Gibsons & District (BC) Volunteer Fire Department E-ONE HP 78 Quint
The Gibsons & District (BC) Volunteer Fire Department was in the market for a new quint to replace a 1992 Mack 55-footer with a 1,500-gpm pump and a 300-gallon water tank. The department was looking to increase the ladder length on its new rig, keep it on a single rear axle, and wanted a number of other features like an aluminum ladder and a strong safety rating. Gibsons & District found what it wanted in an E-ONE HP 78 aerial quint.
Bruce McClymont, captain at Gibsons & District, says the department’s fire coverage area has had several six-plus-story buildings go up recently, and it also protects a large recreational center with an ice rink, one high school, three elementary schools, and a large underground parking garage with a commercial center on top of it. “The primary function of our aerial is to get a water stream up high in order to penetrate a fire,” McClymont says. “We talked with several aerial manufacturers and came up with specs that went to bid, which E-ONE won. We especially liked their aerial’s 2.5:1 safety factor, the aluminum ladder, and the single rear axle. That’s good because our volunteers only need a Class 5 license with an air endorsement to operate our vehicles instead of a commercial license.”
Gibsons & District’s other apparatus are a pumper with a 1,500-gpm pump and 800-gallon water tank, a pumper-tanker with a 1,750-gpm pump and 1,200-gallon water tank, a Ford F-550 initial response CAFS pumper with a Odin 120-gpm pump at 120-cfm, and a rescue truck.
Joe Hedges, product manager for chassis and aerials at E-ONE, says the single-rear-axle HP 78 “is a very proven design, a workhorse of a truck, well equipped, with a 750-pound tip load, and a prepiped waterway rated at 1,000 gpm.” Hedges notes that the HP 78 quint for Gibsons & District has a Hale Qmax 1,750-gpm single-stage pump, a 500-gallon water tank, a 30-gallon integral Class A foam cell, a Hale 2.1A FoamLogix foam system, and a Class 1 TPG pressure governor.
Ian Manley, director of apparatus services for Associated Fire Services, who sold the quint to Gibsons & District, says that the department told him they were impressed by the E-ONE aerial’s 2.5:1 safety factor as well as its aluminum construction. “An aluminum ladder is very low-maintenance because it won’t rust like a steel ladder will,” Manley points out, “and it doesn’t need rung covers like steel does.” Manley notes that the aerial quint carries a 1,000-gpm Elkhart Brass Cobra wireless remote monitor at the tip as well as a Task Force Tips valve under monitor (VUM) with a 2½-inch discharge that will allow the department to hook a 2½-inch hose for operations on a roof or through a building’s window.
McClymont notes that the department also wanted an unusual arrangement in the vehicle’s hosebed. “We wanted to carry 800 feet of four-inch LDH and 800 feet of 2½-inch hose, which E-ONE was able to do for us in a SideStacker hose bed,” he says.
The quint is powered by a 450-hp Cummins ISL9 diesel engine and an Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission, with a 19,840-pound Meritor front axle and 33,000-pound Meritor rear axle. The vehicle’s wheelbase is 220 inches, overall length is 37 feet 2 inches, and overall height is 11 feet 8 inches; the rig is built on a Typhoon medium cab with seating for six firefighters.
Hedges points out that the quint has two 1¾-inch crosslays, a 2½-inch crosslay, and a front bumper discharge. “It has 89 feet of ground ladders, a Federal Signal Navigator NVG25 model light bar, Federal Signal Quadra-Flare LED lower level warning lights, two FRC Spectra 12-volt LED scene lights on telescopic poles behind the cab, two Federal Signal VSLR1 LED rotating beacons at the rear, a Federal Viper EXT LED directional bar at the rear, and a Whelen electronic siren.
McClymont observes that “all the people at both Associated and E-ONE were incredibly helpful during the process of getting this truck built. It’s easy to see the pride in workmanship, and in the fine product they are making.”
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.