Boston, MA—The Boston (MA) Fire Department (BFD) has recently taken delivery of a new dual-purpose apparatus. The custom truck was engineered to be a versatile piece of the department’s emergency vehicle fleet.
The new specialty apparatus was custom built to the exact specifications of the BFD and will be used as a dual-purpose high-water/wildland fire apparatus. The chassis is an Acela Monterra (6×6) with 46-inch tires, 22-inch ground clearance, and 50-inch water fording capability. The high-water rescue up-fit consists of an extended operator’s deck, aluminum “tuck away” liftgate with 3,000-pound lift capacity, two custom aluminum slide ladders, and a lighting package that includes emergency/ground/scene lights.
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The truck features a custom (self-contained) firefighting skid unit with a supply of 1,000 gallons of water and 60 gallons of foam. This unit is designed to be easily extracted from the rear of the apparatus by a forklift operator. Two Hannay Electric Hose Reels with 300 feet of 1” hose are mounted to the skid. This unit is powered by a Kubota 24HP diesel engine and a Darley 2.5 AGE pump, which includes Darley’s “Foam Flurry” Proportioner Foam System.
More than 65 BFD personnel completed a four-day training on the new piece of apparatus that covered basic operating procedures for the specialty vehicle. This type of training comes standard with all General Truck Body purchases.
For more information, visit www.generalbody.com/custom-manufacturing.