FORT COLLINS, CO—Boulder (CO) Fire Department officials have finalized plans to purchase a triple combination pumper fire truck through SVI Trucks, a local fire apparatus manufacturer in Colorado. The recently announced purchase marks Boulder’s first-ever SVI fire engine. The announcement comes on the heels of SVI Trucks’ recent Greeley and Loveland deliveries.
Chief Holger Durre said Boulder awarded the bid to SVI Trucks because of the company’s renowned truck quality and customer service. “We also appreciated the close proximity of the factory to Boulder. We anticipate that our build process will be easier to facilitate because we can include department members who we may not have been involved had the factory been out of state,” Durre said. “Finally, SVI’s responsiveness to our RFP indicated they were highly motivated to partner with the city on this important project.”
Boulder’s new apparatus will be built on a Spartan Gladiator chassis and feature the extra long four door (ELFD) cab style. At 99 inches wide with a 10-inch raised roof and seating for five, the new Boulder truck will tout one of the industry’s largest cabs and come equipped with the Spartan Advanced Protection System, featuring full-size, side-curtain airbags. Boulder also opted for the Cummins 450-hp L9 engine and Allison 3000 EVS transmission, featuring a shorter engine tunnel for additional cab room. Above the tunnel, SVI will add a custom storage compartment, and the entire dash will tout heavy-duty aluminum. The cab will also be outfitted with OnScene Solutions’ Talon helmet mounts.
The engine will include SVI Trucks’ first-ever single-compartment front bumper with 26-inch extension, designed to accommodate Boulder’s battery-operated eDRAULIC® extrication equipment. Meanwhile, the triple-action truck will be equipped with a Waterous CU midship pump, a 500-gallon water tank, and electronic pump intake valve. The valve is located behind the pump panel, protecting it from the elements while creating a cleaner looking exterior. Featuring a Boulder-favorite low hosebed, the hose will be easily accessible from the rear of the apparatus. The truck also includes a booster reel with one-inch hose, located above the pump module, for small, quick attacks.
The engine will be equipped with Whelen Pioneer scene lights (12V LED PFS2 front lights and 12V PCPSM2B surface-mounted side lights), all powered by a Harrison MAS 6.0-kW hydraulic generator. All compartments feature OnScene Access LED lighting.
“We’re excited to partner with Boulder on this truck. We refurbished a 20-foot walk-in dive van for the department back in 2016, and we enjoyed customizing the van with the Boulder crew, and now, we’re even more excited to be teaming up with the department on their triple combination pumper,” said Jason Kline, the Colorado and Wyoming Sales Manager for SVI Trucks. “We understand how important this build is to their department, and we hope this truck will inspire a long-term partnership with Chief Durre and his team. We’re honored they chose to go local.”
For more information, visit www.svitrucks.com.