Grote LED Work Lamps Chosen for Unique Firefighting Equipment

Jay Peak, a four-season resort located close to the Vermont/Quebec, Canada border, consistently has some of the heaviest yearly snowfalls in the Eastern United States. As part of its extensive resort complex, Jay Peak has a café and eatery at the top of the mountain as well as numerous hotels, restaurants, and retail offerings located throughout the resort complex.

Recently, the Town of Jay and Jay Peak teamed up to address the problem of a facility fire in an area impossible to reach by conventional wheeled fire apparatus. They put out feelers to all the major ATV and snow specialty makers, inviting them to bid on fire emergency vehicles that could climb steep grades in heavy snow conditions. None were interested in bidding on the contract because of the unusual vehicle requirements and the unique location.

During the search process, they reached RKO Enterprises in Madison, Indiana. RKO specializes in custom designed fire equipment for on and off road vehicles, including vehicles that can negotiate extremely rough terrain. Starting with a Polaris RANGER Crew Diesel, RKO designed two apparatus that act as a team to handle the extreme conditions on Jay Peak. They include Polaris Prospector Pro-SR tracks on each wheel hub, plus a special rear carrier to carry heavy duty pumping equipment and water tank in one vehicle and support equipment such as hoses and handheld tools in the other. Once RKO had the hardware solution in hand it turned to another vital component for the vehicles.

Fires don’t always take place during daylight hours. Fighting a mountain top fire at night in heavy snow conditions requires work lamps and safety lighting that are super-dependable and always ready to go. That’s why RKO turned to Grote to equip its vehicles. RKO specified for each vehicle, six Grote Trilliant Mini® LED work lamps, top-mounted in pairs on the forward and rear of the cab and tandem mounted on the rear bumper. Grote also supplied some of its new MicroNova® Dot lamps for use as auxiliary corner and side markers as well as for auxiliary stop lights. In addition, Grote supplied internal lighting for the side bins of the support equipment vehicle.

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