The Campbell County (WY) Fire Department was replacing a commercial cab Type 1 engine, one of a dozen Type 1 pumpers in its fleet, but wanted to change to a custom chassis and cab with four-wheel-drive capability.
The department spec’d the rig as a rescue-pumper and looked to the future of the rig’s service life for the equipment and features it wanted incorporated. Campbell County chose SVI Trucks to build the rescue-pumper.
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“We wanted to integrate a custom cab with all of its safety features into the engine but on a four-wheel-drive chassis because in Wyoming we have to deal with all four seasons and all types of road conditions,” says J.R. Fox, Campbell County’s division chief of operations. “We wrote the specs for this one as a rescue-pumper because half of our Type 1 engines have rescue equipment on them, and this new one is assigned to our headquarters station in Gillette.” Fox notes that the department covers 46,341 square miles in the county, including the city of Gillette and the town of Wright, from 10 structural stations and 15 rural (wildland) stations.
The rescue-pumper is on a Spartan Metro Star ELFD chassis and cab with a 10-inch raised roof and seating for six firefighters with five of them in self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) seats. “We considered the next 15 to 20 years of the use of this pumper and looked at decontamination issues and cancer prevention,” Fox says. “So we put in H.O. Bostrom seats that can easily be deconned and also a decon shower on the upper end of the pump panel on the street side. There’s a line that circulates through a heat exchanger and a showerhead with an on/off button.”
Campbell County (WY) Fire Department
Strength: 60 career firefighters, staff and administrators, 138 paid part-time firefighters (81 structural, 57 rural), eight seasonal firefighters; 10 structural stations, 15 rural (wildland) stations.
Service area: Provides fire suppression, rescue, and emergency medical services to a population of 78,371 in 46,341 square miles of the county, including the city of Gillette and the town of Wright.
Other apparatus: Twelve Type 1 engines, 12 Type 4 engines, 17 Type 6 engines, eight water tenders (tankers), one aerial ladder, two rescue trucks, two hazardous materials units, two support units, 15 command vehicles.
Jason Kline, SVI sales manager for Colorado and Wyoming, says the rescue-pumper is powered by a 450-horsepower (hp) L9 diesel engine and an Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission. The rig carries a Hale ESP 2,000-gallon-per-minute (gpm) pump with SAM™ controls on the driver side and curbside pump panels, a 750-gallon polypropylene water tank, a 20-gallon Class A foam cell, a 30-gallon Class B foam cell, a Hale SmartFOAM system, a Pump Boss pressure governor, and the SAM water control system. Wheelbase on the vehicle is 214 inches, body length is 12 feet, overall length is 34 feet 5 inches, and overall height is 11 feet 2 inches.
Fox notes that Campbell County had first checked out the IDEX SAM water control system at FDIC International and modified its specs to include it on the new rescue-pumper along with all Akron Brass electronic valves. “With the newer generation of firefighters, a system like SAM is intuitive for them,” he says. “Essentially, the interface is a 10-inch iPad-type screen that’s very user friendly. It puts less demand and workload on the engineer and allows him to have better situational awareness.”
1 Campbell County’s rescue-pumper. (Photos courtesy of SVI Trucks.)
2 The rescue-pumper has a Hale ESP 2,000-gpm pump, an IDEX SAM water control system, a 750-gallon water tank, a 20-gallon Class A foam tank, a 30-gallon Class B foam tank, and a Hale SmartFOAM system.
3 SAM controls are on the driver side and curbside pump panels.
The SAM system manages an engine’s pump, tank, intakes, and discharges. It replaces a pressure governor and takes care of opening and closing valves based on operator settings, manages multiple lines at different pressures, and maintains set pressures. SAM also monitors intake pressure and switches back to the water tank if there are any interruptions in the supply lines. After a water supply is established, the SAM system automatically refills the tank so it is always full.
Bob Sorensen, SVI’s vice president of sales, says the rescue-pumper has one six-inch suction inlet on each side, both with Hale master intake valves; three crosslays (two two-inch and one 2½-inch); a two-inch discharge in the extended front bumper to hold a full-length crosslay of 250 feet of 1¾-inch hose; two 2½-inch discharges on the driver’s side; one 2½-inch and one 4-inch discharge on the officer’s side; a 2½-inch preconnect in the hosebed; and a Task Force Tips Typhoon wireless remote 2,000-gpm deck gun with a TFT Extend-A-Gun.
4 The hosebed is covered by a pneumatically operated hard shell aluminum hosebed cover.
5 The extended front bumper holds 250 feet of 1¾-inch hose in a full-length crosslay.
Fox points out that because the rescue-pumper will be operating in the wildland urban interface, it has a hard-shell aluminum hosebed cover operated pneumatically. The hosebed is set up to carry 300 feet of preconnected 2½-inch hose, 800 feet of 5-inch large-diameter hose, 800 feet of 2½-inch hose, and 300 feet of 2½-inch hose dead lay. An enclosed ladder compartment holds one 24-foot two-section extension ladder, one 14-foot roof ladder, one 10-foot attic ladder, and two pike poles. The rig also carries a Hurst Jaws of Life eDraulic® combi tool and ram as well as a battery-operated scene light.
Sorensen notes that the rig has a Weldon V-MUX 12-volt multiplexed electrical system; an Onan 6-kW quiet-model diesel generator; a Whelen LED warning light package; five Whelen light bars including three individual beacons on the lower cab; a RotoRay light; and six Whelen LED Pioneer scene lights, two on each side of the body and two at the rear.
SVI Trucks Rescue-Pumper
- Spartan Metro Star ELFD chassis and cab with 10-inch raised roof
- Seating for six firefighters with five in SCBA seats
- Cummins 450-hp L9 diesel engine
- Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission
- Hale ESP 2,000-gpm pump
- IDEX SAM water control system
- 750-gallon polypropylene water tank
- 20-gallon Class A foam cell
- 30-gallon Class B foam cell
- Hale SmartFOAM system
- PumpBoss series pressure governor
- Task Force Tips Typhoon wireless remote 2,000-gpm deck gun with Extend-A-Gun
Fox says Campbell County also wanted an FRC inView camera vehicle event recording system. “We wanted it for our own recordkeeping of incidents, which should prove beneficial to our employees for training,” he says. “The system logs the previous 30 minutes, with one camera facing forward from the driver’s perspective and another one in the cab that looks at the officer and the engineer. There are dual Vista displays, one each for the driver and officer, so the officer can monitor speed and control systems from his seat to allow the driver to concentrate on driving the vehicle.”
ALAN M. PETRILLO is 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.