By Bill Adams Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with many older members of rural fire companies. If they ever came to morning coffee with the Raisin Squad, they’d fit right in. I call them “farmers”—a nonderogatory term I use and fortunately one most don’t take offense to. After all, who wants...
The next step in the evolution of the Ahrens-Fox WUI, Wildland Urban Interface – the AF-WUI2, headed for service with the Salem Township Fire Department, in Salem, Michigan. Released to the industry in 2018, the AF-WUI offered departments with mixed environments the perfect balance of Type-1 Interface functionality and Type-3 capability. A high-clearance 4×4 chassis,...
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.
Take a look at the Teague (TX) Volunteer Fire Department's Skeeter Brush Trucks "Brush 99" rig.
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.
HME Ahrens-Fox engineers and designers worked with Cal OES to develop an enhanced version of the traditional Type 6 Wildland apparatus with the capability to deliver additional fire suppression, more equipment storage capacity, and specialized power extraction and rescue tools.
Forrest Fire Department, Melrose, NM, wildland unit. Freightliner M2 cab and chassis; Cummins L9 350-hp engine; Hale MaxStream HPX300-KBD24 190-gpm portable pump; UPF Poly 1,200-gallon water tank.
A collection of recent fire apparatus deliveries for July 2019.
Arcus Fire has developed a new all terrain tracked vehicle, able to suppress up to 24 acres of wildfire per hour, and be refilled by any helicopter with a water bucket.
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.