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    I am doing some research for a new rescue engine (squad, pumper rescue,etc). I am looking for any fairly recent deliveries ('09 or newer) where the rig has both a 1000 gallon water tank, full heights compartments at least on one side & a low-style hose bed. I appreciate any help here.

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    1000 gallon tank AND a low-style hose bed? That's a tough one. Single rear axle or a tandem? There are several new rescue engines or squads around here, both single rear axles and tandems, with tank sizes up to 1000 gallons but none have what I would consider to be anything close to a low hose bed.

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    • #3
      Another key thing you must let us know is HOW MUCH rescue equipment do you intend to carry on this truck? This can vary greatly on a "typical" rescue engine/squad. Also, how much engine equipment (e.g., amount/size of supply line, how many preconnects, how many and size of ground ladders, etc.). This info is key in trying to figure out how you can get it all on a chassis with a 1000 gallon booster tank and try to configure it with a low hose bed it possible.

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      • #4
        You won't get a low hosebed, but otherwise, here you go.

        http://www.buddlakefire.org/apparatus

        Look at "Squad 56"
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        • #5
          One option to consider would be an L shaped tank. It will get you a lower hosebed, but you will sacrifice some depth.
          Just a guy...

          Lieutenant - Woodbury, MN FD (Retired)
          Road Captain - Red Knights MC, MN4

          Disclaimer: The facts and opinions expressed above are mine, and mine alone, and are not intended to represent the views of any company I have ever worked for, past or present.

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          • #6
            Can't do 2009, but how about 2005 with fulol height full depth compartments? 2000 gpm pump 1000 gallons of water? If interested let me know and I will send you pics.
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            • #7
              Thank you all so far. Perhaps I need to elaborate. The primary function here is engine company duties. We already have a light rescue/mini pumper that is primary for vehicle rescues & related incidents. This pumper will respond secondary to rescues, mvc's, etc. Currently we are carrying 1500' 5" LDH, about 400' 3" & 400' 1 3/4" (in the bed). This works for our needs. I am a little familiar with the "L" or "T" tank idea & feel that is probably the only way to accomplish our requirements.

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              • #8
                Thank you Chief.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by FyredUp View Post
                  Can't do 2009, but how about 2005 with fulol height full depth compartments? 2000 gpm pump 1000 gallons of water? If interested let me know and I will send you pics.
                  Absolutely, I welcome all ideas.

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                  • #10
                    (One option to consider would be an L shaped tank. It will get you a lower hosebed, but you will sacrifice some depth. )

                    The hose bed floor can be low, but the overall finished hose load will still be high.

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                    • #11
                      we got an 09 KME only 500 gal tank full heigth and depth both sides...want pics let me know. Our hose bed is NOT low.
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                      • #12
                        We looked for a similar package in our 2009 Rescue Pumper and found that we couldn't get a 750 gwt with a low hosebed and keep the truck short in length. The real skinny here is that, yes, you can get a fairly low hosebed, without the hose in it. Once you load most L-shaped tanks-hosebeds the top of the hose is too high to reach from the ground. We found that we really wanted to protect our personnel by having a low hosebed, but the real danger was in the deployment phase, not in the re-pack phase where we had no excuse not to take the time to do it safely. Having personnel climb onto the rear bumper in the winter to pull loads creates far more potential than repacking the ose in the station. In the end we went with a higher bed and mounted the nozzles and eds low for deployment from the ground.

                        If you have to have both a large tank and a low hosebed/hose height you can always go longer!

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                        • #13
                          Chief,

                          If you look at 59-2, it has a 950 gal tank, with fairly safe and convenient cross lay set up, however I'm not sure how the rear hose bed is configured, but it might be worth a look.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Squad50FF View Post
                            Chief,

                            If you look at 59-2, it has a 950 gal tank, with fairly safe and convenient cross lay set up, however I'm not sure how the rear hose bed is configured, but it might be worth a look.
                            Not sure if you are referring to the link I posted... but.

                            It's a lower hosebed then 56, but those aren't full depth compartments.
                            I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

                            "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

                            "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

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                            • #15
                              gwp026,

                              Here are a couple of pictures of our 2005 HME Ahrens Fox Rescue Engine, I will e-mail you the rest. It has a 2000 gpm pump, 1020 gallons of water, 20 gallon Class A foam tank with a Hale Foam Logix system, 10kW generator and 4-1500 watt extendable lights and a 1500 watt eyebrow light. All the lighting is LED, except the headlights, and the siren is an e-Q2B. There are 5 SCBA seats, an interior EMS/junk cabinet, and what fire truck is complete without A/C and an AM/FM/WEATHER BAND/CD 4 speaker radio!!

                              What I would do different with 20/20 hindsight.

                              1) For using the hydraulic extrication hose reels I would have had either an electric or pto pump installed. Electric would probably be far cheaper and easier to plumb. Why? Ease of operation, speed of getting a tool into operation, less maintenance for the frontline tool.

                              2) I would place the reel above the side compartments in a small coffin style compartment to get them out of the compartment to open up that space for tool storage. If the pump was electric I would mount that up there too.

                              3) I would look at mounting more tools where they are more accessible instead of in compartments. While being in a compartment keeps the tools cleaner it makes them slower to get to and slows down firefighters going to work. I believe axes and the Irons should be mounted near the riding positions and with the new straps and brackets this can be done safely.

                              4) Remote control deck gun. Yes they can be pricey, but I bet far less than the cost of a firefighter falling off the top of the truck.

                              5) I would not waste an entire compartment on SCBA spare bottles. There are far more creative ways to do that.

                              All in all it is a good rig with plenty of storage space.
                              Last edited by FyredUp; 09-19-2010, 10:03 PM.
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