When it comes to making an apparatus firefighter friendly, many firefighters polled answered that they’d like quick and unimpeded access to primary hooks and, in some cases, other hand tools such as the irons when disembarking the cab.
Engine 43 is a 2013 Stuphen Monarch rescue-pumper.
The rig has seating for six firefighters with five seats SCBA-equipped. The apparatus is powered by a 500-hp Cummins IS12 engine and has a Hale Qmax 2,000-gpm pump and a 500-gallon water tank.
Rescue-Engine Company 3 responds to all structure fires, fire alarms, motor vehicle accidents with entrapments, stalled elevator emergencies, and water rescues.
This edition of "Compartment Corner" covers Northwood's Engine 83, a 2017 Pierce Impel PUC rescue-engine with TAK-4 suspension, a 750-gallon water tank, and 30-gallon Class A foam tank.
The first compartment behind the pump controls is an operator compartment and tool storage compartment for hand tools.
Engine 974 is a 2013 KME Predator XLFD engine with a 1,750-gallon pump and a 750-gallon tank. It has a top-mount pump control panel and rescue-body-style compartment layout.
To assist the apparatus operators and mechanics, some departments have created a "Quick Information/Lubrication Guide Chart" to take some of the guesswork out of remembering all those numbers and capacities while also making it easier to retrieve the information quickly.
The left rear compartment is considered the primary extrication compartment, but the front bumper is also equipped with two pre-piped hydraulic reels with two extrication tools hooked up and ready to go.
In this edition of Compartment Corner, we are going to look at the two compartments on the officer’s side of Truck 37’s apparatus.