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The role of a rapid attack truck in today’s fire service
is a tough and rugged one. In most fire departments
these compact and quick fire apparatus will receive
more than their fair share of calls on a day-to-day basis
and will often put on more miles than any other fire or
rescue vehicle in the station house. Quick to respond
and more economical to operate than full-size pumpers
or heavy rescues, rapid attack trucks offer both the fire
suppression and rescue capability to cover a wide range
of most fire and emergency calls.
historic Mackinac Island with responsive fire and rescue
service. Many of the island’s tight twisting streets and
narrow alleys date back to the 17th Century.
The HME RAT™ created the template for a successful
rapid attack truck with its shortened custom HME SFO®
chassis. The HME SFO® chassis, designed for western
wildland and interface firefighting, provided extreme
turn cramp angle capability ( 52˚-cramp turn angle with
tires mounted), along with the ruggedness and stability
needed to handle mountainous two-tracks – practically
the identical performance characteristics required for
rapid attack work.
While compact in length today’s HME RAT™ sacrifices
little in storage capacity and fire suppression capability.
The HME RAT™ features a corrosion resistant stainless
steel body with compartment and storage solutions
that can be
need in a first
response fire and
delivers the same
as a traditional pumper with a 1250-GPM pump and a
500-gallon to 750-gallon tank.
Photo above: Hudsonville Fire Department’s Chief
Dick Mohr, Captain Jason Mohr, Lieutenant Pete
Hanemaayer, Deputy Chief Steve Essenburg were there
for the development of the first HME Rodent™.
While HME RAT™ fills the role of a rapid attack truck
for the vast majority of fire departments, there are
exceptions where wanting less came to provide more.
In Hudsonville, Michigan, Chief Dick Mohr and the
departments truck committee wanted a truck that was
even more compact, agile and economical than
the HME RAT™ - but without sacrificing too much
performance. The result was the HME Rodent™.
With the community’s urban applications
specifically in mind, Mohr and HME engineers
created a shorter and lighter HME RAT™ that
would prove to be even faster and more agile –
while significantly reducing fuel consumption.
“We like its maneuverability,” noted Chief Mohr, “it
gets around quick. And it has gotten some miles
on it. We use it more than any of our other trucks.
The HME CAT™ is a city attack truck engineered and
outfitted specifically for urban applications. HME rapid
attack trucks have been designed and engineered
to meet the needs of individual environments and
applications. The HME CAT™ is a prime example of a
rapid attack truck that was design specifically for high-volume calls in an urban environment.
HME MiniEvo TM - Worcester, Vermont
From RATS, to CATS, to Rodents and even more Extreme Rats, HME pushes the capability of
rapid attack trucks to a whole new level of performance and functionality with the fire
industry’s most comprehensive line-up of agile and quick fire apparatus.
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