SVI Trucks Builds 4WD Medium Rescue Truck for Monahans (TX) Fire Rescue

Al Petrillo takes you inside Monahans Fire Rescue's medium rescue truck, built by SVI.

By Alan M. Petrillo

Monahans (TX) Fire Rescue, the largest fire department in the northeast part of Ward County, TX, covers a mostly rural area heavily populated by oil fields and oil and natural gas rigs. The department needed to replace a bread-truck type rescue with a more modern apparatus, and one that had off-road four-wheel-drive capabilities to handle the rough terrain the department responds in.

SVI Trucks built this medium rescue for Monahans (TX) Fire Rescue on a Freightliner M2 106 four-wheel drive chassis and cab with seating for five firefighters. (Photos 1-6 courtesy of Metro Fire Apparatus.)

“The oil and gas industry is very big locally,” says Randy Crabtree, Monahans Fire Rescue’s chief. “The oil fields are really busy with a lot of traffic in and out, and we are seeing big, heavy truck wrecks on almost a daily basis,” Crabtree observes. “We needed to be able to respond well to those incidents and our old bread truck rescue was not up to doing the job properly. So we looked at rescue trucks from several manufacturers, and ultimately chose SVI Trucks because of the quality of the vehicles it builds, and the service from our local dealer.”

The Monahans medium rescue is powered by a 350-horsepower (hp) Cummins L9 diesel engine, and an Allison 3000 EVS five speed automatic transmission.

Crabtree notes that Monahans Fire Rescue covers 935 square miles with 41 volunteer firefighters from a single station. It’s fleet, besides the new medium rescue, includes two Type 1 engines, two Type 6 wildland engines, and four ex-military 6×6 brush trucks.

The rear of the Monahans rescue has a built-in stairway with three compartments on the lower risers.

The new SVI medium rescue is built on a Freightliner M2 106 four-wheel-drive chassis and cab with seating for five firefighters, four of which are in self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) H.O. Bostrom seats with SecureAll™ brackets. The rig is powered by a 350-horsepower Cummins L9 diesel engine and an Allison 3000 EVS five-speed automatic transmission, has a wheelbase of 231 inches, an overall length of 30 feet, and an overall height of 11 feet, says Brian Cudaback, salesman for Metro Fire Apparatus, who sold the rig to Monahans. “They needed a truck that could go off road, but wasn’t overly big in size,” Cudaback points out. “It is used as a rapid response vehicle and very often there are some long travel times to get to the oil field wrecks that they respond to.”

Wheelbase on the SVI medium rescue for Monahans is 231 inches, overall length is 30 feet, and overall height is 11 feet.

Jay Adams, SVI’s western regional manager, says that the Monahans Fire Rescue medium rescue has an OnScene Solutions 1,000-pound slide-out tray in the truck’s transverse L1/R1 compartment. “That compartment and all the others have OnScene Solutions cargo slides and compartment lighting,” Adams says. “The rescue truck has a Resolve Specialty Space Saver mobile filling station, and a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) module for a dozen eight-inch SCBA bottles,” Adams says. “It has a Command Light CL series light tower painted green to match the truck’s color scheme, an 8,000-pound Warn Zeon 8-S 12-volt DC electric winch, a step compartment storage area with a lift-up door, a Lista drawer cabinet in one compartment, and four storage compartments separated by a walkway on top of the rescue.”

The medium rescue has a 1,000-pound OnScene Solutions slide-out tray in the transverse L1/R1 compartment, and a Command Light CL series light tower painted to match the vehicle’s body color.

ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Ariz.-based journalist, the author of three novels and five non-fiction books, and a member of the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment editorial advisory board. He served 22 years with Verdoy (NY) Fire Department, including the position of chief.

Four coffin compartments are on the top of the Monahans medium rescue.

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