Chassis Components, Petrillo, Rescues

Getzville (NY) Volunteer Fire Company Replaces 20-Year-Old Rescue

Issue 2 and Volume 24.

The Getzville (NY) Volunteer Fire Company wanted to replace a 20-year-old stainless steel body rescue truck that didn’t have the room needed to carry added equipment, so the fire company put together a truck committee that researched what the firefighters liked about their current rescue as well as documented its shortcomings. The truck committee developed specifications and sent bid requests to seven rescue truck manufacturers. Rescue 1 was the winner of the bid.

Dan Demerle, past chief of Getzville, says he was cochair of the truck committee with then second assistant chief and now first assistant chief Dan Cownie. “We were replacing a 1997 Saulsbury/Spartan chassis stainless steel rescue that we had outgrown in terms of the equipment we needed to carry,” Demerle says. “The truck committee wanted to be sure that our new heavy rescue would suit our needs down the road for a 15- to 20-year period but also have room to be adaptable, because we don’t mind moving things around on our vehicles. With a custom rescue truck, we wanted to be able to adapt the various spaces for exactly what we wanted to put in a compartment.”

PREPARATION

Jack Bills, territory manager for Colden Enterprises, who sold the truck to Getzville, says, “The Getzville committee was one of the most prepared truck committees that I’ve ever worked with. They knew the kind of information that we would need to be able to work with them, they had identified the shortcomings of the rescue they were replacing, and they thought about what kind of changes could be made to fix those shortcomings.”

Rescue 1 built this heavy rescue truck for the Getzville (NY) Volunteer Fire Company on a Spartan Gladiator chassis and cab with seating for eight firefighters.

1 Rescue 1 built this heavy rescue truck for the Getzville (NY) Volunteer Fire Company on a Spartan Gladiator chassis and cab with seating for eight firefighters. (Photos courtesy of Rescue 1.)

The truck has a wheelbase of 243 inches, an overall length of 38 feet 8 inches, and an overall height of 11 feet

2 The truck has a wheelbase of 243 inches, an overall length of 38 feet 8 inches, and an overall height of 11 feet.

The Getzville rig has a 22-foot 4-inch aluminum heavy-duty walk-around body with a ladder at the rear to access topside coffin compartments

3 The Getzville rig has a 22-foot 4-inch aluminum heavy-duty walk-around body with a ladder at the rear to access topside coffin compartments.

The rescue truck’s rear compartment holds two AMKUS 240SS power units, four AMKUS hydraulic hose reels of 200 feet each, and AMKUS hydraulic rescue tools.

4 The rescue truck’s rear compartment holds two AMKUS 240SS power units, four AMKUS hydraulic hose reels of 200 feet each, and AMKUS hydraulic rescue tools.

Mike Marquis, vice president of national sales for Rescue 1, says the finished product is a custom heavy rescue built on a Spartan Gladiator chassis with extended long four-door cab with a 24-inch raised roof that seats eight personnel: driver, officer, and six firefighters in three rear-facing and three forward-facing Bostrom crew seats and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) holders. The heavy rescue is powered by a 500-horsepower (hp) Cummins ISX15 engine and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission.

department

Getzville (NY) Fire Company

Strength: Volunteer fire department with 78 firefighters; two stations.

Service area: The Getzville (NY) Fire Company provides fire, rescue, and emergency medical services response covering 13.5 square miles in the center of Amherst, New York, which includes State University of New York Buffalo North campus, many hotels, nursing homes, apartment complexes, and senior living complexes. The fire company also provides automatic daytime mutual aid to a fire department to its west. Population served is 20,000 residents, although daytime population swells to approximately 35,000.

Other apparatus: Three 2007 American LaFrance pumpers, 1,500-gpm pumps, 750-gallon water tanks; 2002 American LaFrance LTI 100-foot aerial platform; 2007 Ford box truck for water and ice rescue; 2011 Braun advanced life support ambulance; 2018 Chevy Suburban EMS response vehicle; 2008 Chevy Silverado utility pickup; four chief vehicles.

Vehicle dimensions include a 243-inch wheelbase, 38-foot 8-inch overall length, and 11-foot overall height. The heavy rescue also has front and rear air suspensions that allow the truck to “kneel” three inches. The rescue has a 22-foot 4-inch all-aluminum 100-inch-wide heavy-duty walk-around body with compartments covered by Robinson roll-up doors, a ladder at the rear to reach four coffin compartments on top of the rig, and an air-over-electric-operated hopper for oil dry.

Marquis says the Getzville rig features all roll-out trays, tip-down trays, and roll-out tool boards for easy access to equipment. The vehicle also has a 20-bottle storage rack for SCBA cylinders and a six-bottle storage rack for one-hour cylinders.

specs

Rescue 1 Heavy Rescue Truck for Getzville (NY) Fire Company

  • Spartan Gladiator chassis and cab with 100-inch-wide body and seating for eight firefighters
  • Three rear-facing and three-forward facing Bostrom seats and SCBA holders in crew cab
  • Hand lights and portable radios next to each firefighter seat in cab
  • 22-foot 4-inch aluminum heavy-duty walk-around body with ladder to top
  • 243-inch wheelbase
  • 38-foot, 8-inch overall length
  • 11-foot overall height
  • 28-inch extended front bumper with full size hinged cover utility box
  • 9,000-pound Warn portable winch and four receiver points
  • 12-inch recessed rear bumper with receiver and tow eye and angle of departure of eight degrees
  • Robinson roll-up doors
  • All side compartments transverse above the frame from street to curb side
  • Roll-out trays, tip-down trays, roll-out tool boards
  • Polypropylene toolbox
  • 20-bottle storage rack for SCBA cylinders
  • Six-bottle storage rack for one-hour cylinders
  • Harrison Hydra-Gen 40-kW generator
  • Three Hannay electric cable reels with 200 feet of cable each
  • Will-Burt Night Scan PowerLite light tower with six Whelen 150-watt LED heads
  • Hannay 3⁄8-inch air hose reel with 200 feet of hose
  • Utility air pressure generator
  • Two AMKUS 240SS power units and four AMKUS hydraulic hose reels of 200 feet each in rear compartment
  • Whelen Super LED M series warning lights
  • Six Whelen Pioneer LED flood lights on sides of vehicle
  • Three Whelen LED flood lights at rear
  • Nine Whelen 2G LED compartment lights
  • Whelen TAZ 86 Super LED 30-inch traffic advisor
  • Amdor Luma Bar under-body ground lights
  • Federal Q2B electric air horn

Price including AMKUS pumps, reels, and Harrison generator: $915,000

Getzville carries two ladders on the roof of the vehicle next to the coffin compartments.

5 Getzville carries two ladders on the roof of the vehicle next to the coffin compartments.

The rig’s compartments are covered by Robinson roll-up doors and feature roll-out and tip-down trays and roll-out tool boards

6 The rig’s compartments are covered by Robinson roll-up doors and feature roll-out and tip-down trays and roll-out tool boards.

The console between the driver and officer positions in the cab.

7 The console between the driver and officer positions in the cab.

The vehicle’s front bumper is extended 28 inches and has a utility box inset in it with a full-size hinged cover. The rig carries a 9,000-pound Warn portable winch and has winch receiver points on the front, rear, and each side.

“There is a lot of lighting on this heavy rescue,” Marquis points out. The rescue has a Will-Burt Night Scan PowerLite light tower with six Whelen 150-watt LED heads, Whelen Super LED M series warning lights, six Whelen Pioneer LED flood lights (three on each side of the vehicle), three Whelen LED flood lights at the rear, nine Whelen 2G LED compartment lights, Amdor Luma Bar under-body ground lights, and a Whelen TAZ 86 Super LED 30-inch traffic advisor.

Getzville’s heavy rescue also has a 40-kW Harrison Hydra-Gen generator, three Hannay electric cable reels with 200 feet of electric cable each, a utility air pressure generator, a Hannay 3⁄8-inch air hose reel with 200 feet of hose, two AMKUS 240SS power units and four AMKUS hydraulic hose reels of 200 feet each in the rear compartment, and a Federal Q2B electric air horn.


ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based journalist, the author of three novels and five nonfiction books, and 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.