Trading views of the cornfields of Iowa for forested mountains of southern Washington state, a new Toyne Pumper–named Engine 11–has been delivered to its new home with Skamania Fire District (SFD) #1. This is the department’s second Toyne Tailored Apparatus and, just like the other Toyne in their fleet, it is geared explicitly for SFD’s needs.
Established in 1959, SFD #1 has been providing fire protection to the residents of Carson, Cook, Stabler, and surrounding communities in Skamania County for over half a century. In total, the department watches over a mountainous territory that spans nearly 44 square miles. To cover such a large area, the fire district has 35 highly trained volunteers that respond to fire, medical, trail, rope, vehicle, and hazardous material emergencies. Their new Toyne Apparatus is designed to reinforce their dedicated response efforts to those they serve.
“This versatile Toyne Pumper will be a valuable addition to Skamania Fire District’s fleet and a big help to the volunteers serving their communities,” said Bill Bird, Toyne Product Support Coordinator. “We are proud to be a part of their process, and to be trusted by this fire department to build highly capable apparatus.”
Skamania’s pumper is mounted to a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis with a ten-inch raised roof. Under the hood, the apparatus is equipped with a 450-horsepower Cummins ISL9 engine and an Allison 3,000 EVS Transmission. The cab’s interior has enough seating for six occupants and hosts several different features, including a backup camera system, in-cab custom storage, and an in-cab radio system with mounted headsets. Engine 11 is covered in a two-tone black/red paint scheme with custom lettering and striping.
This pumper body is stall-built with bolted-painted stainless steel. Designs called for plenty of customized storage to meet the fire department’s needs. Fitted on each side of the engine’s storage compartments are ROM painted roll-up doors for fast, easy entry to equipment. For added ease of access to all of the tools of the trade, the main storage compartments feature Toyne’s custom slide-out shelving and custom swing-out toolboard.
Enough storage is available over each wheel well to accommodate up to eight SCBA bottles, with additional SCBA mounts added to the primary storage compartments. On the top-side of the equipment compartments is room for hard suction hoses. At the rear end of the apparatus is an area for slide-in ladder and pike pole storage.
At the heart of the department’s new pumper is a 1,250-gallon-per-minute Hale Qflo pump. To feed this beast of a pump, Engine 11 is equipped with a 1,000-gallon UPF tank. For added fire support, Toyne installed a Foam Pro 2001 Class A foam system with a 30-gallon foam cell. In addition, the Skamania firefighters have an Elkhart Volcan Perm Monitor with a telescoping tiller extension at their disposal.
A host of electrical components ensures Engine 11 can support these first responders beyond fire suppression. Toyne mounted a hefty 10,000-Watt Onan hydraulic generator that can provide continuous power to apparatus’ two electric cord reels and Fire Research telescoping lights. SFD’s pumper is also wired up with Whelen warning lights, Whelen MV9 scene lighting, Firetech Hiviz 72-inch LED brow light, and ILI LED strip compartment lighting.
For additional information about SFD #1, visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/SkamaniaFireDistrict1.