|The Greenfield (Ind.) Fire Department’s new Hackney Heavy Rescue is built on a Spartan Gladiator LFD cab and chassis with a 24-inch raised roof.|
|Coffin compartments are used for bulky, but lightweight, items and are accessed via a ladder to the roof. The rescue is equipped with a Will-Burt NightScan light tower. (Greenfield Fire Department Photo)|
|Every inch of the Hackney heavy rescue is used and made accessible by slide-out tool boards, tip-down trays and transverse compartments. Flip-down steps provide running-board-like surfaces to make it easier to retrieve items in the top compartments. (Greenfield Fire Department Photo)|
When the Greenfield (Ind.) Fire Department planned to expand its rescue squad’s capabilities to include technical, collapse and high-angle rescue, it was apparent a new rig was needed.
“We decided we wanted to go with the biggest rescue we could get on a single axle,” said Greenfield Fire Chief James C. Roberts III.
The department selected Hackney Emergency Vehicles, located in Washington, N.C., to build a heavy rescue on a Spartan Gladiator LFD cab and chassis with a 24-inch raised roof.
“They have the drop, pinched frame design, which makes a lot more room for equipment than other manufacturers have,” Roberts said.
Scouting At FDIC
Greenfield is a suburb of Indianapolis, and when it came time last year to buy a replacement for the department’s 1988 GMC medium-duty box rescue, Roberts said he and other members drove the short distance to the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) at the Indiana Convention Center to see what apparatus manufacturers had to offer. They were impressed with a vehicle Hackney had on the show floor.
“We liked the workmanship, the design and the way the trays and tool boards pulled out,” Roberts said. “We liked just about everything about the truck.”
This spring Greenfield’s new heavy rescue took center stage at FDIC as Hackney’s show truck and garnered a lot of envious praise.
“It was a proud day for us,” Roberts said. Hackney gained too, he said, because the Greenfield truck was a complete in-service unit with all the tools and equipment on it. Visitors could see exactly what the rescue could hold and the innovations Hackney built into it.
The truck had custom graphics done by Tracy Badgley of TK Design in Greenfield. Badgley, an Indianapolis firefighter, donated much of work.
Hackney’s earlier 2008 FDIC show truck provided the basis on which Roberts and department members designed an apparatus to meet their particular needs.
“We had to go out and get bids for it,” the chief said. “Three manufacturers picked up bid packages, but only Hackney returned the bid, which was good because Hackney is what we wanted in the first place.”
Roberts said the specification process was a lengthy one as the department took time to specify each compartment on the apparatus and maximize every inch of space. That’s why the department liked the Hackney design, which allows full 40-inch deep compartments as well as transverse storage space for Stokes baskets and backboards.
Greenfield responds to about 3,000 calls annually, and Roberts said the $415,000 rescue truck rolls on many of those calls. In the first few months after delivery, the apparatus responded to a building collapse and a high-angle rescue, as well as countless accidents and routine calls.
“It supports us on all accident calls, machinery accident calls, rope rescues and extrication calls, as well as house fires as it has an SCBA refilling system,” Roberts said.
“It’s performed very well,” he said. “The workmanship is so much better than others we looked at. It looks so much better and is much stronger.”
That sentiment is seconded by Jason Horning, Greenfield’s deputy chief of operations who has responsibilities for the department’s fleet.
Horning said he’s a big fan of the proprietary roll-up door system used by Hackney. The department chose the three-inch door slat style, which deploys like a garage door on tracks and up and over the equipment in the body. That system, Horning said, provides more room for equipment rather than having to dedicate space to the roll at the head of the compartment.
A front bumper winch is another Hackney innovation that Horning said he appreciates. A 9,000-pound Warn winch is tucked into the bumper for storage and can be used where it sits. A notch in the front bumper, accessible by a modified cabinet-style door with a D-Ring locking handle, allows the winch cable to feed off the front of the apparatus. The winch can also be detached and mounted to Reese-style hitches on each side and on the rear.
As other examples of Hackney innovation, Horning pointed out the four recessed back-up lights, mounted in front and back of each of the rear tires, and fold-down steps in the lower compartments.
Extrication tool couplers are built into the front of the apparatus so emergency personnel can connect the department’s Holmatro extrication tools without running excess amounts of hydraulic line.
Even Hackney’s treatment of the Spartan cab and chassis makes a huge difference in apparatus use, Horning said, noting that an emergency medical services cabinet and a work bench were constructed inside the cab while maintaining space for eight people, five with SCBAs.
A dry absorbent dispenser with a 100-pound capacity is built into the body behind the rear wheel on the officer’s side, he said, making it readily accessible when needed for spill control.
“At first, I was a little concerned how it was going to work, but it works very well,” Horning said. He was worried about it clogging, but said that hasn’t been a problem.
The heavy rescue was sold by Brian Bingaman, Hackney’s mid-continent region sales representative located in Cedar Hills, Mo.
“They were awesome to work with,” Roberts said.
Of the company, Horning said, “Hackney is big enough to build what you want, but small enough to give you a lot of personal attention.”
Chief Roberts said the new rescue was designed to accommodate the department’s future needs, but it’s already packed with equipment, generating a new plan to add a trailer.
“We’ve got the rescue ready to go with a hitch and the wiring,” he said. “We’ll definitely be talking with Hackney when it comes time to get a trailer.”
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Hackney Emergency Vehicles Heavy Rescue
• Spartan Gladiator cab and chassis, 24-inch raised cab
• 400-hp Cummins engine
• Allison transmission
• Meritor axles: 18,000-pound front axle; 28,000-pound rear axle
• 50-degree steering cramp angle
• Hackney drop/pinched frame modification.
• Will-Burt NightScan light tower
• Havis-Shields tripod scene lights
• Havis-Shields MagnaFire scene lights
• Onan 35,000-watt pto generator
• Two Holmatro Simo hydraulic pumps
• Two 100-foot Hannay hydraulic reels
• Whelen LED warning lights
• LED Roto-Ray warning light
• Federal Signal Q siren
• Whelen electronic siren
• Buell air horn
• 911 seats
• Zico SCBA brackets
• Motorola radio system
• David Clark intercom system and headsets
• 9,000-pound Warn winch
• American Airworks Space Saver SCBA 4-bottle cascade system and refill station
• EMS cabinet in the cab
• Coffin compartments on top of the body
• Roll-out tool boards and slide-out trays
• Flip down steps on the sides.
Price: $415,000 without equipment
Greenfield Fire Department, Greenfield, Ind.
Strength: 47 career firefighters; 13 volunteers; 2 stations: providing fire suppression, emergency responses and medical attention on about 3,000 calls annually with 75 percent being requests for emergency medical services.
Service area: Suburban area of 54 square miles outside Indianapolis with a population of 25,000.
Other apparatus: 2001 KME 102-foot rear-mount aerial platform; 1998 Pierce Saber pumper with a 1,250-gpm pump and a 500-gallon tank; 1996 Ford/Indiana Fire Apparatus brush truck; 1991 GMC/S&S tanker with a 1,800-gallon tank and 500-gpm pto pump; 1986 Pierce Arrow pumper with a 1,250-gpm pump and 1,200-gallon tank; 2008 GMC 5500 Horton Type III ambulance; 2006 Freightliner/Horton Type III ambulance; a golf cart conversion vehicle for public event EMS responses; staff SUVs; and a 1946 GMC/Howe antique parade apparatus.