Detroit (MI) Fire Department Orders Ten Smeal® Custom Pumpers

SNYDER, NE—Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. received an order for 10 custom pumpers from the Detroit Fire Department, Michigan. The order is scheduled for delivery in summer 2015. This is the department’s first order of Smeal® fire apparatus. “Our department is facing the challenges of a very busy metropolitan fire department, with both unprecedented demand for emergency response services and budgetary challenges,” said Craig Dougherty, Second Deputy Fire Commissioner, Detroit Fire Department. “We purchased these Smeal pumpers following a competitive bid and evaluation process, based on best value for our investment in terms of capability, performance, and reliability. These new apparatus will significantly reduce our maintenance costs, while upgrading the capability and technology available to our firefighters on the front line.”

“We are proud to have been selected to build these 10 new pumpers for one of the nation’s largest and busiest fire departments. Detroit Fire Department has a storied history and has led in addressing the challenges of modern firefighting and emergency response,” said Mark Huber, Smeal’s president. “These 500-gallon pumpers are designed for simple operation and long-lasting reliability to help ensure that the department is always ready to respond.”

The new pumpers each feature a 1,500-gpm single-stage pump, front suction, and a fire body constructed of 304 stainless steel for superior strength, corrosion resistance, and durability. The body is designed with a classic rear beavertail, roll-up compartment doors, and a full 18-inch rear deck for use while packing hose. In addition, these pumpers feature Smeal’s exclusive underbody support structure, electrical system and the industry’s most advanced chassis safety system.

GS-36 Body Sub-Frame
Each pumper body is mounted to the chassis using the Smeal-designed GS-36 Body Sub-Frame. This subframe is constructed of stainless steel. It extends the full length of the body and underneath the compartments for superior weight distribution. All drop frame structures are welded directly to the body subframe to allow the body to be a completely separate structure from the chassis.

Exclusive, High-Reliability Electrical System
The pumpers are equipped with Smeal’s exclusive QL-12 multiplex electrical system, which features plug-style connections that are environmentally sealed and has proven to lower maintenance costs. Harnesses are modular, including a main harness and several sub-harnesses, to provide isolated electrical zones for easier troubleshooting and increased confidence that an electrical issue can’t affect the entire apparatus. The harness is tested to a cold flex tolerance of -49°F (-45°C).

Progressive Safety System
Each pumper is built on a Spartan® Metro Star® cab and chassis with a five-inch raised roof, 178-inch wheelbase, six-person seating, extreme-duty interior finish, and an EMS cabinet. They are each powered by a 400-horsepower Cummins ISL9 engine with an Allison GEN V 3000 EVS transmission.

The chassis features expansive interior room for the crew and the Advanced Protection System® (APS). APS provides protection in side roll, side impact and frontal impact incidents. APS features front air bags, side-impact air curtains, knee bolsters for the driver and officer’s positions, and advanced seat belts with pyrotechnic pretensioners. It is the only cab protection system to feature ejectionmitigation air curtains for enhanced firefighter safety.

Smeal dealer, R & R Fire Truck Repair, Inc. of Northville, Michigan, provides local service and support for the Detroit (MI) Fire Department. “Comprehensive support is critical in keeping any busy fire apparatus fleet on the streets and our team of technicians is ready to serve Detroit’s service needs day and night,” said Ricke Rosselle, vice president and co-owner of R & R.

Detroit Fire Department
Founded in 1860, the Detroit (MI) Fire Department provides fire, emergency medical, and emergency management services to nearly 700,000 residents with the City’s 139 square miles. The department responds to more than 165,000 emergency calls annually including approximately 9,000 working structural fires. The department has more than 850 full-time firefighters, 46 fire stations and operates 26 engine companies strategically located throughout the City.

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