Sutphen Corp. and Custom Fire Apparatus Inc. (CustomFIRE) have a long-standing relationship with Shell in the industrial apparatus market, having built numerous pumpers, aerial platforms, and other specialized trucks for the company.
When Shell needed a fleet of five vehicles for its Shell Polymers ethylene cracker plant in Monaca (PA), it put out a competitive bid for the vehicles, which was won by the collaboration of Sutphen and CustomFIRE.
Jim Kirvida, president of CustomFIRE, says he had met with Shell consultant Michael Mitchell and received information on the various rigs that Shell wanted to protect the Monaca plant: an industrial pumper, an industrial aerial platform, an industrial hazardous materials command truck, and two industrial quick attack monitor trucks.
“Sutphen and CustomFIRE received the contract to build the five vehicles,” Kirvida points out. “The industrial pumper and industrial aerial platform were built on Sutphen chassis and cabs, and the aerial device was built by Sutphen, while the rest of those two vehicles were built by CustomFIRE, as were the industrial hazmat command vehicle and the two quick attack monitor rigs.”
Zach Rudy, Sutphen’s director of sales, says that the industrial pumper for Shell is on a Sutphen Monarch heavy-duty custom chassis with a 62-inch four-door cab and 15-inch raised roof with seating for four firefighters and a rollup-door-covered EMS cabinet on the cab’s back wall.
“The pumper has a wheelbase of 259 inches, an overall length of 36 feet 7 inches, overall height of 11 feet two inches, 25,500-pound front axle and suspension, and 35,000-pound rear axle and suspension,” he notes. “It’s powered by a Cummins 600-horsepower (hp) X-15 diesel engine and Allison Gen 5 4000 EVS automatic transmission.”
Kirvida points out that the industrial pumper has a Waterous CRU-2 3,000-gallons-per-minute (gpm) industrial fire pump, a Waterous Aquis Ultraflow 300-gpm electronically controlled direct-injection foam system, a 500-gallon water tank, and a 1,000-gallon foam tank. “The pumper has 12 foam capable discharges,” he says, “including two 2½-inch crosslays, two 2½-inch discharges on the officer’s side, one 2½-inch discharge at the rear of the body, two 2½-inch discharges on the driver’s side, three 6-inch discharges (one each at the rear and on the officer’s and driver’s side), one 4-inch outlet for an Akron Brass 2,000-gpm StreamMaster-II electric monitor at the rear body corner, and one Akron Brass AeroMaster 3,000-gpm electric monitor deck gun.” Lighting includes LED under-cab and ground lighting, LED compartment lighting, and two FRC Spectra LED scene lights.
1 Sutphen Corp. and CustomFIRE built five industrial firefighting vehicles for the Shell Polymers Monaca (PA) chemical plant: a custom pumper, an aerial platform, a hazardous materials command truck, and two quick attack monitor rigs. (Photos courtesy of CustomFIRE.)
2 The industrial pumper Sutphen/CustomFIRE built for Shell has a Waterous CRU-2 3,000-gpm pump; a Waterous Aquis Ultraflow 300-gpm electronically controlled, direct-injection foam system; a 500-gallon water tank; and a 1,000-gallon foam tank.
3 The aerial built by Sutphen/CustomFIRE is a SPI-112, a five-section aluminum boom box aerial with a 112-foot vertical reach.
4 Shell’s hazmat command truck is built on a Peterbilt Model 348 two-door chassis with a full-height command cab and a curb-side egress door.
Industrial Aerial Platform
- Sutphen Monarch chassis with four-door cab and seating for four firefighters
- Wheelbase: 278 inches
- Overall length: 48 feet 6 inches
- Overall height: 11 feet 8 inches
- Cummins 600-hp X15 diesel engine
- Allison Gen 5 4000 EVS automatic transmission with touchpad shifter
- Sutphen SPI-112-foot vertical reach aerial platform
- Five-section aluminum boom box aerial
- 4,000-gpm waterway
- Two Task Force Tips Monsoon remote control monitors and nozzles on platform
- SPH style platform with two front corner and one rear doorways
5 The Shell industrial aerial platform has two Task Force Tips Monsoon remote-control monitors and nozzles on the sides of the platform.
6 The Shell industrial pumper has an Akron Brass AeroMaster 3,000-gpm electric monitor deck gun and an Akron Brass 2,000-gpm StreamMaster-II 2,000-gpm electric monitor at the rear body corner.
Industrial Hazmat Command Truck
- Peterbilt Model 348 two-door chassis and full-height command cab with curb-side egress door
- Wheelbase: 305 inches
- PACCAR PX-9 450-hp diesel engine
- Allison 3000 EVS-P automatic transmission
- Stainless-steel industrial hazmat apparatus body with nine side and rear compartments
- 6,000-psi cascade SCBA fill system with two SCBA bottle containment system
- Six 6,000-psi ISO/UN cascade bottles in intra-body horizontal storage
- Electric rewind high-pressure breathing air hose reel with high-pressure regulator
- 18-foot-wide power roll-up surface-mounted awning
- 20-foot telescoping camera mast with color video camera, anti-collision, and high-voltage sonar
Industrial Quick Attack Monitor Truck
- Ford F-250 crew cab pickup truck with eight-foot cargo box
- 6.2-liter two-valve SOHC V8 flex fuel engine
- Six-speed automatic transmission
- Two longitudinal manifold feed waterways
- One transverse deluge monitor feed manifold
- 8-inch 304-stainless steel tubular cross-manifold
- 2½-inch bronze preset pressure relief valve
- Task Force Tips 1,200-gpm Hurricane manual monitor
- One Elkhart Brass Co. SM-1000HF 1,000-gpm self-educting foam master stream nozzle
- Elkhart SM-1250 1,250-gpm master stream deluge nozzle
- Fabricated 304-stainless steel LDH hosebeds, one over each longitudinal waterway
- 100-gallon T-shaped polypropylene foam concentrate tank
- Sutphen Monarch heavy-duty custom chassis with 62-inch four-door cab and 15-inch raised roof with seating for four firefighters
- Wheelbase: 259 inches
- Overall length: 36 feet 7 inches
- Overall height: 11 feet 2 inches
- Cummins 600-hp X-15 diesel engine
- Allison Gen 5 4000 EVS automatic transmission
- Waterous CRU-2 3,000-gpm industrial fire pump
- Waterous Aquis Ultraflow 300-gpm electronically controlled direct-injection foam system
- 500-gallon water tank
- 1,000-gallon foam tank
The SPI-112 Sutphen industrial aerial platform has 112 feet of vertical reach, a five-section aluminum box-style boom, an SPH-style platform with two front corner and one rear doorways, two Task Force Tips 2,000-gpm electronically controlled Monsoon monitors on the platform, a Sutphen Monarch chassis, and a four-door cab with seating for four firefighters, Rudy says. The aerial platform has a 25,500-pound front axle with enhanced spring suspension, 62,000-pound tandem rear axles with air ride suspension, Meritor SCAM air brakes on a 278-inch wheelbase, a 48-foot 6-inch overall length, and an 11-foot 8-inch overall height.
Rudy adds that the industrial aerial platform has a Waterous CRU-2C21 3,000-gpm midship-mounted industrial fire pump, a Waterous Aquis Ultraflow 300-gpm electronically controlled direct-injection foam system, an 800-gallon foam tank, a Smart Power 10-kW pto-driven hydraulic generator with FROG control, an automatic transfer switch from shore power to generator, and an electric rewind 120-volt 3-wire electric cord reel with a four-way receptacle box.
Kirvida says CustomFIRE built the industrial hazmat command truck for Shell on a Peterbilt Model 348 two-door chassis and stainless-steel, full-height command cab with a curb-side egress door on a 305-inch wheelbase, a 14,600-pound front axle with leaf springs and shock absorbers, and a 30,000-pound single-speed rear axle with a Reyco multileaf 31,000-pound spring suspension. All side compartments are protected by roll-up doors, and on top of the command truck are four double-wall storage pods, two on each side of a 28-inch-wide walkway.
The interior of the command cab has a wrap-around desk with two roller command chairs, line voltage receptacles, magnetic dry erase boards, under-desk roll-out drawers, and under-ceiling wrap-around cabinets—all climate-controlled by a ducted 26,000-Btu heater/air-conditioning unit. The rig has a 6,000-pounds-per-square-inch (psi) cascade self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) fill system with two SCBA bottle containment system; six 6,000-psi ISO/UN cascade bottles in intra-body horizontal storage; an electric rewind high-pressure breathing air hose reel with high-pressure regulator; an 18-foot-wide power roll-up surface-mounted awning; and a 20-foot telescoping camera mast with color video camera, anti-collision, and high-voltage sonar.
Kirvida notes that the two industrial quick attack monitor trucks are built on Ford F-250 three-quarter-ton, crew-cab pickups with eight-foot cargo boxes. “Each truck is powered by a 6.2-liter two-valve SOHC V8 flex fuel engine with a six-speed automatic transmission,” he says. “They each have two longitudinal manifold feed waterways, one transverse deluge monitor feed manifold, and an 8-inch 304-stainless steel tubular cross-manifold. There’s a 2½-inch bronze preset pressure relief valve; a Task Force Tips 1,200-gpm Hurricane manual monitor; an Elkhart Brass Company SM-1000HF 1,000-gpm self-educting foam master stream nozzle; an Elkhart Brass SM-1250 1,250-gpm master stream deluge nozzle; fabricated 304-stainless steel LDH (large-diameter hose) hosebeds, one over each longitudinal waterway; and a 100-gallon T-shaped polypropylene foam concentrate tank.”
Kirvida adds that the Shell industrial rigs are a bit unique in the industry as they didn’t want the pumps on the industrial pumper and aerial platform rated larger than 3,000 gpm because in their other fleets they have 3,000-gpm pumps on other apparatus. “But Shell wanted the precision of a flow-based electronically controlled direct-injection foam system like the Waterous Aquis Ultraflow,” he points out, “to give them greater control over the amount of foam they were flowing.”
Kirvida notes that CustomFIRE offers not only the Aquis Ultraflow system on its industrial rigs but also the FoamPro Accumax-II electronically controlled direct-injection system as well as the National Foam Servo Command and the Williams Fire & Safety HotShot-II balanced-pressure systems.
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.