Duncanville (TX) Fire Department Pierce Velocity Ascendant PUC Aerial

Photos and Description by Lindsay Dye

Quint 272 was placed into service on February 8, 2018, with the Duncanville (TX) Fire Department. The rig is built on a Pierce Velocity cab and chassis with a PUC pump and TAK-4 front suspension. Seating for 4 is provided as are two rear-facing EMS compartments on each side of the crew area. The cab and body are constructed of aluminum, and Gortite roll-up compartment doors are part of the body package. The truck is powered by a Detroit DD13 505-hp engine and an Allison 5th Generation EVS 4000 transmission with six speeds and pushbutton shifter. The Pierce Command Zone Advanced Electronics & Control System with WiFi is also included.

The apparatus has a Pierce PUC single-stage 1,500-gpm pump (midship) and a 480-gallon polypropylene tank. Foam capabilities are provided by a Husky 3 Foam System and a 20-gallon foam cell. Foam is plumbed to the front discharge and the two upper crosslays. The front bumper tray carries 100 feet of 1¾-inch hose connected to a 1½-inch discharge. Crosslays include 150’ of 1¾-inch hose and 200’ of 1¾-inch hose along with a 300’ 3-inch dead lay located in a semi-enclosed compartment behind the cab. The bed carries 800’ of 5-inch LDH in two chutes on each side of the body. Air bottle storage is located on the right side adjacent to the rear wheels.

The apparatus has a rear-mount, heavy-duty 107’ Ascendant aerial ladder constructed of steel (capable of a 750 pound tip load) along with a stainless steel, high-flow waterway that can flow up to 1,500 gpm. An Akron Model 3480 StreamMaster II electric monitor (with wireless remote) and an Akron Model 5177 nozzle are featured. A Stokes box is mounted on the right side of the aerial, and a 16’ roof ladder (Duo-Safety 875-A-DR) is mounted on the left side. Techniq LED rung lighting outlines the aerial for night time operations. Ground ladders (35′ Duo-Safety 1225-A 3-Section, 24′ Duo-Safety 900A 2-Section, two 16′ Duo-Safety 875 DR Roof, 14′ Duo-Safety Fresno 701, and a 10′ Duo-Safety Folding, 585A) and pike poles are stored in two rear compartments.    

The warning lights include two Whelen Freedom IV-Q 21.5 inch light bars on the cab corners along with Whelen M6, M9 and WIONSMC model LED lights located around the rig exterior. Whelen Model L31HRFN LED beacons are mounted on the upper rear corners of the truck with a Whelen TAL 65 traffic director centered on the rear body. Scene lighting is provided by FRC Model SPA260-Q15 and SPA260-Q20 LED surface-mount lights. Audio warning devices include a flush-mount Federal Q2B and a Whelen Model 295SLSA1 electronic siren module with a Whelen SA315P speaker mounted through the right front bumper.

Quint 272 is dedicated to the memory of Captain Tim Riffe, who rode Quint 272 until succumbing to cancer in 2012.

Dealer: Siddons-Martin Emergency Group-Houston, TX

Representative: Travis Ownby

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