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The Clearwater (FL) Fire Department’s Engine 47 is built on a Pierce Velocity cab and chassis and features a Waterous 1,500-gpm single-stage pump, a 500-gallon tank, and all Whelen lighting. (Photos by author.)

02 / 08

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Attack lines in the rear were placed on the rig in accordance with the department's city street grid, building construction, and building types. The committee decided on five 1¾-inch attack lines on the rig with two-inch discharge piping. All these lines have Elkhart 75/175 Chief combination nozzles.

03 / 08

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The committee enhanced the capabilities of the unit by adding a number of ways for it to receive water. On the extended front bumper, it added a front suction pipe, with a swivel, attached to 25 feet of five-inch line. Each six-inch side inlet for the pump has a piston intake relief valve attached to 50 feet of five-inch line stored in a tray in the running board.

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The committee enhanced the capabilities of the unit by adding a number of ways for it to receive water. On the extended front bumper, it added a front suction pipe, with a swivel, attached to 25 feet of five-inch line. Each six-inch side inlet for the pump has a piston intake relief valve attached to 50 feet of five-inch line stored in a tray in the running board.

05 / 08

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Clearwater makes extensive use of Performance Advantage Company PAC TRAC and equipment mounts for placing and arranging tools and appliances in all the compartments.

06 / 08

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The exterior compartments are laid out for function and ease of use depending on the incident type. Features that were completed at the manufacturer include curved aluminum brackets for hanging the high-rise hose. The packs are broken up into two 75-foot packs and one 50-foot pack.

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Each station is allowed to display its company patch on the rear roll-up door and windows on the cab, instilling company pride for each unit.

08 / 08

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The extended front bumper has another 150-foot line in a bumper tray. The committee also added suction pipe, with a swivel, attached to 25 feet of five-inch line.