Apparatus Makers Stay Busy
By Alan M. Petrillo
Fire apparatus makers haven’t been letting any grass grow under their collective feet, seemingly always in motion by designing, developing and offering new vehicle models to fill niches that haven’t been tackled yet.
E-ONE recently introduced two new pumpers on its eMAX configuration—an Urban Interface model and a commercial top-mount version.
The Urban Interface eMAX is built on a Typhoon 4×2 chassis with a medium length cab and 12-inch raised roof, barrier style doors, and seating for six in its severe duty interior. It’s powered by a Cummins ISL 400-hp diesel engine, carries a 1,500-gpm enclosed side-mounted pump, a 750-gallon water tank, and 30 gallons of foam. Wheelbase is 168 inches; overall length is 28 feet, six inches; and overall height is 10 feet, five inches.
E-ONE’s commercial top mount eMAX pumper is built on an International 7400 two-door chassis with seating for six. It has a 234-inch wheelbase; overall length of 29 feet, five inches; overall height of nine feet, six inches; and is powered by a Maxx Force 300-hp diesel. It carries a 1,500-gpm pump, a 750-gallon water tank, and 30 gallons of foam.
E-ONE also has rolled out its new Metro 100 ladder#8212;a new aerial design that features a 100-foot single-axle aluminum ladder with a 10-foot, seven-inch travel height; 11-foot jack spread, integral torque box chassis; and a 2.5 to 1 structural safety factor.
Spartan ERV has introduced the multifunction pumper aerial, the MPA 65′, developed in cooperation with its Gimaex joint venture. The vehicle carries a lightweight, three-section 65-foot aluminum aerial ladder on a single axle and adds multiaxis controls, an automatic ladder leveling system, and envelope controls to simplify setup and safety. The MPA 65 can be configured with a 1,250- to 1,500-gpm pump, a 1,000-gpm telescopic aerial waterway, and can carry up to 500 gallons of water. It also uses a proprietary body system that reduces weight and offers 400 cubic feet of compartment space.
Spartan Chassis debuted its Concept Utility Vehicle that can be made available to fire apparatus OEMs in all degrees of finish, with a custom-built interior and exterior. Spartan Chassis also introduced the Series 75, a cab and chassis with a mounted 75-foot aerial ladder.
Rosenbauer is offering its MP3 pumper, a short-wheelbase vehicle (169 inches) that is available with pumps up to 2,000 gpm and tanks carrying up to 1,000 gallons of water.
Pierce Manufacturing’s Arrow XT combination rescue is on an Arrow XT chassis with a 46-inch, two-door cab and seating for two. The unit features all stainless steel construction, powered by a Detroit DD13 500-hp diesel, and an Allison EVS 4000 transmission with pushbutton shift. It has a 26-inch extended bumper with a hose tray, 1½-inch discharge, provisions for a hydraulic hose reel, a six-person bench seat with matching air packs in back, storage boxes and drawers mounted under the body, a Hale 250-gpm pump, 250-gallon water tank, 6,000-psi breathing air system with six storage vessels, a SpaceSaver two-bottle fill enclosure, an Onan 35-kW PTO-driven generator and a Will-Burt Night Scan NS 4.5-9000 light tower.
Smeal Fire Apparatus introduced an 85-foot five-section midmount aerial platform made with 70,000-psi steel that allows 1,000 pounds of dry weight in the platform while flowing 1,000-gpm from the monitor. The aerial has a horizontal reach of 81 feet and is built on a chassis with a 44-foot, eight-inch overall length and 10-foot, two-inch overall height.
Smeal also debuted a custom side-mount rescue pumper for the East Brooklyn (CT) Fire Department that has a Hale QMax 2,000-gpm pump, a 750-gallon water tank, and 20-gallon foam cell on Smeal’s Sirius II chassis and cab with a 10-inch raised roof. The vehicle carries an Elkhart Brass Vulcan remote-controlled monitor with an 18-inch extender, a FoamPro 2001 Class A Foam system, all ROM rollup doors, FRC Evolution recessed 12-volt LED lights, a Harrison 12-kW MDS hydraulic generator, and a Will-Burt NS4 5-4,500 Magnafire light tower.
HME introduced its Mini EVO pumper on a Ford F-550 4×4 Super Cab with a stainless steel initial attack pumper-rescue body, powered by a 300-hp 6.7-liter V8 turbo diesel and six-speed automatic transmission. The rig carries a 1,500-gpm Hale DSD single-stage side-mount pump, Elkhart stainless steel ball valves, all stainless steel plumbing, a 400-gallon water tank, and a Hale 2.1A Class A foam system.
ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based freelance writer and is a member of the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment editorial advisory board. He served 22 years with the Verdoy (NY) Fire Department, including in the position of chief.