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.
On the officer’s side of the rig, the department members refer to the large roll-up compartment just behind the pump panel and discharges as the “Garage Door.”
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.