By Mike Ciampo
Dikeman Engine & Hose Company #3 is located in Goshen, New York, the seat of Orange County. It is running with a 2008 Pierce Velocity apparatus, designated as Engine 932 in the Orange County fire district. The engine responds to both suburban and rural residential areas, industrial parks, as well as a major interstate highway. The department is set up to work off of a limited hydrant system or work in unison with its tankers to draft out from folding tanks. This month’s column focuses on the Engine 932’s driver’s side rear compartment, which carries a variety of equipment for all types of emergencies and fires (photo 1).
On the bottom roll-out tray there are: two pressurized water extinguishers for common combustibles; one Class D extinguisher for combustible metal fires, most notably magnesium found in numerous automobiles nowadays; one CO2 extinguisher for electrical or flammable liquid fires; and one dry-chemical ABC extinguisher for common combustibles, flammable liquids and flammable gases. There are also two heavy-duty plastic containers converted to carry speedy dry for use at auto accidents or hazardous material spills. The material can be used to absorb the spill or create a dike to contain it. The containers are very strong, rugged, and can withstand most of the environments encountered at emergency scenes. Plus, they are easy to carry with a gloved hand because of their large handles. In addition, the speedy-dry is easily dispensed with out of the container and easy to refill due to the wide opening at the top. The last item on the shelf is a portable scene light (photo 2).
The rear pegboard storage wall of this compartment is equipped with the following hand tools: two drop-forged Halligan bars, a flat-head ax, a pick head ax, a sledgehammer, and duck-bill padlock breaker. The striking tools all feature fiberglass handles, which require less maintenance and enable them to stand up to the rigors of firefighting tasks (photo 3).
This company made very good use of some dead space in the compartment by mounting another flat-head ax and small bolt cutter on the front inside wall. While on the rear wall, the Class D extinguisher’s discharge wand was mounted (photo 4 and photo 5). All of the equipment mounted in the compartment has quick-release hold-downs.
According to members, this compartment has suited their needs very well, especially at the many different types of fires and emergencies they have responded to.
MIKE CIAMPO is a 27-year veteran of and a lieutenant in the Fire Department of New York. Previously, he served with the District of Columbia Fire Department. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY. He is the lead instructor of the FDIC Truck Co. Essentials class. He is a frequent contributor to Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment. He wrote the ladder chapter and co-authored the Ventilation chapter for Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II and is featured in “Training Minutes” truck company videos on www.fireengineering.com. He is also the author of Fire Engineering’s monthly column “On Fire.”