With the continued line-of-duty deaths the fire service is experiencing on the roadways, maybe it’s time other departments follow the town of Worcester’s lead and purchase or retrofit apparatus to perform this function.
Recently the department accepted delivery of a Seagrave tractor-drawn aerial (TDA) on a Marauder chassis. The apparatus is painted black over red, and the aerial ladder is also painted black while the trailer’s compartments have roll-up doors that aren't painted.
Rescue 11 is a 2014 Sutphen rescue-pumper equipped with roll-up compartment doors, a Hale 1,750-gpm single-stage pump, and a 500-gallon water tank. The rig is powered by a Cummins ISL 6-cylinder engine and has an Allison EVS 3000 transmission.
The department recently took delivery of a 107-foot Pierce Ascendant heavy-duty steel aerial ladder. It has an Enforcer chassis with a tilt cab and an aluminum body with roll-up compartment doors and side roll and frontal impact protection.
The department’s Squad 27 operates very uniquely with a two-piece company: a rescue engine and support vehicle both built by Alexis on Spartan chassis.
For many fire departments purchasing a new aerial or tower ladder, it’s a time of excitement because they are in the process of getting a more modern and updated apparatus.
In this segment of Compartment Corner, we’re going to take a look at the rear end of Engine 128. The apparatus has a unique compartment layout and design that holds a variety of tools and appliances.
Squad 8 is the “Pride of their Fleet” after the membership spent countless hours designing it and laying out the tool and appliance compartments.
The quint concept had worked so well for the department in the past that the committee felt it was best to continue operating with that concept. They also wanted to improve on the design of their old apparatus. The answer was unanimous in that it needed more hose, but with quint apparatus that could be difficult in gaining better hosebeds.
Engine-Ladder 35 (EL-35) is a 2006 E-One Typhoon 75-rear-mount rearmount HP 75 aerial ladder. It has a 1,500-gpm pump, a 500-gallon water tank, and a 25-gallon Class A foam tank.