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Engine With Different Front Bumper Setup

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.


By John M. Malecky May, 2022


In Middlesex County, when the Port Reading Fire Company in Woodbridge Township designed their new E-ONE pumper they decided to modify the front bumper to address two important issues. They explain that they respond to a vast number of fires and emergencies on the highway, namely the New Jersey Turnpike. These calls are mainly for vehicle fires and accidents. They involve use of water and extrication tools. Their pumper is designed to store extrication tools on the top of the front bumper with access to 100-feet of 1 ¾-inch below. It seemed to be a unique idea when I photographed the vehicle and so the pumper and the front bumper setup are shown in the photos. Other photos this month include an Osage Warrior Type III ambulance from Port Reading’s EMS, a Type 1 Horton 457-1 ambulance and a Pierce Enforcer pumper from Linden in Union County, a Rosenbauer 75-foot quint from the Parkertown Fire Company in Little Egg Harbor (Ocean County) and last is their Spartan/Smeal pumper.

Before we get to dealer news, we want to confirm the move by the REV Group to shift production from the KME Nesquehoning, PA and Roanoke, VA plants to Holden, Louisiana, the headquarters of Ferrara Fire Apparatus (which is another REV manufacturer). The announcement of the move took place on April 1st while this column was being put together. We were told that 60 KME office workers will remain at the Pennsylvania location. The KME “800” phone number is also still active.

In dealer news, Firefighter One has received an order from the North Hudson Regional Fire Rescue (Hudson County) for a Ferrara LP 102-foot aerial on an Inferno chassis. Specs and features include an 11-foot three inch travel height, 225-inch wheelbase, 315-cubic-feet of compartment space and 177-feet of ground ladders. Paterson (Passaic County) has ordered five heavy duty pumpers on Cinder chassis. They all feature a Hale Qmax, 1500-GPM pump. Two will have an eight-inch raised roof cab and a 750-gallon water tank and the other three will have flat roofs and 500-gallon water tanks. Peapack - Gladstone (Somerset County) ordered an Igniter heavy rescue with an 18-foot extruded aluminum, non-walk-in body with 768-cubic-feet of compartment space. The cab features an additional large compartment in the extension allowing for access to equipment from either outside or inside the cab. Newton (Sussex County) ordered an HD77 quint on a Cinder chassis with a Waterous CSU 1500-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank. Deliveries include an Igniter pumper with 10-inch raised roof cab, 2000-GPM Waterous CMU pump, 750-gallon water and 30-gallon foam tanks to Jackson Township District 3 (Ocean County) and a Cinder pumper with Hale Qmax 1500-GPM pump and 500-gallon water tank and heavy duty extruded body and pump house with low crosslay height and full depth officer side compartments to Barrington (Camden County).

VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists has made the following Horton ambulance deliveries: a Model 553 stock remount on a Ford E-450 chassis to the Moorestown F.A & E S. (Burlington County), three Model 457’s on Ford F-450 chassis to the Monroe Township EMS (Middlesex County) and a Model 453 on a Ford f-450 chassis to the Peapack-Gladstone F.A. & R.S. (Somerset County).

Campbell Supply Co., LLC has delivered a Spartan ER Star pumper on Metro Star MFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab each to Millburn (Essex County) and Rahway (Union County). Specs on Millburn include a Cummins ISX, 500 hp diesel engine, Spartan Advance Protection System, Hale QTwo 1500-GPM pump, front intake and discharge, deck gun, two rear discharges, 500-gallon water/20-gallon and 40-gallon foam tanks, low hose bed design, SCBA stage in wheel wells, FRC and Whelen scene lighting, Smart Power 6 kw generator and one cord reel. The Rahway pumper has a Waterous 1500-GPM pump, 750-gallon water tank and a Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine. Orders include for Washington Township’s Grenloch FC (Gloucester County), a Spartan ER Star rescue pumper on a Gladiator LFD chassis with 10-inch raised roof cab. It will have a Hale 1500-GPM pump and 750-gallon water tank. Also for Marlboro Township Fire District 1 (Monmouth County) a Spartan ER Star tanker with a Kenworth T-880 chassis. Specs include a Hale Qmax 2000-GPM pump, 3500-gallon water and 50-gallon foam tanks, Foam Pro 2001 system, two hydraulic racks, RC electric TFT deck gun, side and rear dump valves with chutes and an FRC 360 HD camera. They also received two E.V.I. orders from the Middlesex County OEM. The first is a hazmat unit on a Freightliner M2 106 chassis with a Cummins L9, 350 hp diesel engine. Features and specs include a walk-in interior in the front of the body with a climate controlled work space and seating for two additional riders. It will have an Onan 15 kw generator, a cord reel, upper body storage and a speedy dry hopper. The second is a Medical Exam Unit on a Freightliner M2 chassis with a Cummins L9, 350 hp diesel engine. The unit has two complete examination rooms, with sink and running water, each room having a slide out. It will be climate controlled throughout, have a Big Foot stabilizing system, a wheelchair lift, medical freezers and refrigerator, a large awning and a lavatory. It will have a Power Tech #PTI-20SI, 20 kw T4F, Quiet Enclosed diesel generator.

The Green Bank FC in Washington Township (Burlington County) has received the last KME apparatus to be sold by First Priority Emergency Vehicles. Specs include an International HV 607 SBA (set back axle), 4-door, 6x4 chassis, Cummins L9, 450 hp diesel engine, Waterous CX 1500-GPM single stage pump, 3000-gallon water and 30-gallon foam tanks, Waterous Aquis 1.5 Class “A” foam system, 213-inch aluminum Eliminator body (tank extended forward over pump), rear swivel dump, provisions for a generator inside the left/rear compartment and high side compartments with provisions to store the folding tank inside.

Defender Emergency Products received an order from the Freewood Acres FC in Howell Township for a triple-axle pumper/tanker on a Peterbilt 389 chassis. It will have a Hale 3000-GPM pump, 4850-gallon water tank, speedlays, side and rear dump valves and a Rosenbauer FX 3/16 inch aluminum body.

Fire & Safety Services reports the following Pierce orders: for the Monmouth Junction FC in South Brunswick Township, a Velocity 100-foot Ascendant mid-mount tower; for the Old Bridge FC in East Brunswick Township an Enforcer pumper and for Monroe Township District 2 a stock Freightliner 3000-gallon tanker (all Middlesex County). For Union Township in Union County, an Enforcer PUC heavy rescue with non-walk-in body and for Montville District 2, Towaco FC (Morris County) a Velocity 100-foot Ascendant mid-mount tower. Pierce deliveries include to North Brunswick FC 3 (Middlesex County) a stock Arrow XT pumper (the unit is getting some third part modifications done prior to being placed into service); to West Caldwell (Essex County) an Enforcer pumper; to the Taunton FC in Medford Township (Burlington County) a Velocity dry side tanker; to East Hanover (Morris County) a Velocity heavy duty recue pumper and to the Scullville FC in Egg Harbor Township (Atlantic County) a Kenworth T-880 elliptical tanker.

Absolute Fire Protection has done an inspection of Oakland’s 100-foot rear-mount E-ONE platform (Bergen County). They have received an order from Dunellen for an HP 95 mid-mount quint platform, a Typhoon rescue with an aluminum walk-in body and an eMax rescue pumper similar to the one they have. The Colonia FC in Woodbridge Township ordered a Cyclone top mount pumper (all Middlesex County). Also, Wayne Township FC 3 (Passaic County) ordered a Cyclone top mount stainless steel pumper.

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