The Lebanon (IN) Fire Department had a problem it needed to solve relating to a new pumper due from a manufacturer that was going to be delivered later than anticipated. Because the department’s new rescue-pumper was delayed in coming off the production line, E-ONE, which was building the rig, stepped in and, with the efforts of its dealer, offered a workable solution.
Jim Castellano, vice president of sales for Fire Service Inc., says Lebanon had purchased an E-ONE rescue-pumper a couple of years ago and was having a second one built that experienced a delay in delivery. But, Lebanon Fire Department needed a rig right away that could be used by a new crew of firefighters in the department.
“Lebanon’s chief was planning on purchasing a new aerial apparatus from E-ONE in 2018,” Castellano says, “so the chief, along with the responsible people in the city, changed their priorities and got the ladder truck immediately and agreed to wait the extra time for the delivery of the rescue-pumper. Part of the enticement for purchasing the ladder right away was the fact that E-ONE offered a deferred payment on it for two years.”
Joe Hedges, E-ONE‘s product manager for chassis and aerials, says that E-ONE had a demo unit available, a Metro 100 quint that satisfied the requirements of the Lebanon Fire Department for its aerial. “The Metro 100 quint relies on a narrow 11-foot jack spread using four criss-cross jacks,” Hedges points out, “allowing it to set up in tight spaces and still maintain stability, even with a single rear axle.”
Lebanon’s Metro 100 quint has a 235-inch wheelbase with an integral torque box frame, an 11-foot 7-inch travel height, and 39-foot 1-inch overall length. It’s built on an E-ONE Cyclone ® 58-inch extruded aluminum cab with split raised roof and a severe duty interior with seating for four firefighters. The rig is powered by a Cummins ISL 450-horsepower (hp) engine with a Jacobs® compression brake and an Allison 3000P EVS automatic transmission.
Hedges points out that the aerial has a Dana ® 24,000-pound front axle, a Dana 35,000-pound rear axle with Link Atlas air ride suspension, Dana disc front and Bendix S-cam rear brakes with ABS and G4™ electronic stability control, and a 360-amp Niehoff alternator.
The quint carries a 100-foot aerial with a 2.5:1 structural safety factor of welded aluminum construction, criss-cross under-slung outriggers with an 11-foot jack spread, an advanced aerial control system, a 500-pound dry/250-pound wet plus 50 pounds of equipment tip load, an Akron Brass StreamMaster II monitor on the waterway at 80 feet, Whelen Vertex LED warning lights, Whelen Pioneer PFP1 LED lights at the tip and PFB12C LEDs at the base, and Amdor Luma-Bar Pathfinder LED ladder climbing lights.
The rig has a Hale DSD 1,500-gpm pump, Akron Brass valves with stainless steel manifolds and piping, and triple crosslays with storage pans.
Lighting and electrical includes a Weldon V-MUX® multiplex electrical system with a Vista IV display and Voyager backup camera, a vehicle data recorder with CrewGuard™ occupant detection, Whelen Mini-Freedom® IV LED light bars, Whelen upper rear warning lights and 600/500 series LED lower level warning lights, a Federal Signal Q2B mechanical siren, a Whelen 295SLSA1 siren, two Federal Signal speakers, Amdor compartment lights, four Whelen Pioneer 12-volt LED brow lights, two Whelen 110-portable LED lights, a Harrison 8-kW LPG hydraulic generator, and an electric cord reel with 150 feet of 10/3 cable.
Castellano points out that when the quint was delivered, it was a different shade of red than the E-ONE rescue-pumper delivered the year before. “They put in a change order on the pumper on the line to match the quint and plan on repainting the first E-ONE rescue-pumper they received the same shade of red,” he says.
ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based journalist, the author of three novels and five nonfiction books, and 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.