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.
In whatever training you provide, creating a qualified operator who can skillfully operate the apparatus while responding and operating at a fire or emergency should be our common goal.
Engine 97 is a 2006 Freightliner chassis with a crew cab, and the body was manufactured by 4 Guys Fire Trucks located in Meyersdale, PA.
The department operates Rescue 5, which is a 2016 Pierce Impel 84-inch chassis with a 20-inch raised-roof tilt cab with a 24-foot nonwalk-in rescue body.
On the front bumper, the members created more storage by mounting small hand tools onto the inner section of the compartment’s lid. Here they have quick access to a seat belt cutter, windshield saw, and a cable cutter.
On the officer’s side of the apparatus, the crew has quick access to their hand tools and extinguishers when deploying from the crew cab.