By Mike Ciampo
Monclova Township is located in Northwest Ohio in Lucas County on the banks of the Maumee River, which just south of Lake Erie and Toledo, Ohio. Its name is derived from the Native American word meaning “one of a clan.” It is just over 22 square miles with a population of over 12,000 and is a bedroom and farming community that is protected by the Monclova Fire-Rescue Department. It is a combination department that is staffed with three full-time firefighters that man the station 24/7, assisted by part-time and volunteer firefighters providing fire protection, rescue, and emergency medical services to their community.
Rescue Engine 92 is a 1996 Pierce Saber with a raised roof and top-mounted pump panel with high-side compartments on the driver side and low compartments on the officer side. It is painted white over red with a white reflective trim stripe running along the lower side of the apparatus. Engine 92 is an advanced life support unit, is the department’s “second out” engine on structure fires, and is used for all automatic mutual aid responses. It’s also second due on vehicle accidents with entrapments where it responds with a medic unit. One of the unusual items carried on this apparatus is a bowling pin in the fittings compartment. It is used as a mallet to tap on the ears of the steamer cap to help loosen it or tighten the sections of hard suction together when hooking them into the pump for drafting operations.
The left rear compartment is transverse and mainly carries auto extrication and lighting equipment. The compartment has two large doors that provide access; it can also be accessed from the back step by raising the rear roll-up door. Looking inside the left rear compartment toward the back of the apparatus there are three items that are stored vertically: two portable light stands and a Superior Flamefighter piercing nozzle that closely resembles a battering ram with two sets of handles. The piercing nozzle sits in a floor-mounted pipe bracket that keeps the nozzle secured in the upright compartment. On the top shelf of this compartment are the two portable scene lights that attach to the light stands. There’s also an extra length of Hurst hydraulic line on the shelf in case the need exists to remove the power unit from the apparatus to operate it remotely. Below the shelf sit four traffic cones, four homemade step chocks with handles, a Hurst hydraulic line cord reel that has an electric rewind function, and Hurst Omni tool. Also accessible beneath the shelf is a backboard, which can be pulled off the apparatus from either side, it sits in a vertical tray along the compartment’s front wall.
On the tailboard of the apparatus is the roll-up compartment door that provides access to the rear transverse compartment. On the bottom roll out tray in this compartment is a Hurst four-cycle power unit and metal bucket which carries the extrication chains, pins and attachments for Hurst power tool. Alongside the roll-out tray sitting on the compartment floor is half and auto-rim used to assist in dashboard lifts when using the Hurst tool and chain combination. Mounted on the rear wall of this compartment in a vinyl carrying case is a Spill Kit equipped with pads, socks, pillows, and “Plug & Seal” used for smaller spills at accident scenes. On the left side wall of the compartment is a windshield-cutting saw; on the right side are two spanner wrenches.
The right rear side compartment also has two doors that provide access to the compartment. This side of the apparatus has low side compartments compared to the opposite side. Inside this compartment is a pressurized water extinguisher mounted on the rear wall, a Cutter’s Edge Chain Saw equipped with a depth guard, a 50:1 fuel mix can, and an electrical reel with an electric rewind feature and 200 feet of electrical cord and junction box. This compartment also provides access to the backboard is also accessible through this compartment.
Rescue Engine 92 has a user-friendly extrication tool setup—it’s quick and easy to gather all the pieces of equipment because they are all located within close proximity to each other, which provides speed and efficiency when deploying it an auto accident scenes.
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 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.”