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Smeal Delivers Green Power Fire Apparatus to Markham, Ontario

Four Smeal Fire Apparatus with SG-09® GREEN POWER Technology

Four Smeal Fire Apparatus with SG-09 GREEN POWER Technology

Smeal Fire Apparatus Company has delivered four fire apparatus equipped with Smeal’s SG-09 GREEN POWER Technology to the City of Markham, Ontario. Smeal’s dealer, Safetek Emergency Vehicles, sold and delivered the order, which includes three Smeal custom pumpers and one 125-foot, heavy-duty aerial ladder.

“Our exclusive SG-09 GREEN POWER technology is becoming a popular option with fire departments that are focused on fuel savings and emissions reduction. It’s uniquely designed to significantly reduce both carbon emissions and operating costs while increasing the lifecycle of the main chassis engine,” says Jeff Wegner, Smeal‘s vice president, sales. “Recent studies have shown that this technology can help reduce carbon emissions by up to 13 percent and save an average 11 percent in fuel costs each year.”

The SG-09 GREEN POWER idle-reduction system uses an auxiliary power unit to provide electrical power and heating and cooling via an independent HVAC system without the need to idle the main chassis engine.

“Since busy departments typically spend 55 to 85 percent of their fire apparatus operating time at idle, this system reduces fuel consumption, lowers maintenance costs and operating hours for the chassis engine,” explains Wayne Stevens, vice president of Safetek.

Once the chassis parking brake is set and following a preset idle period, the SG-09 GREEN POWER system automatically shuts down the main chassis engine and activates an auxiliary power unit (APU) without any interruption of power, heating, and cooling. In addition, it constantly monitors the water pump and PTO to ensure there is no interruption on scene. The system can also be started manually for additional DC and/or AC power. This system features a Caterpillar C1.5, three-cylinder diesel engine that outputs 24 horsepower, a diesel-powered generator with 9 kW continuous, and a 270-A Leece Neville alternator.

For Markham (Ontario) Fire & Emergency Services, which serves more than 310,000 residents, choosing fire apparatus with GREEN POWER technology aligned with the City of Markham’s Greenprint Sustainability Plan and financial sustainability goals. “If we can be good stewards of the environment, while at the same time having a more beneficial economic outlook with the operating costs reduced, we’re very happy to have that,” says Phil Alexander, deputy chief, with Markham Fire & Emergency Services.

The Smeal pumpers, built on Spartan Metro Star chassis, each feature a 450-hp Cummins ISL engine, 10-inch raised roof, Smeal QL-12 peer-to-peer multiplex electrical system, Hale Q-Max 1,500-gpm single-stage pump, FoamPro 2002 dual-agent foam system, and 500-gallon water tank in addition to the SG-09 GREEN POWER system.

The 105-foot heavy-duty aerial, built on a Spartan Gladiator chassis, is equipped with a Cummins ISX15 550-hp engine, five-inch raised roof, Hale Q-Max 1,500-gpm single-stage pump, FoamPro 2002 dual-agent foam system, and GREEN POWER technology. The aerial ladder is constructed of 100,000-psi steel and features Smeal’s exclusive AL-11 aerial monitoring system, Fire Truck Leveling Assist (FTL), positional waterway, “creeper” controls at the tip, and six-function remote control for the monitor.

For more information, visit www.smeal.com and www.firetrucks.ca.