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1989 E-ONE 95’ PLATFORM
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Call for Price Inv. Co2-6285
4-Dr. Enclosed A/C Cab,1500 gpm
Hale Pump, 250gal. Alum. Tank, 475 hp
Detroit Diesel w/93K Miles, Allison Auto.,
7.5k W Onan Gen., Current Certs, Excellent
Condition, Available Now.
3D PUMPER #2
Call for Price Inv. Co2b-6555
Hale 2000 GPM Pump, 750 gl Poly Tank,
30 gl Foam Tank, 370hp Cummins Diesel
w/66K Miles, Allison Auto Trans, Current
Cert, Good Condition, Available Now.
1990 (2014 REFURB.) SPARTAN
SAULSBURY HEAVY RESCUE CRANE
Call for Price Inv. Co2-6341
A/C Enclosed Cab for 6, 8V-92T Detroit
Diesel, Allison Auto., Hydraulic Generator
w/Light Tower, Front Winch & Much More.
Great Condition, Avail. Now. Payments as
low as $3,200/mo.
1993 (2012 REFURB) 4-DR
PIERCE DASH PUMPER
Call for Price Inv. Co2-6255
6V-92 Det. Dsl, Allison Auto w/24K Miles,
1250 gpm Waterous Top Mt Pump, 750 Gal.
Poly Tank, Honda Generator, Trash Line,
Current Pump Cert, Like New, & Available
Immediately, Low Monthly or Annual pmt.
2000 PIERCE DASH
Call for Price Inv. BFD-6642
500hp Detroit Diesel, Allison Auto, 16K
Miles, 2000 gpm Waterous Pump, 1000
gl Poly Tank, 30 gl Foam Tank, 10Kw P TO
Gen, Pump Certified, Excellent Condition,
Call for Price Inv. BFD-6524
6 Man Cab A/C Cab 1000 gl Poly Tank
w/40 gl Foam Tank, 1500 gpm Hale Pump,
350 hp Detroit Diesel w/84K Miles, Allison
Auto, 6Kw Onan Gen, Deck Gun, Current
Cert, Excellent Condition, Available Now.
1994 SIMON DUPLEX
Call for Price Inv. Co2-6381
Saulsbury Rescue Body, 1000 gl Poly Tank,
50 gl Foam, 2000 gpm Hale Pump, 435hp
Detroit Diesel w/23K Miles, Allison Auto,
20 Kw Harrison Hydraulic Gen, Excellent
Condition, Available Now!
1996 KME RURAL
Call for Price Inv. Co2b-6232
Renegade Custom Cab & Chassis,
Waterous 1500gpm Single Stage Pump,
1200 gal. UPF Poly Tanks, Current Pump
Certification, Jet Dump. Excellent Condition, Available Now.
2015 DEMO CHEVY 3500HD
4X4 BRUSH TRUCK
Call for Price Inv. BDRb-6604
4x4 3500HD Chassis, 11,000lb GVW,
4K Miles, Automatic Trans, Air Conditioning, HMA Hydrus Ultra Hi-Pressure Skid
Unit, Foam System, 100 gl Tank, Like
New Condition, Available Now!
Call for Price Inv. Co2-6493
4-Dr., 6-Man A/C Cab, 1000gl. Poly Tank,
1500 gpm Waterous, Detroit Diesel w/55K
Miles, Allison Auto., Rear Arrow Bar, Rear
& Front Suction, Deck Gun, Current Cert.,
Great Condition, Available Now.
1991 (2013 REFURB) INTERNATIONAL
Payments as low as $1,400/mo.
16ft Walk Around Body, Navistar 230HP,
Allison Auto, 27K miles, New Tires,
New Body Paint & Striping, Available
Now, Mint Condition.
1990 PIERCE ARROW
Call for Price Inv. Co2-6579
Detroit Diesel w/25K Miles, Allison Auto
Trans, 1250 gpm Top Mount Waterous
Pump, 750 gl Tank w/25gl Foam Tank,
Rear Booster Reel w/Hose & Nozzle,
Very Clean, Available Now!
2005 F550 4-GUYS
Call for Price Inv. BFD-6626
Ford Powerstroke 6.0 Diesel, 5 Speed
Standard Trans, 9K Miles, 1484 Hours,
750gpm Waterous Pump, 290 gl Poly Tank,
10 gl Foam Tank, Diesel Gen, Light Tower,
Winch, Excellent Condition, Available Now!
Call for Price Inv. BDR-6644
DT-466 Diesel Engine, Auto Trans, 37K
Miles, Lima 7.5Kw PTO Generator, 6 Head
Command Light Tower, 2-Electric Cord
Reels, Hydraulic Reel, Great Condition,
Call for Price Inv. Co2-6631
4 Door, 5 Man Cab, Diesel Engine with
55K Miles, Allison Auto Trans, 1250 gpm Hale
Pump, 1000 gl Poly Tank, Foam Pro System,
8 gl Foam Tank, Top Mounted Hose Reel,
Excellent Condition, Available Now!
apparatus that personnel can utilize more
effectively and efficiently.”
A few years ago, I conducted a general
poll of the major aerial manufacturers, asking them what percentage of aerials coming
off the lines were quints. Surprisingly, their
answer was 75 to 80 percent of the aerial
apparatus being built were quints, or aerial
devices with some type of firefighting capabilities—e.g., fire pump, stored compressed
air foam, and so on.
The quint seems to be the truck company of the suburban fire department.
As suburban areas begin to grow, so too
do their fire departments. The quint is a
good stepping stone to traditional truck
company operations for a growing organization. In my department, we started staffing a quint around 1995 out of
necessity to staff a station because the
department did not have an extra engine
to house there. Since this time, we have
grown our truck company operations and
have proven the quint’s worth on the fireground. We made our quint, with limited
compartmentation and ground ladders,
work for us by adding additional compartments and mounting some of our
equipment (e.g., hooks, tools) to the exterior of the apparatus. What we learned
was the apparatus did not define our
operations. Our attitude concerning fireground operations did.
Some larger municipal departments have
left their traditional truck company configurations for the quints. Most notably are
St. Louis, Missouri; Fort Worth, Texas; and
Richmond, Virginia. These departments
moved to a “total quint concept” (TQC) or
blended quints with their already traditional
truck companies. Do these departments see
some of the same issues smaller suburban
departments do? I don’t think so. The problem with the smaller suburban departments
is they often only have one ladder—and it’s
a quint—whereas the larger departments,
or those running the TQC, have multiple quints arriving on the fireground. The
larger department can have the first quint
position and work as an engine while the
second quint positions as a truck company.
Obviously, this works; otherwise, St. Louis
and other TQC organizations would not
have implemented such a program. There
still remains the issue of limited fire attack
capabilities with quints and their minimum
ground ladder complements.
Making Quints Work
in the Suburbs
First, if your department is fortunate
to be able to specify and design something
that meets the needs of the organization,
take the time and effort to do so. Consider
looking at a tractor drawn aerial (TDA) if
your staffing and training allow. The TDA
will allow you to have suppression functions
without impacting compartmentation and
ground ladder storage capabilities.
Second, develop operational guidelines
that outline the expectations of the quint on
the fireground for specific occupancies and
order of arrival. Functioning as an engine at
single-story residences is reasonable. But, this
is a more complicated issue when the quint
arrives first due to a large apartment building without another ladder arriving within an
acceptable timeframe. Should the quint position for aerial operations or the stretch? In
most cases, it is not possible to do even if you
had the staffing. A guideline will help clarify
what is expected from everyone.
Last, take the time to provide quality
training for your personnel working on the
quint. Talking about it in the classroom is a
good start, but it really needs to be reinforced
by multicompany operations with the other
engines in the department. Make those who
work on the quint good at truck work. They
should think truck first and engine second.
Depending on where you work, your
experiences probably drive your view of
quints. Quints are very unique apparatus on the fireground. Planning and training can address many of the problems faced
by those who work on them. Moreover,
you cannot compare the operations of a
department running multiple quints with a
department that only has one.
ROB FISHER is a 27-year veteran of the fire
service and is a lieutenant assigned to Ladder
72 in Snohomish County, Washington. Fisher
instructs at the Washington State Fire Academy
as a recruit instructor in addition to ladder
company-related courses. He has worked as
a volunteer, career firefighter, driver/operator,
lieutenant, training captain, and battalion chief. In
2008, Fisher received the Dana Hannon Award
2 Develop operational guidelines that outline the expectations of the quint on the
fireground for specific occupancies and order of arrival. Functioning as an engine at
single-story residences is reasonable. But, this is a more complicated issue when the
quint arrives first due to a large apartment building without another ladder arriving
within an acceptable timeframe.
3 Provide quality training for your personnel working
on the quint. Talking about it in the classroom is a good start, but it really needs to be
reinforced by multicompany operations with the other engines in the department.