By Allen M. Petrillo
The Spokane County (WA) Fire District #3 has been providing fire suppression, rescue operations, and emergency medical services (EMS) to southwestern Spokane County in Washington state since 1945, currently running 50 pieces of apparatus out of 11 stations.
Since most of Spokane County’s fire district is rural and devoid of hydrants, the department has to bring water to its fires and relies on a dozen pumper-tenders (tankers) to do so. When it came time to retire a couple of older pumper-tenders, Spokane County developed specs and requested bids for two new vehicles. Rosenbauer was awarded the bid.
The pumper-tenders Rosenbauer built for Spokane County are identical on 2019 International WorkStar HV613 four-wheel-drive chassis and four-door cabs with stainless steel bodies and hot dip zinc galvanized subframes. Seating in the cabs is for five firefighters in H.O. Bostrom seats, with four of them being self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) seats. Wheelbases on the pumper-tenders are 268 inches, overall lengths are 33 feet 6½ inches, overall heights are 9 feet 7 inches, and gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) are 58,000 pounds on tandem rear axles.
Steve Wickwire, regional salesman for General Fire Apparatus, who sold the pumper-tenders to Spokane County, says the vehicles are powered by Navistar 410-horsepower (hp) engines and Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmissions and carry Hale QFlo Plus 1,250-gallon-per-minute (gpm) pumps and 2,500-gallon UPF Poly water tanks.
1 Rosenbauer built two identical pumper-tenders for Spokane County (WA) Fire District #3 on 2019 International HV613 WorkStar chassis and four-door cabs with seating for five firefighters. (Photos 1-2 courtesy of Rosenbauer.)
Spokane County (WA) Fire District #3
Strength: 140 part-time paid/on-call firefighters, five full time command positions, 12 part time command positions, two full time support positions. operating from 11 stations.
Service area: The department provides fire suppression, rescue, and EMS to 25,000 people in its 565-square-mile coverage area.
Other apparatus: 12 pumper-tenders, 13 attack/brush trucks, three rescue trucks, 12 medic squads, three basic life support ambulances, one command vehicle, one mobile communications bus, and one technical rescue trailer.
Barry Gillingham, shop supervisor for Spokane County Fire District #3, says the district runs 13 attack/brush trucks, which typically are first due on a fire call, followed by a pumper-tender. “Typically there are a couple of attack/brush trucks on scene with a pumper-tender behind them serving as a nurse tender to them and keeping the attack trucks supplied with water,” Gillingham points out. “Usually there also are two to four pumper-tenders shuttling water to the nurse tender.”
The department’s other pumper-tenders are mostly on International 4700 and 4800 four-wheel-drive chassis carrying 2,500-gallon water tanks and a mix of 1,500-gpm, 1,750-gpm, and 2,000-gpm pumps. Its brush/attack trucks are also on four-wheel-drive International 4700 and 4800 chassis, carrying 900-, 750-, and 500-gallon water tanks.
Gillingham notes that Spokane County has a very diverse fire district. “There’s a lot of rural area, especially with the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in our district,” he says. “Interstate 90 goes through our district, as do two railroad lines. We also have an Amazon fulfillment center that’s four stories high and 75 feet tall. It’s a robotic center and covers 2.6 million square feet.”
The pumper-tenders each carry three crosslays, Gillingham says, 150 feet of 1½-inch hose in each of two crosslays and 150 feet of 1½-inch hose in a dead lay. The rig also has 200 feet of one-inch booster hose in a Hannay reel in the dunnage area on the officer’s side.
Each of the rigs has a Harrington three-way dump/fill valve at the rear and a six-inch intake off the rear and carries 700 feet of five-inch large-diameter hose, 300 feet of 2½-inch hose dead loaded, and 250 feet of preconnected 2½-inch hose in the hosebed.
2 The pumper-tenders are powered by Navistar 410-hp diesel engines and Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmissions.
3 The Spokane County pumper-tenders have Hale QFlo Plus 1,250-gpm pumps, and 2,500-gallon water tanks. (Photos 3-6 courtesy of General Fire Apparatus.)
4 Wheelbases on the pumper-tenders are 268 inches, overall lengths are 33 feet 6½ inches, and overall heights are 9 feet 7 inches.
5 The pumper-tenders have Harrington three-way dump/fill valves at the rear and six-inch rear intakes.
6 The rigs each carry 700 feet of five-inch LDH in their hosebeds along with 300 feet of 2½-inch dead loads and 250 feet of preconnected 2½-inch hose.
- 2019 International HV613 WorkStar chassis and four-door cabs
- Hot dip zinc galvanized subframes and stainless steel bodies
- Seating for five firefighters in H.O. Bostrom seats
- Navistar 410-hp diesel engines
- Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmissions
- Hale QFlo Plus 1,250-gpm pumps
- 2,500-gallon water tanks
- 10-kW Yanmar-Martin diesel generators
- Sigtronics intercom systems
Price without equipment: $298,707
Wickwire points out that the two pumper-tenders have Yanmar-Martin 10-kW diesel generators, Sigtronics intercoms, Code 3 LED warning lights, and Whelen LED underbody lighting.
Gillingham adds that Spokane County had considered the clean cab concept for the two new pumper-tankers but decided to perform gross decon on the scene after an incident and not put dirty personal protective equipment or SCBA back in the cabs until the turnouts and SCBA were decontaminated back at the station.
ALAN M. PETRILLOis a Tucson, Arizona-based journalist, the author of three novels and five nonfiction books, and a member of the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Editorial Advisory Board. He served 22 years with the Verdoy (NY) Fire Department, including in the position of chief.