Franklin Park's chief says that the interstates are the reason for the large size pump and water tank on the fire company's previous and its now-current 4 Guys pumper-tanker.
PL Custom Body and Equipment Co. Inc. has supplied a second critical care transport vehicle to Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne, Indiana, an identical unit to one PL Custom built and delivered to Lutheran in November 2014.
The 2015 Darley pumper is on a Spartan Metro Star chassis and cab with seating for six firefighters.
Not every district can afford to build a brand new station. Some must rehab and renovate existing stations to carry them into the future. ALAN M. PETRILLO
Considerations and possible manufacturer alterations to enable new apparatus to fit into older stations include vehicle height, length, width, and weight. ALAN M. PETRILLO
The department was able to get a stock fire truck similar to what it wanted brought to the station, backed into a bay to clear the overhead, and fit securely in the apparatus bay.
The rescue-pumper, delivered in June 2015, is built on a Marauder II chassis with a 141-inch cab with a 10-inch raised roof and is powered by a Cummins 450-horsepower engine and an Allison six-speed automatic transmission.
The vehicle is a pumper-tanker on a Kenworth T470 two-door chassis powered by a Paccar PX-9 380-horsepower diesel engine and an Allison transmission and carrying a Darley LSP 1,000-gallon-per-minute (gpm) pump for pump-and-roll, and a 3,500-gallon APR Plastic Fabricating polypropylene water tank.
Storage options include purpose-built lockers with lockable security doors and units that are open to the air to allow the turnout gear to dry faster. ALAN M. PETRILLO
The trend is toward carrying as much water as possible and finding efficient methods of filling water tanks and delivering the water. A look at some creative manufacturing ideas for performing these functions. ALAN M. PETRILLO