 300 gallons of water and 20 gallons of Class A foam concentrate, its fire suppression power is maximized by a new compressed air foam system (CAFS) designed by W.S. Darley specifically for Crimson, a Spartan Motors subsidiary.
Built on a Ford F-650 chassis with a Cummins ISB 240-hp diesel, this compact fire truck has the knockdown power of a full-sized pumper carrying 1,000 gallons of water. Its CAFS unit can be either rear mounted or side mounted.
The next arriving engine company (or tanker) can tie a feeder line directly into the CAFS pump, extending the foam output to treat up to 3,600 additional gallons of water before having to refill the foam tank.
That’s a powerful little truck. Crimson expects it to sell for $185,000 to $220,000, depending on configuration.
Ambulance? Crimson Fire brought in the experts from Spartan Motor’s ambulance company, Road Rescue, to design the optional ambulance compartment. It can be set up with standard rear-opening doors or, as in the demo model at IAFC, with the patient compartment located transversely right behind the cab. Up to three emergency medical technicians can sit on a bench facing forward while facing the patient.
The space may be tight compared to the huge Type III ambulances running today, but it can be certified either basic or advanced life support (ALS).
For communities of up to 5,000 people where transports average out at one run per day, the new combo unit seems ideally suited. Of course, larger towns with multiple stations – either career staffed or volunteer – can benefit from this multi-purpose vehicle, especially at a price of around $200,000.
With a FRAC-type multi-purpose apparatus there is no need to send a 35,000-pound gvw engine company or an aerial to a routine medical call. And the CAFS unit gives the vehicle terrific punch on arrival at any structure fire.
A good point is that this truck can be custom designed for the job that needs to be done by different communities. It can carry up to a 1250-gpm fire pump, 200 feet of 1.75-inch hose, 150 feet of 2.5-inch hose and contain 200 to 300 cubic feet of storage space for rescue or other tools and equipment behind roll-up doors.
Crimson said it was still adding suggested modifications to the prototype model shown in Denver as chiefs and firefighters offered ideas.