Article and Photos by Lindsay Dye
Quint 61 was placed into service with the Terrell (TX) Fire Department the second week of October 2018. The cab is the Gladiator MFD with a flat roof and the Classic face on the cab. The chassis is the Gladiator model with the apparatus body and aerial provided by Smeal. Seating for four is provided as is an EMS compartment. Other cab features include dual vista display and control screens, cup holders, and USB ports throughout. The interior is Spartan’s heavy-duty design with speed liner throughout the cab with Spartan’s Advanced Climate Control System. The cab and body are constructed of aluminum, and ROM roll-up compartment doors are part of the body package. Spartan’s Advanced Protection System (steering wheel, knee, and full side air bag curtains with side impact sensors) is featured. SCBA storage is located adjacent to the rear wheels on each side of the body. All cab and body compartments were installed as part of Metro Fire’s custom mounting equipment package.
The truck is powered by a Cummins ISX15 505-hp engine paired with an Allison 4000 EVS transmission with six speeds and pushbutton shifter. A Harrison 10-kW hydraulic generator is mounted on the right body side on top of the pump.
The apparatus has a Waterous CSUC20 single-stage 2,000-gpm pump with a 480-gallon UPF water tank. Foam is provided by a FoamPro System with a 20-gallon foam cell. Foam is plumbed to the front jump line and the crosslays. The front bumper tray carries 100 feet of 1¾-inch hose, and the crosslays (1 with 150 feet of 1¾-inch hose, one with 200 feet of 1¾-inch hose, and one with 150 feet of 2-inch hose) are located between the cab and the pump panel. The hosebed chute features Spartan’s Ergonomic Hose Loader and accommodates 1,000 feet of 5-inch LDH.
The aerial is a rear-mount, heavy-duty 105-foot stick constructed of steel, which features a 1,500-gpm steel waterway and an Akron StreamMaster II Model 3480 monitor paired with an Akron Akromatic electric nozzle. Blue TecNiq LED lighting adorns the aerial for nighttime operations. An FRC light is mounted on the aerial tip as are two FRC SOBRITE lights. Duo-Safety ground ladders (one 35-foot three-section, one 24-foot two-section, one 16-foot roof, and one 14-foot Fresno) are stored in dual ladder tunnels as are a complement of pike poles. A 16-foot roof ladder is mounted on the right side of the aerial.
The warning lights include two Whelen Freedom IV-Q 21.5-inch light bars on the cab corners with Whelen M6 LED lights mounted around the rig’s perimeter. A Whelen TADP 8 Traffic Directing light is mounted below the turntable on the rear of the apparatus, and two Whelen Model 31 beacons are mounted on the rear body corners. Scene lighting is provided by FRC Spectra pedestal-mounted lights on the apparatus body sides and Whelen 600 Series lights. Audio warning devices include a pedestal-mounted Federal Q2B along with a Whelen Model 295HFS2 electronic siren module connected to two Whelen Model SA315P recessed in the front bumper.
Dealer: Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists-Houston, TX
Representative: Brian Cudaback