North America’s Tallest Aerial Ladder Introduced At FRI

A 1997 75-foot Seagrave Aerialscope, operated by Ladder Company 46 of the New York Fire Department, works a Sept. 2 fire that spread through the cockloft of a row of stores in the Bronx. Fourteen firefighters were injured. (Fire Apparatus Photo by Michael J. Coppola)
A 1997 75-foot Seagrave Aerialscope, operated by Ladder Company 46 of the New York Fire Department, works a Sept. 2 fire that spread through the cockloft of a row of stores in the Bronx. Fourteen firefighters were injured. (Fire Apparatus Photo by Michael J. Coppola)
E-ONE's CR 137, a 137-foot aerial ladder, which it called the "tallest aerial ladder in North America," was unveiled at FRI.
E-ONE’s CR 137, a 137-foot aerial ladder, which it called the “tallest aerial ladder in North America,” was unveiled at FRI.
KME introduced a new aerial at FRI - the Legacy AerialCat, a 79-foot quint.
KME introduced a new aerial at FRI – the Legacy AerialCat, a 79-foot quint.

Two newly introduced aerials and a large assortment of multi-purpose pumpers highlighted the apparatus on display at the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Rescue International (FRI) conference and trade show in Chicago in late August.

E-ONE unveiled the “tallest aerial ladder in North America,” the CR 137, a 137-foot welded extruded aluminum ladder that uses a narrow 13-foot, 8-inch jack spread and criss-cross, under-slung stabilizers.

Joe Hedges, E-ONE’s aerial product manager, said, “One of the most impressive features of the CR 137 is its ability to reach a target 100 feet high and 82 feet horizontally off to the side while supporting a 750-pound personnel tip load.”

He noted the aerial “has a set-up time of less than 45 seconds, which, combined with its reach, makes it a very versatile machine.”

The CR 137 exhibited at FRI has a Cyclone II long cab with a severe duty interior, a Cummins ISM 500-hp engine with EGR and an Allison EVS 4000P transmission. Its travel height is 11 feet, 10 inches; the length is 43 feet, 9 inches; and the wheelbase is 245 inches.

E-ONE, based in Ocala, Fla., also displayed a Typhoon stainless-steel pumper built at its newly-acquired manufacturing facility in Hamburg, N.Y. The pumper features a patented fiberglass reinforced panel (FRP) paint process in which fiberglass panels are cut to size, painted and overlaid onto the truck body.

“The FRP process gives an automotive paint finish and enables quick, low-cost repairs,” said William Savage, president of E-ONE New York.

The Typhoon on display had a medium-sized cab with a 12-inch Vista roof, a 780-gallon polypropylene tank and a Hale Qmax 1,500-gpm pump.

The pumper is available in three cab designs, two chassis options with Hale or Waterous pumps ranging from 1,250 to 2,500 gpm and various body features and plumbing options.

KME Fire Apparatus also unveiled a new aerial at FRI – the Legacy AerialCat, a 79-foot aerial quint. The unit was mounted on a KME Predator Panther single rear-axle chassis with an Allison EVS 3000 transmission and a Cummins ISL 425-hp engine, although it also is available with a MaxxForce engine.

Philip Gerace, KME’s director of sales and marketing, said the AerialCat’s ladder is made of 100,000-psi steel, has a 70-foot horizontal reach, an elevation range of minus-7 to plus-80 degrees and is available with a 500-pound tip load while flowing 1,500 gpm or a 750-pound tip load.

The AerialCat also carries a 500-gallon water tank and a KME Store Front Blitz monitor.

Michael Moore, vice president of business development for Pierce Manufacturing, talked at the show about the trend toward multi-purpose apparatus, whether they be pumper-rescue, pumper-tanker rigs or other configurations.

“Firefighters are doing a greater variety of tasks,” he said, “so it’s only natural that their apparatus have to serve similar functions.”

Pierce displayed its Quantum PUC (Pierce Ultimate Configuration) pumper with seating for eight firefighters, a 1,500-gpm Pierce single-stage PUC pump, a 750-gallon polypropylene tank and pump-and-roll capability. Nearby, a Contender PUC was on display with similar specifications, but with a 5-person cab.

A Velocity 100-foot PUC aerial platform completed the PUC line on display. It featured a 4-person, 70-inch cab with a 10-inch raised roof; a PUC 1,500-gpm pump; a 300-gallon water tank; and a set of two H-style 18-inch-spread stabilizers.

Pierce also showed a Velocity pumper equipped with a 2010 EPA-compliant Detroit Diesel DD13 engine that offered 500 horsepower, improved fuel economy and near-zero emissions.

Moore noted that the engine doesn’t adversely affect wheelbase length, cab or compartment space, and is available on many Pierce apparatus.

Crimson Fire exhibited a Star series high-pressure pumper that it recently built for the Chicago Fire Department. The pumper, which had a 175-inch wheelbase and was powered by a Detroit Series 60 515-hp engine with an Allison 4000ES transmission, carried a Hale QTWO 1,500-gpm pump, a Hale FoamLogix system and a Hale auxiliary PTO-pump.

“This pumper has successfully pumped water and foam up to 50 stories high through a thousand feet of 1-3/4-inch handlines,” said Nick Langerock, Crimson’s marketing manager.

Crimson also displayed the first aerial it built for the city of Chicago – a low-profile 103-foot Star series rear-mounted aerial without a pump or waterway. Its body was less than 11 feet tall.

Langerock said the aerial carries 234 feet of ground ladders and can handle 500 pounds at its tip.

Also on display was a Crimson Star series 100-foot tractor-drawn aerial built for the San Francisco Fire Department. It had a Spartan Gladiator MFD flat roof, a Cummins ISM 500-hp engine, an Allison 4000EVS transmission and a 14-foot outrigger spread. The TDA did not carry a waterway.

Tony Mastrobattista, Crimson’s north region aerial sales manager, said the San Francisco unit was designed to negotiate the city’s tight streets, sharp corners, and congested neighborhoods. “The TDA carries a larger number of longer wooden ground ladders than usual,” he said, “and is set up for a lot of compartment space for all the equipment it carries.”

HME-Ahrens Fox exhibited a stainless-steel rescue-pumper called the Silverfox, designed to be a multi-purpose unit, according to Dave Fornell, director of marketing.

“Buyers are looking for the most they can get for their buck,” he said, “and that includes apparatus that can be used for different functions. That’s why we developed Silverfox, which tailors our product for that market, sort of a custom approach to a program truck.”

The Silverfox had a Hale 1,250-gpm pump; a 1,000-gallon tank; a 65-cubic-foot hosebed; and a rear slide-in ladder, pike pole, and low-mount suction hose/RIT compartment.

Chris Ferrara, president and CEO of Ferrara Fire Apparatus, said he’s seen a trend toward more rear-mount aerial platform purchases, especially those in the 77-foot category due to their versatility and maneuverability.

In response to the multi-function need of fire departments, Ferrara displayed a MVP (multi-vocational pumper) that he said “carries every fire-related element that a department could want, from a large pump and high water flow, to gear for high-rise and swift-water rescue, high-angle rescue equipment, extrication tools, ventilation equipment and scene lighting.

Ferrara also exhibited an Igniter heavy rescue pumper that carries a Hale QMAX 1,500-gpm pump, a 750-gallon water tank, 20- and 30-gallon integral foam cells and double speedlays in reloading trays.

The Igniter features left- and right-side full-height compartments, a full-height tailboard compartment, storage for ladders and pike poles, as well as Stokes baskets and backboards and spare SCBA bottle storage.

Ken Creese, director of sales and marketing for Sutphen Corp., also talked about the trend toward multi-use vehicle applications.

“We’re seeing a lot more rescue-pumpers and quint ladders,” he said. “Also, a lot of high-end custom rigs are still going out of the factory.”

Sutphen displayed a SP70 quint with a 70-foot aerial platform built on a single-axle chassis with a Hale QMAX 1,500-gpm pump and a 500-gallon tank. The unit featured a Smart Power 8,000-watt generator, Fire Research 1,000-watt floodlights, rear and side camera systems and an Alco-Lite quint ladder complement on a horizontal storage rack.

Sutphen also showed a SPI 112-foot industrial platform built for the Exxon Mobil Refinery in Joliet, Ill., that can flow 3,000 gpm from two monitors; a SL-100 aerial with a five-section stainless steel ladder; and a Shield Series S4 pumper with a Waterous CSU 1,500-gpm pump, 750-gallon tank, high body compartments on both sides and an electric ladder rack for Alco-Lite ladders.

Smeal Fire Apparatus displayed a 75-foot heavy-duty aerial and a custom stainless-steel pumper.

The aerial was powered by a Cummins ISM 500-hp engine and Allison 4000 EVS transmission and carried a 2,000-gpm Waterous pump, a 400-gallon water tank and a 20-gallon foam tank.

Smeal’s stainless-steel pumper was equipped with a 1,250-gpm Waterous pump and a 1,000-gallon water tank.

Rosenbauer’s Steve Reedy, vice president and general manager of the General Division in Wyoming, Minn., said because many fire departments are handling increasing volumes of medical calls, the uses of apparatus are changing.

“We’re seeing more of the custom pumper that handles a lot more rescue work, along with specialized cabinets and areas for EMS gear,” Reedy said. “Fire departments are laying out their trucks to easily get to their EMS, extrication and rescue equipment, which means different compartmentation than what you’d find on a traditional pumper that’s oriented toward fire suppression only.”

American LaFrance had a presence at FRI, displaying a pumper built for the Ventura County (Calif.) Fire Department. The rig carries a Waterous SCU 1,500-gpm pump, a Pro-Poly 500-gallon water tank and a 30-gallon foam tank and is powered by a Detroit Diesel 515-hp engine and an Allison 4000 EVS-P transmission.

American LaFrance also exhibited a 65-foot TeleSqurt with an ALF Twin Flow 2,000-gpm pump and a 500-gallon water tank.

Spartan Chassis introduced a new product at FRI – the Gladiator Classic cab and chassis. According to Vice President William Foster, the redesigned unit takes 2010 EPA-certified engines up to 600 horsepower.

“We have all-new cab and cooling systems,” he said, “and redefined features so the space inside the cab for the driver and officer isn’t affected by the larger engines and bigger cooling systems.”

Foster said the new cab and chassis can be used on aerials and pumpers, as well as on tankers in the 2,500-to-3,000-gallon range.

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