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Posted: Aug 11, 2015

Apparatus Showcase

Delivery of the Month

Spartan ER-Edison Division of Fire, Edison Township, NJ, aerial platform. Gladiator cab and chassis; Cummins ISX15 550-hp engine; 100-foot steel aerial platform; Harrison 12-kW generator. Dealer: Ryan Bailey, Campbell Supply Company, South Brunswick, NJ. (Photo by John M. Malecky.)

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Posted: Aug 11, 2015

In the News

ROSENBAUER AMERICA's dealer, Aréo-Fire, was recently awarded a contract for 20 aerial apparatus by the Montréal (Québec, Canada) Fire Department. This contract will be for a period of five years at four aerials per year being delivered. The city based its choice on the results of an evaluation process where price, presentation, delivery capacity, and service after the sale were all considered at different levels. The apparatus will have the same general features, including a 100-foot aerial with water tower; will have no pumps; and will be mounted on a Rosenbauer Commander 4000 chassis. The fire department has used a variety of aerial apparatus for the past 10 years, including four Rosenbauer T-Rex articulating platforms.


HME's HXR™ (HME Extreme RAT) is the latest in rapid attack truck design offered by HME, Incorporated. It's 4x2 on-highway and 4x4 off-road capabilities allow for this adaptable and rugged fire truck to take command of a wide range of terrain and environments. Wide, low-profile, super-single tires and central tire inflation system provide optimal traction on soft ground, on sand, and over extreme obstacles.

HME's proprietary, modular mounting system isolates the water tank and tank frame from chassis stress and twist. The body mounting system keeps the stainless steel body independent of stresses transferred from the chassis and subframe. This engineering improves apparatus durability and life while optimizing truck stability and control in uneven and extreme terrain applications. Built on a custom HME SFO® (Short-Front-Overhang) chassis, HXR engineering excelled in lane-change testing with a filled water tank, keeping all four-tires planted on the road and in control at all times.


SMEAL FIRE APPARATUS CO. and GIMAEX INTERNATIONAL stepped out together at Interschutz 2015 with the display of the Smeal CORE™ Multi-Mission Pumper with OMNI™ Control System. The pumper was shown alongside the full Gimaex fire apparatus product offering. The companies announced a teaming arrangement in April, and this is the first trade show where the companies have exhibited together.

The CORE Multi-Mission Pumper features a full-size, drive-shaft-driven midship pump but also eliminates the space taken up by a traditional pump panel. This provides the maneuverability of a short wheelbase and maximum storage space. The CORE pumper also features Smeal's OMNI Control System. With this technology, Smeal has packaged proven electrically controlled valves in a compact control module. Not only does the OMNI control system control the pump and valves, but it can also control the monitor, scene lights, truck-mounted cameras, generator, air horn, and water and foam levels.


TEMPEST TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION recently unveiled its new delivery initiative, what it calls the 3/3 Program. Designed to provide guaranteed shipping and delivery times, Tempest's 3/3 program promises that nearly all stocked items are shipped within three days of order placement, and built-to-order items are shipped within three weeks.

Tempest and the International Firefighter Cancer Foundation (IFCF) also recently worked together to raise awareness on the cancer risks within the fire service with the giveaway of a custom airbrushed Power Blower™ by Tempest. Battalion Chiefs Ted Henry and Damon Barkley, from Kansas City, Missouri, were the recipients of the custom PPV fan-Tempest's 18-i

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Posted: Aug 11, 2015

Fire Truck Picture of the Day-4 Guys Rescue Truck

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Posted: Aug 10, 2015

Crane and Rigid-Hull Inflatable Combine to Create an Unusual Rescue Vehicle

Alan M. Petrillo

Fairbanks is Alaska's second largest city and it serves as a rail, air, and water transportation hub in the northern part of the state.

Accordingly, when spec'ing out a new heavy rescue, the Fairbanks (AK) Fire Department wanted a vehicle that would carry an array of rescue equipment for vehicle extrication, water and ice rescue, industrial extrication, and confined space situations.

1 The most unusual feature of the Fairbanks (AK) Fire Department heavy rescue built by SVI Trucks is the Liberator 3200 crane that lifts a 14-foot rigid-hull inflatable boat from its storage spot on the rescue's roof. Also on top are coffin compartments and a Command Light 9,000-watt light tower. (Photos courtesy of SVI Trucks.)

Planning for Now and Beyond

Brian Davis, Fairbanks battalion chief, says the department did a needs assessment and determined what functions the heavy rescue would face in the future. "We determined what we need right now and also what we might need 20 to 25 years in the future," Davis says. "We wanted to anticipate what additional roles the vehicle might have. It might evolve into a rapid intervention team (RIT) vehicle, a ladder tender to reduce the wear on our platforms, or some other role."

Davis points out that water rescue and vehicle rescue are the two most common types of rescues to which the Fairbanks Fire Department responds. "That drove the design of the vehicle," he says. "We like the Spartan chassis, so we did a sole-source requirement for a Spartan chassis and then put out our open bid specs. We sent the bids out widely; got three responses; and, after review, gave the contract to SVI Trucks through True North Emergency Equipment."

Challenging Design

Bob Sorensen, vice president of sales for SVI Trucks, says that building the Fairbanks heavy rescue was the type of challenge that his company likes to face. "It's not every day that we are building a truck with a small crane on it, but we have done it a number of times before," Sorensen says. "Besides that challenge, there was a lot of equipment that had to be placed on the vehicle."

2 The heavy rescue also carries a FrostFighter 250,000-Btu diesel-fired fresh air heater that the department uses to keep vehicle accident victims warm in winter during a rescue.

Davis notes that the Fairbanks Fire Department had issues with pulling a boat trailer with its previous rescue. "It was difficult, and sometimes impossible, to back up in tight spots, so we wanted to carry our 14-foot rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) on the rescue itself."

Sorensen points out that SVI came up with the idea of carrying the RHIB on the roof of the heavy rescue, in between coffin compartments on each side. SVI had built a rescue for a Colorado fire department where an RHIB was stored on the rescue's roof, but that department found it took four firefighters to pull the boat off the roof. "With Fairbanks, we put a Liberator 3200 series crane on the roof and, using a wireless remote, a single person can lift the boat and set it down on the ground or in the water," Sorensen

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Chair

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Chair

Elliot Courage
North Whatcom Fire & Rescue
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Vice Chair

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Vice Chair

Mike Smith 
Pierce County Fire District #5
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Secretary

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Secretary

Justin Claibourn
Central Pierce Fire & Rescue 
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Director #1

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #1

Loren Angiono 
City of Lynnwood
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Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #2

Paul Spencer 
Fire Fleet Maintenance LLC
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Director #3

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #3

Larry Elliott
Olympia Fire Department
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Director #4

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #4

Doug Jones
City of Redmond
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Director #6

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #6

Brett Annear
Kitsap County Fire District 18
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Director #5

Posted: Oct 21, 2015

Director #5

Jay Jacks
Camano Island Fire & Rescue
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Posted: Oct 20, 2015

Immediate Past Chair

Brian Fortner
Graham Fire & Rescue

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