An ARFF, Two Aerials And More

Other apparatus of interest exhibited at FDIC 2010 included the Striker Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle by Oshkosh Airport Products.

The Striker incorporates Pulse Delivery, which allows firefighters to deliver dry chemical powder more than 90 feet – more than three times the capability of other systems, according to Pete Evans, director of global Striker development.

Evans said the standard 1,950-gpm single-stage pump provides output to all discharges at 240 psi, but that Oshkosh offers an optional 2,650-gpm pump for departments that need the added pumping capacity.

“The Striker also offers electronic foam proportioning, a wide selection of bumper turrets, and a high-reach extendable turret,” he said. “It’s engineered to accommodate Ultra High Pressure technology, a high-pressure water system and a compressed air foam system.”

KME introduced its 100-foot Aerialcat ladder, which is built on the new Predator MFD chassis with a 100-inch wide cab and a 10-inch raised roof. It is available in rear- and mid-mount styles.

Philip J. Gerace, KME’s director of sales and marketing, said the Aerialcat’s platform provides 25 percent more space, giving additional room to operate without an increase in apparatus length. The platform also has increased front heat shield protection, angled corners for a superior turning radius and a self-closing and latching hands-free platform door latch. Tip load is an unrestricted 500 pounds.

The Aerialcat is powered by a Cummins ISX15 600-hp diesel engine, and carries a Waterous CSU-200, 2,000-gpm single-stage pump and a 500-gallon water tank with 25 gallons of foam.

Crimson Fire exhibited the Transformer, an aluminum-bodied pumper on a Spartan Metro Star chassis with a 750-gallon water tank and 10-gallon foam tank. The Transformer carries a Darley 1,250-gpm to 1,500-gpm PTO pump in a pump control module that can be mounted anywhere on the vehicle.

“With the pump package, it means a smaller area is taken up by the pump, and all the valves are hydraulically controlled,” said Nick Langerock, Crimson Fire’s marketing manager. “If the pump module is mounted elsewhere instead of in its traditional location, we can provide transverse compartments directly behind the cab with full pull-out crosslay trays.”

Crimson Fire also showed its new Hydra-Load hose loading system, where outrigger arms lower a side-mounted hose bed to within 20 inches of the ground. The rack will hold up to 1,500 feet of 5-inch hose, according to Langerock.

Sutphen of Amlin, Ohio, introduced its new SL 100 aerial ladder, built on a Sutphen 62-inch chassis with 10-inch half-raised roof and stainless steel four-door six-person cab. The tandem rear axle carries 40,000 pounds, while the front axle carries 23,000 pounds.

Company President Drew Sutphen said the SL 100 carries a Hale QMAX 1,500-gpm pump and a 300-gallon booster tank, has ladder storage in a compartment in the rear of the body and 231 cubic feet of compartment space.

Another new Sutphen vehicle introduced at FDIC was the Guardian pumper. The rig has a 185-inch wheelbase on a Sutphen Guardian chassis with a four-door six-person cab and an extruded aluminum rescue-style body.

The Guardian has a Hale QFLO 1,250-gpm pump and carries a 1,000-gallon water tank.

Seagrave Fire Apparatus of Clintonville, Wis., displayed its Marauder II stainless steel cab design on a top-mount custom chassis pumper that’s available in split-tilt cab lengths of 108, 130, 140 and 150-inches. The pumper had a Cummins ISM 500-hp engine, an Allison 4000 EVS transmission, a Hale QMAX 1,500-gpm pump and a 1,000-gallon T-type water tank.

U.S. Tanker of Burlington, Wis., brought its Guardian to FDIC, a tanker that can be built on either a commercial or custom chassis.

Norbe Puroll, a company spokesman, said the model on display had a 1,250-gpm pump, a 1,000-gallon water tank and a 25-gallon foam tank. 

“U.S. Tanker vehicles have stainless steel frames and sub-frames, as well as in the body and pump house frames,” Puroll said. “We offer a wide selection of compartment and door types, in both pumper and rescue style.”

Options, he noted, include portable tank racks, ladder racks, crosslays, pre-connects and SCBA storage.

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