Apparatus & Equipment

THE EVOLUTION OF THE MINI-PUMPER

Issue 10 and Volume 154.

BY PAUL B. CROMER It has been nearly 23 years since the City of Buffalo showed how useful a fleet of mini-pumpers could be in times of severe weather. How has the mini evolved since then, and which departments use it? WHAT IS A MINI-PUMPER?For purposes of this discussion, a mini-pumper is a fire apparatus based on a commercial light-truck cab and chassis with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000 pounds or greater. Such a pumper falls under the classification of “Initial Attack Apparatus” in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus. A typical mini-pumper, this apparatus is based on a Ford Super Duty 2 2 2 cab and chassis. Major features include 250-gpm pumping capacity, 1½- and 3-inch hose, a booster reel, and a 250-gallon tank. (Photo courtesy of W.S. Darley & Co.) Click here to enlarge image Note: Although various requirements…

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