trucks. Manufacturers have to put more
equipment on the trucks for departments
but still have enough room to get the truck
into the firehouse.”
Gilliland points out that when building
a truck that has a shorter overall length,
On the tip of the ladder, Smeal
built a special holster to hold a
thermal imaging unit. “A fire-
fighter can hook it up, strap the
unit in, and then extend the lad-
der and swivel it around so he
can scan the area using infra-
red imaging,” Gilliland notes.
“That’s the first time we installed
a holster like that.” Also at the
tip of the Katonah ladder are a
Task Force Tips Monsoon 1,250-
gpm monitor and nozzle, three
lights, and a 2½-inch discharge.
Peck points out that the aerial’s
waterway automatically stows.
“You can’t bed the aerial unless the monitor is brought back to the neutral position,”
Pappas notes that Katonah rolls the
quint as a truck company knowing that it
can function as an engine company as well.
“The single axle, low height, and shorter
length mean it’s very maneuverable on some
Pappas says. “This quint takes our depart-
ment to a new level of protection that we
didn’t have before because this is our first
aerial. And for the future, we’re looking at
a short-wheelbase pumper with all-wheel-
Gilliland says that as a custom builder
Smeal does whatever is necessary to make
the customer happy. “Innovation begins by
listening to the fire department,” he says.
“We don’t tell them what they need, we lis-
ten to what they want. We use their ideas to
keep us on the leading edge.”
ALAN M. PE TRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based journalist and is a member of the Fire
Apparatus & Emergency Equipment editorial advisory
board. He served 22 years with the Verdoy (NY) Fire
Department, including in the position of chief.
Katonah (NY) Fire Department
STRENGTH: 75 volunteer firefighters, one station.
SERVICE AREA: Provides fire protection and rescue services to the
1,679 residents in the 14.2-square-mile hamlet of Katonah in the
town of Bedford, Westchester County, New York. The fire district is
mostly residential with a small commercial area; a mix of schools,
apartments, and other commercial buildings; and an asphalt factory.
OTHER APPARATUS: 2010 Smeal pumper, 2,000-gpm pump, 1,000-gallon
water tank, 20-gallon foam tank; 1993 Pierce pumper, 1,250-gpm
pump, 750-gallon water tank; 1989 Pierce pumper, 1,250-gpm
pump, 750-gallon water tank; 2005 Pierce tanker, 1,250-gpm pump,
3,000-gallon water tank; 1999 Pierce heavy rescue; 1984 Pierce mini
attack pumper, 500-gpm pump, 250-gallon water tank; Ford F-350HD
utility vehicle; two 2013 and one 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe chief vehicles.
4 An electric cord reel is built into the rear of
Katonah’s quint, filling the space behind an access
step. The cord reel, covered by a small door, deploys
straight out the rear of the vehicle.