Firebird Can Soar 125 Feet in the Air
The Firebird, a 125-foot elevating platform, is not only the newest apparatus in the Philadelphia Fire Department, but also the newest type of aerial apparatus in the fire service. It was made by the Calavar Corporation, Santa Fe Springs, Calif., which builds similar equipment for servicing aircraft.
What makes this unit so different is that each of the articulated booms also telescopes. This capability provides a maximum reach of 67 feet from the center of the turntable on a 23-foot vertical plane by extending the lower boom. The basket can be lowered 24 feet below grade.
A telescoping aluminum water pipe with a minimum internal diameter of 4 inches services a 1,000-gpm deck pipe in the basket. In flow tests made in Philadelphia, 200 to 230 psi at the gated double intake provided 1,000 gpm through a 2-inch tip with the basket at 85, 110 and 125 feet.