Special Delivery: Upgraded ISO Rating Means New Buying Strategy for Indiana Fire Department

Alan M. Petrillo

The Lafayette Township Fire Protection District, in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, was on the verge of putting out specs for a new pumper when it heard from the Insurance Services Organization (ISO), the national agency that rates fire departments, that Lafayette Township’s rating had been upgraded. However, along with the upgrade came a recommendation that the department add a reserve pumper to increase its overall pumping capacity.

(1-2) After the ISO recommended that Lafayette Township Fire
Protection District in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, increase its
pumping capacity, the district purchased a pumper and pumper-
tanker from Toyne. (Photos courtesy of Toyne.)

Planning for Everything

Jeremy Klein, Lafayette Township’s chief, says a lot of thought, energy, and effort had gone into preparing the specifications for the pumper to be bid, and with the ISO recommendation, they had to do it all again for another vehicle. “We have a vehicle replacement plan that takes our area into consideration,” Klein says. “We have everything across the board-rural farmland, suburban residential, strip malls, commercial, and light industrial. Some of the areas are hilly and some residential areas have houses that are single-story in front and three stories in the back.”

Klein notes Lafayette Township has a lot of hydrants on the south side of its district but fewer on its north side. “And, we have a lot bigger properties on the north side with longer driveways, so our vehicles have to carry a fair amount of hose,” he says. “This would be our first-line pumper, so we wanted it to carry a lot of ground ladders but still have 1,000 gallons of water.”

(3) The Toyne pumper-tanker carries a Zico hydraulic rack that
handles a 2,100-gallon portable tank. (Photo courtesy of Toyne.)

Klein says the truck committee also wanted the vehicle to have full depth and height compartments on both sides, a rear suction inlet, and a light tower and to have it built on a custom chassis. “We wanted this pumper to be an all-around vehicle,” Klein adds.

Adding the pumper recommended by the ISO meant a change in thinking for the department. It had a 1995 S&S International 2,500-gallon tanker that was nearing replacement, so the committee chose to spec a pumper-tanker-the first for the department. “We downsized a bit on the water tank specs to a 2,000-gallon water tank but added a 1,500-gallon-per-minute (gpm) pump,” Klein observes. “We also tried to make as many similarities in layout between the two vehicles as possible, with pump panels laid out the same and everything in the same places.”

Awarding the Contracts

Lafayette Township bid the two vehicles separately but at the same time and awarded both contracts to Toyne. Mike Watts, Toyne’s national sales manager, says the company had not worked with Lafayette Township before but had built “an almost identical pumper for a neighboring department that does mutual aid with them. It was a vehicle with a big pump and water tank, large compartments, lots of ground ladders and lights, and carrying a lot of hose-a true multipurpose vehicle.”

(4) Ladder storage on Lafayette Township’s Toyne pumper is
through the center of the 1,000-gallon water tank. (Photo courtesy
of Lafayette Township Fire Protection District.)

The pumper is built on a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis with a 10-inch raised-roof cab that seats six firefighters. The vehicle is powered by a Cummins ISX 500-hp diesel engine and an Allison 4000 EVS transmission and has a Hale QMAX 2,000-gpm pump, a UPF Poly 1,000-gallon water tank, a 40-gallon foam cell, and a Foam Pro 2002 Class A foam system.

Klein points out the Toyne pumper carries 1,100 feet of five-inch large-diameter hose (LDH) and 1,000 feet of three-inch hose in its hosebed. The vehicle also sports a Will-Burt six-kilowatt light tower, Fire Research 1,500-watt halogen scene lights, and Whelen 12-volt halogen scene lights.

James Riddle, the salesman from High Tech Rescue who sold the two vehicles to the department, says the pumper-tanker is built on an International 4400 chassis with a two-door cab and is powered by a Maxxforce9 330-hp diesel engine and Allison 3000 EVS transmission. “It’s got a 2,000-gallon UPF Poly water tank on it, along with a Hale QMAX 1,500-gpm pump,” he says. “Both vehicles also have Akron Apollo Hi-Riser 1,250-gpm deck guns with Akron combination nozzles and 150 feet of preconnected 1¾-inch hose in their extended front bumpers.”

(5) The pumper has full depth and height compartments on both
sides of the vehicle. (Photo
courtesy of Lafayette Township Fire Protection District.)

The pumper-tanker also features a three-way dump valve at the truck’s rear that allows a water dump either straight off the back or 90 degrees to either side, says Klein. “We also put an 80-pound oil dry compartment on the officer’s side and a Zico hydraulic rack for a 2,100-gallon portable tank,” he says.

Klein notes that when the first-line pumper is out on a call, the pumper-tanker can serve as a second-due engine as well as a water source.

He adds that a couple of months after the Toyne pumper was placed in service, it got a thorough workout at a neighboring department’s mutual-aid fire. “The city of New Albany adjacent to us had a fire at a plastics company with outside storage of large plastic cubes,” Klein says. “They called us for tankers and I called the scene to ask if they also needed an engine. We were told to respond and set up the pumper as part of a drafting operation out of the Ohio River that became the largest tanker shuttle ever done in the county. Six departments were there, and when we were done, we had pumped 1.6 million gallons of water in 12 hours through that new Toyne pumper.”

(6) The pump panels on both the Toyne pumper and pumper-tanker
are laid out in similar fashion for easy recognition by operators no
matter which vehicle they are on.
(Photo courtesy of Lafayette Township Fire Protection District.)

ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based freelance writer and is 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.


Lafayette Township Fire Protection District

Strength: 11 paid and 29 volunteer firefighters, two stations.

Service area: Provides fire suppression and rescue to approximately 26½ square miles in Lafayette Township. Population is 6,378, and the coverage area consists of suburban residential, rural farmland, strip mall, light commercial, and light industrial. The department responds to 800 calls annually.

Other apparatus: 2002 Pierce Contender, 1,250-gpm pump, 1,000-gallon water tank; 1999 Hackney International heavy rescue; 1997 Ford F-350 XL brush truck with Marco high-pressure skid unit, 150-gallon water tank; 1995 Ford F-250 XL brush truck with Marco high-pressure skid unit, 150-gallon water tank; 2004 Special Operations trailer for hazmat, swift water rescue, life safety rope, and Zodiac rescue boat; 2003 Medtec ambulance.


Toyne Pumper-Tanker

• International 4400 chassis and two-door cab
• 29-foot, 10-inch overall length
• Nine-foot 11¾-inch overall height
• 232-inch wheelbase
• Maxxforce9 330-hp diesel engine
• Allison 3000 EVS transmission
• Hale QMAX 1,500-gpm pump
• UPF Poly 2,000-gallon water tank
• Fire Research Pump Boss pressure governor
• Akron Apollo Hi-Riser 1,250-gpm deck gun with Akron combination nozzle
• Two 1¾-inch crosslays of 200 feet each
• One 2½-inch crosslay of 200 feet
• 150 feet of 1¾-inch hose preconnected in the extended front bumper
• Hosebed carries 1,100 feet of five-inch large-diameter hose and 500 feet of three-inch hose
• Two Fire Research 12-volt telescoping halogen lights mounted behind cab
• 80-pound oil dry compartment, officer’s side
• Three-way 90-degree swivel dump at rear
• Zico hydraulic 2,100-gallon portable tank rack

Price without equipment: $305,158


Toyne Pumper

• Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis with 10-inch raised cab roof seating six
• 36-foot, 4½-inch overall length
• 10-foot 4¾-inch overall height
• 237½-inch wheelbase
• Cummins 500-hp ISX diesel engine
• Allison 4000 EVS transmission
• Hale QMAX 2,000-gpm pump
• UPF 1,000-gallon Poly water tank
• 40-gallon foam cell
• Foam Pro 2002 Class A foam system
• Fire Research Pump Boss pressure governor
• Akron Apollo Hi-Riser 1,250-gpm deck gun with Akron combination nozzle
• Two 1¾-inch crosslays of 200 feet each
• One 2½-inch crosslay of 200 feet
• 150 feet of 1¾-inch hose preconnected in the extended front bumper
• Harrison 15-kilowatt hydraulic generator
• Will-Burt RCP six-kilowatt light tower
• Two Fire Research 1,500-watt halogen lights mounted in body, one each side
• Six Whelen 12-volt halogen scene lights, two on each side and two at rear

Price without equipment: $546,581

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