Monroe Township Fire & Ambulance Protection District, Monroe Center, IL, tanker. Freightliner 108SD cab and chassis; Cummins L9 400-hp engine; and APR 3,500-gallon polypropylene water tank.
This quick-attack fire apparatus was recently purchased by the Tipton County (TN) Fire Department. It is built on a Ford F-550 XL crew cab chassis.
Oxford (NJ) Volunteer Fire Department tanker-pumper. Freightliner M2 112 cab and chassis; Cummins L9 450EV engine; Waterous CSU 1,250-gpm pump; 3,000-gallon APR polypropylene tank; and stainless steel Newton 10-inch square dump valve with electric telescoping chutes.
Merrill (IA) Fire & Rescue tanker-pumper. Freightliner cab and chassis; Cummins L9 350-hp engine; Darley LSP 1,000-gpm pump; and UPF Poly 2,000-gallon water tank.
Beaman (IA) Volunteer Fire Department brush truck. Ford F-550 cab and chassis; Ford 6.8L V10 288-hp engine; Darley 2BE 18V 300-gpm portable pump; UPF Poly 400-gallon tank.
New River Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Crumpler, NC, pumper-tanker. Freightliner M2 106 cab and chassis; Cummins L9 350-hp engine; Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump; APR polypropylene 3,000-gallon water tank.
The new Midwest rig will have a 2,000-gallon tank and 1,000-gpm pump.
Tarkio (MO) Rural Fire Department brush truck. Ford F-550 Super Cab and chassis; Power Stroke 6.7L 4V OHV 330-hp diesel engine; Darley 2BE 21-hp 375-gpm portable pump; UPF Poly 400-gallon water tank.
Visitors were given a tour of the facility, highlighting areas including the sales team, project management team, and production floor team members.
Two items are worthy of discussion. The first is the continuing success of what I admiringly call a mom-and-pop fire truck manufacturer. The second is the concept of selling factory direct by choice. Atchison agreed to and gave several in-depth and candid interviews.