The Colony (TX) Fire Department Pierce Platform Aerial Walk-Around


Truck 473 was placed in service in June 2014 with The Colony (TX) Fire Department. The apparatus is built on a Velocity cab and chassis and features TAK-4 suspension on the front axle.   

Seating for five is provided as are two rear-facing EMS compartments. The cab and body are constructed of aluminum, and Amdor roll-up compartment doors are part of the body package. A tool box is recessed in the front bumper for shoring equipment. The truck also features the Pierce Command Zone control system. 

It is powered by a 500-hp Detroit DD13 engine and an Allison Generation IV EVS 4000 transmission with six speeds and pushbutton shifter. A Harrison 6-kW generator is mounted forward of the hosebed. A HURST high-pressure hydraulic tool system comprising a hydraulic spreader and hydraulic cutter is also on board.

The warning lights include a Whelen Freedom light bar along with Whelen M6 LED lights around the rig exterior. Whelen Model L31HRFN LED beacons are mounted on the upper rear corners. Scene lighting is provided by Whelen Pioneer Model LED lights. Audio warning devices include a bumper-mounted Federal Q2B and a Whelen Model 295SLSASA1 electronic siren module with a Whelen SA315P 100-watt speaker mounted through the left front bumper.

The aerial is a midmount 95-foot unit constructed of aluminum with a Stokes box mounted on the officer side of the aerial. The 16 SF platform has an Elkhart monitor and nozzle. A full complement of ground ladders is carried.

The apparatus has a Waterous S100 single-stage 1,500-gpm pump (midship) and a 300-gallon “L” shaped UPF water tank. Two 1¾-inch crosslays are located under the turntable along with 300 feet of three-inch hose stored in the torque box.

Dealer: Siddons-Martin Emergency Group-Houston, TX. Representative: Travis Ownby

Description and Photos courtesy of Lindsay Dye.


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