BY ALAN M. PETRILLO
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.”
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.”
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.
Getzville (NY) Fire Company
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.
Rescue 1 Heavy Rescue Truck for Getzville (NY) Fire Company
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.