Generator-Compressor Truck for $2,000

Generator-Compressor Truck for $2,000

How government surplus equipment, some hard work and a minimum investment can add up to a valuable auxiliary vehicle is demonstrated by this generator-compressor truck of the Meridian Charter Township Fire Department in Haslett, Mich.

The truck, generator and compressor all were bought through the local Office of Civil Defense. The truck and generator were put in service in 1961, and the compressor was added in 1968. The 15-kw generator, Chief Richard H. McKane reports, can supply enough power to operate all the portable lights and the compressor at the same time. Thus, while lighting up the fireground, the unit also can be used to provide air for breathing apparatus. The compressor is rated at 15 cfm at 2250 psi.

All work on the generator-compressor truck was done by fire department members at a total cost of less than $2,000. They hope to replace the chassis soon and build a body that will enhance the appearance of the unit, the chief said. The lighting plant, he added, was the first in the area, and the firemen know of no other generator-compressor combination vehicle in Michigan.

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