The rig is far from typical of its class because it also carries two Task Force Tips 1,500-gpm Typhoon monitors on top of the rear of the body, one on each corner.
Technical rescue, urban search and rescue (USAR), and hazmat trucks must carry specialized rescue equipment that often is not seen on typical municipal rescue trucks. At times, the type and size of such specialized equipment require apparatus manufacturers to craft custom spaces on their trucks to accommodate them.
All the stations were deficient in a number of ways, and some had operational and firefighter health and safety issues. The city decided the solution to its firehouse problems was centralization of all six fire companies into a single station.
Apparatus manufacturers have gone to great lengths in their efforts to provide storage solutions for fire departments that have special, and sometimes unusual, needs in housing the equipment they want their rescues to carry.
SVI Trucks built this heavy rescue for Sherman (TX) Fire-Rescue on a Spartan Metro Star LFD chassis and cab with a 20-inch raised roof and a 22-foot aluminum body.
Los Angeles City (CA) Fire Department battalion chiefs are getting new RAM 3500 trucks with four-door cabs, powered by eight-cylinder diesel engines with command modules built into the rear beds of the pickups. (All photos courtesy of Los Angeles City Fire Department .)
The district needed a truck that had as large a water tank as possible because of the many nonhydranted areas to which it responds.
Apparatus manufacturers are turning out both custom engines and tried-and-true designs for fire agencies around the country, responding to those departments’ particular needs.
Depending on the area of the country and the needs of the fire department, the types of foam systems being installed on wildland pumpers run the gamut from direct-injection systems of various capabilities to simple around-the-pump foam systems.
Wildland fire personnel use personal protective equipment (PPE) that is designed and constructed for their special needs, which are different in a number of respects from structural turnout gear, and which include durability, comfort, and protection.