Firefighter safety in mounting and dismounting apparatus, as well as when pulling hose and accessing equipment, was a major concern for the Philadelphia (PA) Fire Department when it chose a vendor for new pumpers.
The props being built into new stations include those for rappelling, bailout training, laddering, confined space training, and self-contained breathing apparatus mazes. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Departments that protect industrial facilities need apparatus with the capacity for enormous amounts of water to extinguish fires in such facilities. Thus the pumpers and aerials differ in pump capacity, water flow arrangements, and foam capabilities. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Whether you call them fast-attack units, mini pumpers, or quick-attack pumpers, these rigs have similar features and missions. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Fire Station 28, the first of the two, which was completed in 2009, cost $7.2 million and was initially conceived as a renovation project. Fire Station 38, completed in 2011 at a construction cost of $3.8 million, is a smaller urban site that once was a gasoline station.
Grand Chute's apparatus committee reviewed several Pierce chassis models and chose the PUC™ pumper on a Velocity chassis and rescue-pumper body.
Department chiefs, officers, wildland fire managers, and firefighters talked with wildland apparatus manufacturers and climbed over wildland and WUI rigs that might someday be in their fleet.
The vehicle is built on a Spartan Metro Star chassis with an all stainless steel body, powered by a Cummins 450-hp ISL 9 diesel engine, and an Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission. The pumper has a 2,000-gpm Waterous CMUC20 two-stage pump, a 1,000-gallon water tank, a 30-gallon foam tank, and a FoamPro 2001 single-agent foam system.
Features of the station include a museum that features a 1922 Seagrave pumper and other artifacts; a hose tower that acts as an urban marker for people entering the city of Brandon along 18thStreet, one of only two means of access to Brandon from the TransCanada Highway; and the incorporation of a province-wide 911 center (excluding Winnipeg) in the administration part of the station.
The Chicago (IL) Fire Department has taken delivery of eight custom rescue squads - four walk-through models and four squads carrying Rosenbauer ACP-55 articulating Cobra platforms.