New Sentinel Emergency Solutions Facility Pays Early Dividends

In early September 2020, the company moved into a new 34,000-square-foot facility, with 22,000 square feet dedicated solely to service.

The May 2020 Dealer Profile article (https://www.fireapparatusmagazine.com/2020/05/01/dealer-profile-sentinel-emergency-solutions/) mentioned Sentinel Emergency Solutions would soon be moving. In early September 2020, it occupied a new 34,000-square-foot facility, with 22,000 square feet dedicated solely to service.

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Vice-President of Apparatus Sales Brian Franz said, “Our old shop could only service six apparatus at one time; the new facility can handle 15 rigs at one time. Fortunately, we haven’t had to lay off employees in the past year because of COVID-19 and actually hired six new people. We’re always looking for qualified technicians for both in the shop and road service. There is no doubt our expanded shop and service capabilities have greatly influenced new apparatus sales. We’ve had our best year ever with Rosenbauer with over 50 rigs currently on order with them.” 

Franz said Sentinel recently received two orders from Missouri fire districts for four rigs each. All eight will feature Rosenbauer’s EXT extruded aluminum bodies. Lincoln County Fire Protection District ordered two rescue-pumpers with 1,000-gallon tanks and two pumper-tankers with 2,500-gallon tanks. They’ll feature Rosenbauer’s Commander custom chassis and Hale/Idex SAM control systems.

The Southern Boone Fire Protection District’s four rigs will be on Peterbilt 567 commercial chassis. Two 750 gallon-per-minute x 1,700-gallon tankers and a walk-around heavy rescue with a cascade system and Wil Burt light tower will be on a two-door chassis. A rear-mount pumper with a 1,000-gallon tank, a Waterous CAFS system, and a Will-Burt light tower will be on a four-door chassis.

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