The Loveland (CO) Fire Rescue Authority has an apparatus replacement system in place that has engines running for 12 years of front-line service with five years in reserve before being replaced by new rigs. Loveland standardized its engine design specs in 2010 and since that time has purchased four pumpers from SVI Trucks, the most recent being a rescue-pumper delivered in August 2018.
Built on a Spartan Gladiator MFD (medium four door) chassis and cab, the rescue-pumper is powered by a Cummins 450-hp ISL9 diesel engine, and an Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission. The vehicle has a wheelbase of 184 inches, an overall length of 31 feet 11 inches, and an overall height of 9 feet 11 inches.
“The basic concept we use on our engines is consistency through all of them,” says Greg Ward, division chief of operations for Loveland Fire Rescue Authority. “Equipment is almost in identical locations on each engine because every year and a half to two years engineers move among our five staffed stations. And, each of our engines carries a battery-powered combi tool.”
Jason Kline, Colorado and Wyoming sales manager for SVI Trucks, says the Loveland rescue-pumper has a Waterous 1,500-gpm pump, a 500-gallon water tank, a 20-gallon Class A foam cell, a FoamPro 2001 foam system, and Akron Brass valves. “The body is constructed of 3/16-inch aluminum, compartments are covered by ROM roll-up doors and have OnScene Solutions cargo slides in them, and the engine has a Ziamatic ladder lift and air-operated split hosebed covers.”
The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority is a combination department with 90 paid firefighters and 18 volunteers operating out of eight stations that provide fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials, ARFF, confined space, collapse and trench rescue, and EMS response services to a population of 100,000 in an area that covers 190 square miles.
Ward points out that Loveland has a fifth rescue-pumper on order with SVI Trucks, scheduled for delivery in 2019 and identical to the four prior pumpers with only small changes. “On the newest engine we have and the one planned for next year, there is an 1½-inch preconnect in the rear for a Fognail® piercing nozzle,” he says. “The Fognail puts out a fine mist that converts to steam, and we’ve deployed the Fognail several times. It’s especially good in attic fires where we’ve seen significant reduction in damage. And if we are in a wildland fire situation, we can break off the Fognail connection and hook up wildland hose to the preconnect.”
Loveland’s rescue-pumper has no crosslays, but rather deploys all handlines off the rear. “We have 200 feet of 1¾-inch hose preconnected, 300 feet of 2-inch hose, 200 feet of 3-inch hose preconnected with a Task Force Tips Blitzfire nozzle, and a 3-inch preconnect wyed to two 1¾-inch outlets,” Ward says. “In the hosebed, we carry 1,000 feet of 5-inch LDH, and several hundred feet of 2½-inch hose dead load. Our extended front bumper carries 150 feet of 1¾-inch preconnected hose, and there’s 100 feet of 1-inch booster hose in a reel over the side-mount pump module, as well as an Akron Brass 1,200-gpm manual deck gun on top of the engine.”
The rescue-pumper is outfitted with LED headlights, Whelen LED warning lights, an FRC Spectra LED brow light, FRC Spectra LED scene lights on each side, and two FRC Spectra LED scene lights at the rear of the vehicle.
Loveland’s apparatus fleet, besides the five front-line Type 1 engines, includes an aerial platform, four water tenders (tankers), two Type 3 engines, five Type 6 engines, a heavy rescue, three reserve engines, a reserve aerial ladder, a dive/rescue truck, a hazmat truck, three ARFF vehicles, a medium rescue/air/light truck, and a mobile command vehicle.
ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Ariz.-based journalist, the author of three novels and five non-fiction books, and a member of the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment editorial advisory board. He served 22 years with Verdoy (NY) Fire Department, including the position of chief.