Surprise (AZ) Fire-Medical Department Type 6 wildland brush truck; Dodge Ram 5500 4×4 Crew Cab and chassis; Cummins 6.5L 16 360-hp diesel engine; Waterous CAF system; and 300-gallon polypropylene water tank.
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Here's the August 2008 Apparatus Showcase--a collection of 22 recent fire apparatus deliveries with brief specs.
When specing its new Type 3 wildland engine, the Hudson (CO) Fire Protection District chose an eight-foot aluminum SVI body mounted on a Freightliner 108SD chassis.
Blue Lake Rancheria Fire Department, Blue Lake Rancher, CA, Type II pumper. International 7400 SFA cab and chassis; Cummins L9 350-hp engine; and Hale RSD PTO 1,000-gpm pump.
A wide variety of aircraft are in use helping ground crews fight wildland fires, from fixed-wing aircraft to customized helicopters carrying water/retardant tanks to choppers hauling buckets on cables and even drones that can drop off equipment to ground crews.
Infrared thermal imaging cameras (TICs) and digital video cameras are being used onboard unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and wildland aircraft to scope out the complexity of wildland fires; identify troublesome areas; and, in another application, as an asset in search and rescue (SAR) situations.
The Central Lyon (NV) Fire Protection District had been considering purchasing a Type 3 wildland engine for a couple of years but wanted to do an outright purchase instead of bonding, so it took its time to find the right rig and the right price.
Wildland firefighting may be similar in some ways to structural firefighting, but there are more differences than similarities. Likewise, the apparatus used in wildland firefighting differs too, especially in the setup of wildland apparatus and the types and capacities of the pumps the rigs carry.
For the past four years, the REV Group has acquired well respected names in the fire service including E-ONE, KME, and Ferrara, and in February, the company added the assets of Spartan, including Smeal and Ladder Tower Company.