Plymouth (OH) Debuts Modified Humvee Fire Apparatus

The Plymouth Fire Department (OH) has modified a 1990s Humvee for use against grass and field fires.

The vehicle, which sports a powerful pump donated by Gorman Rupp Co., several hoses and front spraying capabilities, and three special seats designed by Summit Racing, went into service Thursday, firefighter Chris Kelbley said.

A firefighter strapped into a custom seat in the truck bed will control the hoses.

“Sometimes we get in areas where our regular vehicles get stuck. Our other truck almost got buried one day,” Kelbley said. “But it takes a lot to get (humvees) stuck.”

Kelbley said the department used the truck during recent floods.

“I took it through 2.5-foot deep water and it didn’t have any issues,” Kelbley said.

The department started working on the vehicle in January, after the Plymouth Police Department organized bringing it to the area with the help of a government program that donates surplus equipment for public safety services use, Kelbley said.

They picked up the vehicle from an air base in Kansas. It has just 23,816 miles on it, Kelbley said.

Technically, the police department owns the vehicle, but both departments will share it, he said.

“Now we have two engines, two tankers, two squads and two brush trucks,” Kelbley said, noting the department bought a new fire engine in September of last year.

The two-inch high pressure pump mounted to the back of the hummer was just one of two pumps Gorman Rupp donated to the department, Central-Eastern District Manager Tony Chirico said. The other will be used on one of the department’s tankers.

On top of the $2,000 pump, the fire department added nearly $10,000 in modifications to the Humvee, Kelbley said. They put in new seats, police and fire lights and painted the vehicle fire engine red.

Bow Enterprises LLC custom-built a 300-gallon water tank and storage unit to fit in the back of the truck bed, he said.

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