Pierce Manufacturing Inc. built a 107-foot Ascendant® heavy-duty tiller quint for the Santa Maria City (CA) Fire Department on an Arrow XT™ chassis with an aluminum body powered by a Cummins 565-hp X15 engine and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission.
When the Jefferson City (MO) Fire Department was nearing the end of a 10-year lease on five pumpers and two aerials, its entire front-line fleet, the city government decided to make use of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program to replace all seven apparatus with newly purchased rigs.
Ferrara Fire Apparatus recently supplied eight custom pumpers to the San Francisco (CA) Fire Department on Igniter chassis with 169-inch wheelbases and 96-inch-wide flat-roof cabs with seating for six firefighters.
When Maryland decided to create a grade-separated interchange at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road in Silver Spring—two major north-south and east-west roads—the department’s 1950s two-bay, back-in fire station would have been landlocked with no road access, which meant it needed to find a new location for a new station.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) makers are building personal escape equipment into structural firefighting pants, while personal escape system and other manufacturers offer new and redesigned bailout devices, anchors, and ropes for the latest technology in personal safety equipment.
Fire departments are turning to utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for a number of different applications, including emergency response in rough terrain, as wildland firefighting units, as ancillary pumpers to engine companies, and as quick-response rescue and emergency medical service (EMS) units.
From east to west and north to south, fire departments are having manufacturers build smaller units that are carrying larger pumps and performing many functions that typically are done with Type 1 pumpers.
The various styles of command vehicles used by fire departments range from large RV-sized vehicles and trailers, to small command areas built into the back of SUVs and pickup trucks.
The fire company put together a truck committee that researched what the firefighters liked about their current rescue as well as documenting its shortcomings.
The department's existing aerial, a 1993 unit, was approaching 25 years in service and was costing the department money and continuing maintenance to keep it operating properly.