Stations 111, 114, 124, and 128 of the Baltimore, MD, Fire Department have each accepted delivery of a Sutphen aerial tower. The trucks were put into service over the past few months.
The main advantage of these units is that they are combination ladder trucks and pumpers. Instead of using two pieces of apparatus, the fire stations are now using one to accomplish the same job. This results in a savings of manpower.
According to Chief William Hunt, the new units have helped to increase the department’s fire strength with minimum manpower. This helps the department run more efficiently.
The units seat seven people. They each have a 100-foot ladder and 1,500-gpm pumping capability with a 500-gallon tank capacity The truck also has two 1 1/4-inch pre-connected hoses and one 2 La-inch attack line pre-connected hose.
The trucks are powered by a Detroit 8V71N diesel engine with HT740D automatic transmission.
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Station 2 of the Thornton, CO, Fire Department has received this Seagrave pumper, which went into service in April. It replaced a 1957 American LaFrance pumper.
The truck is a combination water and foam unit. It has a 750-gallon water tank and a 20-gallon foam tank, and 1,250gpm pumping capability.
According to the deputy chief, some of the pumper’s safety features include a fully enclosed cab and a sound limiting package that provides hearing protection.
One unique specification is the new jump seat style that sets the SCBA behind the seat backs. This prevents the air packs from rubbing against the firefighters’ backs, but still makes it possible to don them en route.
The unit has a Detroit diesel 8V92TA engine, an Allison HT-740 automatic transmission, and a 6-kw diesel generator.
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A new Pierce pumper was delivered to the Port Orchard, WA, Fire Department in September 1985. It replaced a 1943 Ford 250-gpm pumper.
According to Chief Joe Snow, one important feature of this new truck is that it has 5-inch intake and discharge openings for use with large-diameter hose.
The chief also said that the truck was designed with an important safety feature that eliminated tailboard riding. The apparatus can seat a six-man crew under cover (two in the cab and four in the jump seat—and the jump seat can accommodate up to five).
The truck has also helped the department improve its response time. The station exits onto a big hill that the pumper must climb on its way to every incident. In the past, this has often slowed down the trucks on their w’ay out. According to Chief Snow, this new unit “can accelerate as good going uphill as it can on flat land.”
The pumper is built on a Lance chassis that has a breakaway tilt cab in which the crew canopy remains stationary.
The unit is rated at a 1,500-gpm pumping capacity, but it can exceed that. According to Captain Snow, the pumping capacity reached 2,200-gpm during testing.
The truck carries both water and foam, with a 500-gallon water tank and a 30-gallon foam tank.
In addition to this unit, the department owns two 1,250gpm pumpers and one 750-gpm pumper.
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The Woodstock, It, Rural Fire Protection District has been operating this Darley pumper since the middle of June. So far, it has been used at several car fires and one structural fire. This unit replaces a 1963 Darley pumper.
According to Chief Dick Menzel, the truck’s four-wheel drive will be useful for traveling over the rough, rural roads in their district, especially during winter weather. The pumper also has a four-door cab for safety purposes—the first one in the area.
This Darley pumper is the department’s seventh unit. They also have one other pumper, two tankers, a mini-pumper, an equipment van, and a grass unit.
The pumper is built on a Spartan Model 2025 chassis and is powered by a Detroit 6V92TA turbo diesel engine. It has a 1,000gpm pump and carries 1,000 gallons of water. It also carries 25 gallons of foam and has a foam eductor that operates off the pump.
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This pumper, manufactured by the Boardman Company, was recently delivered to Station 1 of the Edmond, OK, Fire Department. According to Deputy Chief Warren, it should go into service within the next couple of months.
One of the pumper’s highlights is the pump panel—where each gauge is located directly over the discharge outlet. This makes it more convenient for the firefighters operating the pump because they can read the gauge directly over the outlet they are manipulating.
Other features of the pumper include: telescoping steering, which can be adjusted for shorter drivers; air packs that are attached to the back of the seat; improved vision from the cab, which is also considerably wide and provides extra riding space for the firefighters; and a mounted deck gun.
The pumper is mounted on a PemFab custom chassis/cab. The engine is a 350-hp Detroit diesel 6V92TA and the transmission is an Allison HT-740 automatic. The truck pumps 1,250 gpm and has a 750-gallon water tank. The riding positions are: two jump seats and three seats in front.
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