Fire-service leaders today do a good job convincing council of the importance of upgrading the apparatus fleet. Municipality underwriter’s insurance companies are helping to lead the way. They are steering department recommendations towards becoming essential repairs and replacements in the eyes of council.
Department needs across Canada can be as diverse as the country itself. As the nature of the service continues to change, and fire crews respond to more medical and rescue calls, municipalities are adding features to their apparatus that address community-specific needs.
All emergency services need some kind of vehicle to get the job done. But the job cannot be done if your vehicle doesn’t work when you need it. Proper vehicle maintenance is essential to ensure first responders can safely and efficiently get to calls.
The Saskatoon Fire Department received a custom pumper from Fort Garry Fire Trucks in May. The red and white truck is constructed on a Spartan Metro Star chassis with a 400-hp Cummins ISL9 engine and an Allison EVS 3000 transmission. The vehicle has an emergency rescue body with a TME electronic pump panel. It was a 1500 imperial gallon Waterous CSU pump and a 600 imperial gallon WP Co-poly tank. It comes complete with a Class A Foam Pro 2002 foam system.
The Nakusp Volunteer Fire Department in the BC Interior added a Fort Garry-built pumper tanker to its fleet on June 10. The red vehicle is built on a Freightliner M2 106 4x4 chassis. A 350-hp engine keeps the truck running, while an Allison 3000 EVS transmission allows for simple gear shifting. It has a Crusader body with side-control pump panels. It gets the job done with a Hale PTO MBP 1000 pump made of 5052 marine-grade aluminum and a 1700 imperial gallon Pro-Poly tank.
Comox Fire Rescue on Vancouver Island received a black and white pumper from Fort Garry Fire Trucks on June 11. The truck is constructed on a Freightliner M2 106 chassis and has an emergency rescue body. It runs on a 350-hp Cummins L9 engine and an Allison 3000 EVS transmission. The 2000 imperial gallon Hale QMAX pump, which is made of 5083 saltwater marine-grade aluminum, is controlled by side-control panels. The truck comes complete with Foam Pro 2001 foam.
The St. Catharines Fire Department in southern Ontario recently purchased a new pumper from Fort Garry Fire Trucks, which was delivered in October of last year. It has a Spartan Metro Star MFD 10” RR chassis and an emergency rescue pumper body. A powerful 400-hp Cummins ISL9 engine keeps the red and white truck running, while an Allison EVS 3000 transmission allows firefighters to shift gears. The pumper has side-control aluminum panels and a 1050 imperial gallon Waterous CS pump. The truck uses a Poly 600 imperial gallon tank and Foam Pro 2001 foam.
The fire department in the City of Summerside, P.E.I., welcomed a new Fort Garry pumper to its fleet on October 31, 2016. The truck is built on a Spartan Metro X MFD 10” RR chassis and has a Crusader Pumper body. It runs on a 380-hp Cummins ISL9 engine with an Allison EVS 3000 transmission. Side control pump panels power a 1250 US gallon Hale QFlo pump with a 960 US gallon tank made of Poly 800 IG. The red truck is made of 5052 Aluminum and is outfitted with Foam Pro 1600 foam.
The Conne River Fire Department in southern Newfoundland received a delivery of a new Fort Garry- built pumper on May 28. The red vehicle is constructed on an International 7400 chassis with a Cummins ISL 9 300-hp engine and Allison 3000 EVS transmission. It has side-control MXV pump panels, which control a 1000 imperial gallon Darley PSP1250 pump made of Pro-Poly. The truck is made of 5083 saltwater marine-grade aluminum and comes complete with Foam Pro 1600 foam.
The Opaskwayak Cree Nation volunteer fire department in western Manitoba welcomes a new pumper tanker to its fleet in late March. The red and white truck from Fort Garry Fire Trucks was built on a Freightliner 108SD two-door chassis and has a four-man crown full-framed fire tanker body. It is powered by a 380-hp Cummins ISL engine and Allison 3000 EVS transmission. The 2500 imperial gallon Co-Poly Darley LDM 1250 pump has an enclosed top control panel. The truck has a Foam Pro 2001 A&B System with two 25 imperial gallon foam cells. There a number of custom elements to make the truck unique, including an electric fold-down ladder rack, four heaters, a heat pan, air conditioning in the crew area, four SCBA seats in the crew enclosure, low speedlay discharges, an electric rewind hose reel, and a Deckmaster electric monitor located above the Pumphouse.
The Miminegash Fire Department on Prince Edward Island added a Fort Garry-built fire pumper to its fleet in July. The red truck was built on a full frame International 7400 chassis and is made of 5083 saltwater marine-grade aluminum. It features a 300-hp Cummins ISL9 engine and Allison EVS 3000 transmission. The pumper has cross-control panels that employ a Pro-Poly 1500 imperial gallon Hale DSD 1250 pump. It comes complete with Foam Pro 1600 foam.
The Beaumont Fire Department in the Edmonton Capital Region was delivered a new Spartan Metro-Star pumper on May 3. The white truck, built by Fort Garry Fire Trucks, has an emergency rescue body type with a 380-hp Cummins ISL9 engine and Allison EVS 3000 transmission. It is constructed of 5083 saltwater marine-grade aluminum. It has side control panels, a 600 imperial gallon Hale DSD 1250 pump made of Pro-Poly. It has custom features added, which include a power ladder rack, power hosebed covers and a Setcom six-person headset system.
The Acadia Valley Fire Department, a southeastern Alberta hamlet located near the Saskatchewan border, added a new tanker to its fleet on May 10. The department received a Crusader Tanker built on a Freightliner M2 chassis from Fort Garry Fire Trucks. The truck has a 450-hp Cummins ISL engine and Allison 3000 EVS transmission, and is constructed of 5052 marine-grade aluminum. The Pro-Poly Hale Sidekick 750 pump has side control panels and a capacity of 3000 imperial gallons.
The Gliechen Fire Department in southeast Alberta was the recipient of a Fort Garry Fire Trucks-built Crusader Tanker in early April. The tanker is a 2017 M2-106 Freightliner model made with 5052 marine-grade aluminum. It has a regular two-door cab and runs on a 350-hp Cummins ISL engine. The truck comes complete with a Hale Sidekick pump, which has a 2000 imperial gallon Copoly Tank, and an Allison 3000 EVS transmission.
Corrosion. Wait, don’t turn the page. This column is not about the rust and corrosion that I have written about in past columns: you know, the stuff that attaches to every square inch of fire trucks. This column is about the rust and corrosion that is so obvious it tends to get overlooked.
Ask seasoned salespeople what fire departments want in their new pumpers, tankers, aerials and rescues and you’ll get as many different responses as there are options for side compartments.
Cypress County Emergency Services in Alberta, under Fire Chief Dennis Mann, took delivery of a Fort Garry Fire Trucks-wildland pumper in July. The unit is built on an International 7400 4x4 chassis and powered by a 350-hp Maxxforce 10 engine and an Allison 3500 EVS transmission. The unit features a Foam Pro 2002 foam type and a Waterous CXVK (1000GPM) and CPK-3(high pressure) pump. It also boasts a left side pumphouse compartment with slide out tray and slide out toolboard for longer equipment. I also has a Zico overhead ladder rack, and all LED lighting.
Clarington Emergency and Fire Services in Ontario, under Deputy Fire Chief Bill Hesson, took delivery of a Fort Garry Fire Trucks Emergency Rescue pumper in August. The unit is built on a Spartan Gladiator chassis and powered by a 450-hp Cummins ISX12 engine and an Allison 4000 EVS transmission. It features a 1250 Hale DSD pump and a Foam Pro 1600 Class A.
Biggar Rural District Fire Association in Saskatchewan, under Fire Chief Gerry Besse, took delivery of a Fort Garry Trucks pumper in October. The unit is built on a Freightliner M2 – 106 chassis and powered by a 350-hp Cummins ISL engine and an Allison EVS 3000 transmission. It features a 1250 Darley PSP pump, a 1000 I.G. Pro-Poly water tank, and a Waterous Advantus 3E class A/pick up tube for Class B Foam type.
Luduc County in Alberta, under Fire Chief Darrell Fleming, took delivery in March of a Fort Garry Trucks pumper. The unit is built on a Spartan Metro Star chassis and powered by a 380-hp Cummins ISL and an Allison EVS 3000 transmission. It features a Darley PSP 1250 USG pump, an Elkhart Cobra EXM Monitor, a Federal Signal Emergency light package and side and rear control panels.
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