Bedford (TX) Fire Department Gets Custom Pumper, Midmount Aerial Quint from Spartan ER

Keeping continuity of the fleet intact was a major reason Bedford again turned to Spartan ER for a new custom pumper and a 100-foot midmount aerial platform quint.

Special Delivery | Alan M. Petrillo

The Bedford Fire Department protects the 10-square-mile city of Bedford, a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, next door to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, with 63 full-time paid firefighters working out of three fire stations with a fleet of Spartan ER apparatus.

Keeping continuity of the fleet intact was a major reason Bedford again turned to Spartan ER for a new custom pumper and a 100-foot midmount aerial platform quint.

“In addition to the continuity issue, we also wanted to keep our crews safe through Spartan ER’s Advanced Protection System® (APS) and the use of the WABCO Meritor Smart Track Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system,” says Sean Fay, Bedford’s chief. “Our older apparatus had the first version of APS and also an older version of the stability control system, so those two newer safety systems were a big improvement for us, and we are very happy with them.”

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Fay points out that the Bedford district has a lot of mature trees and tight spaces around town as well as quite a few midrise buildings. “That’s why we went with a 100-foot midmount aerial platform quint,” he says, “because we can get it into a lot more places than we can with our 2009 Spartan 100-foot rear-mount aerial ladder. It also has a lower profile than a rear-mount aerial, and the driver’s view is not obstructed by a platform, so it’s easier to navigate the truck. We also worked with Spartan ER to change the original geometry of the truck so that we achieved an angle of approach of 11 degrees and an angle of departure of 9 degrees.”

Spartan ER built this custom engine on a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis and cab with 10-inch raised roof, Spartan APS, and WABCO Meritor Smart Track ESC.

 Spartan ER built this custom engine on a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis and cab with 10-inch raised roof, Spartan APS, and WABCO Meritor Smart Track ESC. (Photos courtesy of the Bedford Fire Department.)

The pumper has a Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump, a UPF 500-gallon water tank, a UPF 30-gallon foam tank, and a FoamPro 2002 Class A foam system.

 The pumper has a Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump, a UPF 500-gallon water tank, a UPF 30-gallon foam tank, and a FoamPro 2002 Class A foam system.

Brian Cudaback, sales manager for Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc., who sold the two vehicles to Bedford, says the midmount platform is built on a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis and cab with a 10-inch raised roof and a Spartan aluminum Star Series body and is powered by a 600-horsepower (hp) Cummins X15 engine with a compression brake and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission with a transmission retarder. The wheelbase is 258 inches, the overall length is 49 feet 11 inches, and the overall height is 11 feet 4 inches.

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Bedford (TX) Fire Department

Strength: 63 full-time paid firefighters, nine other personnel; three stations.

Service area: The department provides fire protection, technical rescue, emergency medical services, and transport ambulance to the city of Bedford in northeast Tarrant County, Texas, a 10-square-mile area with a population of 49,800.

Other apparatus: 2014 Spartan ER pumper, 1,500-gpm pump, 500-gallon water tank, 30-gallon foam tank; 2011 Spartan ER pumper, 1,500-gpm pump, 500-gallon water tank, 30-gallon foam tank in reserve; 2009 Spartan ER 100-foot rear-mount aerial ladder, 1,500-gpm pump, 500-gallon water tank, 30-gallon foam tank in reserve.

Cudaback says the custom pumper is built on a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis and cab with a 10-inch raised roof and has a Spartan aluminum Star Series body powered by a 505-hp Cummins X15 engine with a compression brake and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission. The pumper has a Waterous 1,500-gallon-per-minute (gpm) CSU pump, a UPF 500-gallon water tank, a UPF 30-gallon foam tank, a FoamPro 2002 Class A foam system, and a Task Force Tips Hurricane RC (radio-controlled) monitor. The wheelbase is 217½ inches, the overall length is 34 feet 8½ inches, and the overall height is 10 feet 6 inches.

Fay notes that both the pumper and the aerial platform have three preconnected crosslays: one holding 200 feet of 1¾-inch hose and two holding 200 feet of 2-inch hose each. The pumper carries 900 feet of 5-inch large-diameter hose (LDH) in its hosebed, while the aerial platform’s hosebed has 500 feet of 5-inch LDH. Both rigs have Reyco-Granning 24,000-pound independent front suspensions. The pumper has a Meritor 26,000-pound rear axle, while the aerial platform has a Meritor 63,000-pound rear axle with air suspension. Each vehicle carries an Onan 7.5-kW diesel generator, Whelen LED warning lighting, and Whelen Pioneer LED scene lighting.

The 100-foot midmount aerial platform quint is powered by a Cummins 600-hp X15 engine with a compression brake and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission with a transmission retarder.

 The 100-foot midmount aerial platform quint is powered by a Cummins 600-hp X15 engine with a compression brake and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission with a transmission retarder.

SPECS

Custom Pumper

  • Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis and cab with 10-inch raised roof
  • Spartan aluminum Star Series body
  • Cummins 505-hp X15 engine with compression brake
  • Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission
  • Spartan APS
  • WABCO Meritor Smart Track ESC
  • Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump
  • UPF 500-gallon water tank
  • UPF 30-gallon foam tank
  • FoamPro 2002 Class A foam system
  • Task Force Tips Hurricane RC monitor
  • Onan 7.5-kW diesel generator
  • Whelen LED warning lighting
  • Whelen Pioneer LED scene lighting

Fay says the platform has a 100-foot five-section aerial with a 1,000-pound dry and 500-pound wet tip load flowing 2,000 gpm unrestricted, a Waterous CSU 2,000-gpm pump, a UPF 500-gallon water tank, a UPF 30-gallon foam tank, a FoamPro 2002 Class A foam system, and two Task Force Tips Monsoon monitors on the platform.

Chris Wade, director of sales for Spartan ER, says the Spartan APS is now standard on all Spartan custom cabs. Wade notes the system includes outboard sensors mounted on the outer perimeter of the cab that detect multiangle impacts, allowing for faster deployment of air bags. “The side impact protection air bags protect all occupants from side-impact collisions, rollovers, and occupant ejection,” he says. “The APS driver and officer knee air bags protect against injuries resulting from hitting the instrument panel or other interior points of contact by locking the lower body in place so the upper body can be slowed and protected by the upper air bags.”

The cab of the midmount aerial platform quint is outfitted with Spartan ER’s APS, and the rig has WABCO Meritor Smart Track ESC.

 The cab of the midmount aerial platform quint is outfitted with Spartan ER’s APS, and the rig has WABCO Meritor Smart Track ESC.

The platform quint has a Waterous CSU 2,000-gpm pump, a UPF 300-gallon water tank, a UPF 30-gallon foam tank, a FoamPro 2002 Class A foam system, and two Task Force Tips 1,500-gpm Monsoon monitors on the platform.

 The platform quint has a Waterous CSU 2,000-gpm pump, a UPF 300-gallon water tank, a UPF 30-gallon foam tank, a FoamPro 2002 Class A foam system, and two Task Force Tips 1,500-gpm Monsoon monitors on the platform.

SPECS

Midmount Aerial Platform

  • Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis and cab with 10-inch raised roof
  • Spartan aluminum Star Series body
  • Cummins 600-hp X15 engine with compression brake
  • Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission with transmission retarder
  • Spartan APS
  • WABCO Meritor Smart Track ESC
  • Spartan 100-foot heavy-duty midmount five-section aerial with 1,000-pound dry and 500-pound wet tip load flowing 2,000 gpm unrestricted
  • Waterous CSU 2,000-gpm pump
  • UPF 300-gallon water tank
  • UPF 30-gallon foam tank
  • FoamPro 2002 Class A foam system
  • Two Task Force Tips 1,500-gpm Monsoon monitors on platform
  • Onan 7.5-kW diesel generator
  • Whelen LED warning lighting
  • Whelen Pioneer LED scene lighting

Wade adds that APS also includes full side curtain air bags, each custom-sized for the crew area of each custom cab it builds, “with the largest rear side air bag covering seven times the area of any other manufacturer.” In addition, he says, APS includes advanced seat belts that pull the occupant into the seat in the event of an impact or rollover using pyrotechnic pretensioners that provide more force during the initial lock. After the occupant is pulled into the seat, load limiters release some of the webbing to control the occupant’s deceleration into the air bag system, helping to mitigate the strain on the occupant, he notes.

The WABCO Meritor Smart Track ESC is an active vehicle safety system that automatically intervenes when there is a high risk of directional instability that could lead to loss of vehicle control or rollover, Wade points out. ESC supports the driver in maintaining directional control of the vehicle when encountering slippery road conditions or taking evasive action, assists the driver in reducing the risk of rollover while in a curve or taking evasive action, and enables advanced driver assistance technology such as the OnGuard™ Collision Mitigation System, Wade says.


ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based journalist, the author of three novels and five nonfiction books, and a member of the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Editorial Advisory Board. He served 22 years with the Verdoy (NY) Fire Department, including in the position of chief.

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