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Posted: Nov 12, 2018

Orange County (CA) Fire Authority Purchases 10 KME Pumpers and Seven Tractor-Drawn Aerials

NESQUEHONING, PA—KME Fire Apparatusannounces the delivery of 10 KME custom pumpers and seven 101-foot tractor-drawn aerials (TDAs) to the Orange County Fire Authority. The new trucks will join more than 100 KME apparatus currently in service at the Orange County Fire Authority. 

The custom pumpers and TDAs are built on KME’s Severe Service™ cab. With a 10-inch raised roof, the Severe Service chassis was engineered in conjunction with the fire service and designed for use in extreme conditions, such as wildland environments or heavy urban use. KME’s Severe Service chassis has been subjected to high-volume use with over one million miles of real-world testing. 

The seven AerialCat™ TDAs feature the following:

  • KME Severe Service Cabs
  • 500-hp engine and Allison transmissions
  • AerialCat 101-foot ladder with prepiped waterways and 300-gallon water tanks
  • Equipment capacities of double the NFPA requirement of an aerial ladder

The 10 new Orange County Fire Authority custom pumpers feature the following:

  • 176-inch wheelbases for tight turning radii
  • 450-hp engines and Allison transmissions
  • 1,500 -gpm midship pumps and a 250-gpm auxiliary pumps for pump-and-roll operations
  • 500-gallon water tanks and 10 gallons of Class “A” foam feeding the onboard direct injection foam systems

The Orange County Fire Authority is a regional fire service agency that serves 23 cities in Orange County, California and all unincorporated areas. The OCFA protects more than 1,680,000 residents from its 71 fire stations located throughout Orange County.

“We are proud to have dozens of KME’s in service in Orange County. These units are custom built and designed for this busy fire department” said Pete Hoherchak, KME Product Manager. “Congratulations to Orange County Fire Authority and thank you for your continued confidence in the KME product.”

For more information, contact KME ( or your local KME dealer (

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Posted: Nov 12, 2018

Video: Dallas (TX) Fire Department Tiller Response

This tillerman's response video comes from the Dallas (TX) Fire Departent. Take a look at how the trailer of the tractor-drawn aerial was used to block traffic. Could this be another use for retired fire apparatus? Consider using retired TDAs in the same way Irving, Texas, has used its retired apparatus as traffic-blocking units

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Posted: Nov 12, 2018

Ashtabula'S New Fire Truck To Arrive In January

The new engine pumper, which costs $500,000, is being built in Dublin, just outside of Columbus, Fire Chief Shawn Gruber said.

"We are excited," he said. "It's a much-needed addition to our apparatus. With this salt and northeast Ohio weather, the repair costs were piling up." 

The department is looking at a mid-January delivery.

"We will be happy to show it off," he said.

When the fire department gets the new pumper, it will use the current pumper, which is 13 years old, as a reserve and sell the current reserve pumper. The money from the sale will go toward the purchase of a new ambulance, he said.

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Posted: Nov 12, 2018

Firefighters Injured After Fire Truck Overturns In Charlotte

According to the Cook’s Community Volunteer Fire Department, two CCVFD firefighters were responding to a vehicle fire on I-485 near Harris Boulevard around 11:30 a.m.

During this time, the members of the department were involved in a single-vehicle accident which caused the fire truck to roll over.

Both members were taken to local hospitals for their injuries and have been released.

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Posted: Nov 12, 2018

What'S Up With That Old Fire Truck?

The fire truck is an American LaFrance 750 pumper that was shipped to Greeneville on Dec. 8, 1955. Founded in 1873, American LaFrance built fire engines, fire aerials, and other emergency vehicles until 2014, when the company ceased operations.

The owners of this particular fire truck — Alice Cupp and her husband, Chance Minnick — purchased the vehicle about two to three months ago from some people in Knoxville. At the same time, the couple purchased some equipment for a new restaurant they’re planning to open.

They thought it would look good sitting outside their restaurant, plus it could be used for promotions and events, maybe even in parades. The only problem was the parking lot wasn’t really large enough to hold the vintage vehicle. The solution? Ask a friend for help.

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