By Alan M. Petrillo
The Storm Lake (IA) Fire Department, a combination agency with a paid full time chief, one paid full time firefighter, and 31 volunteer firefighters, was considering the need to replace two older fire apparatus. The first was a 1981 General 1,250-gpm pumper and the other a 1986 mini pumper. The department drew up specifications for what its needs were to replace the two vehicles and sent the specs out to bid. It received two responses and awarded the bid for both rigs to Toyne.
“We wanted a pumper-tanker with high storage on both sides, a hydraulic ladder rack, and a hydraulic portable water tank rack,” says Storm Lake’s chief Mike Jones. “We also wanted pump-and-roll capabilities on the pumper-tanker because we get a lot of ditch fires. On the new quick-attack truck, we wanted high compartments on both sides, coffin compartments on top for rakes and shovels, and a slide-in pump in the rear of the truck.”
Dale Derner, Toyne’s Midwest regional manager, says Toyne satisfied all of Storm Lake’s requirements and made some suggestions for greater efficiency on the vehicles as well as enhanced equipment. “On the custom pumper-tanker, we built a hydraulic rack to hold a portable water tank and the ladders on a single rack on the curb side of the vehicle,” Derner points out. “The rack holds a 35-foot three-section extension ladder and 14-foot and 10-foot roof ladders and a 2,100-gallon portable water tank.”
The pumper-tanker is built on a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis and cab with a 10-inch raised roof with seating for six firefighters and is powered by a Cummins 450-hp ISL9 engine and an Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission. Front axle is 22,800 pounds, rear axle is 31,000 pounds, wheelbase is 224 inches, overall length is 36 feet 4 inches, and overall height is 11 feet 9 inches.
Derner notes that the rig has a Waterous CSPA 1,250-gpm PTO pump that has pump-and-roll capability, a 1,500 gallon UPF water tank, a 25-gallon foam tank, a FoamPro 2002 Class A foam system, and an FRC PumpBoss pressure governor. It also has two speedlays holding 200 feet of 1¾-inch hose in removable trays at the pump panel, a booster reel with 150 feet of one-inch hose in the front bumper, a Task Force Tips XFT-NJ monitor deck gun with 18-inch Extend-A-Gun extension, two 2½-inch discharges on each side of the pump panel, and two 2½-inch preconnected lines in the hosebed.
The pumper-tanker also sports a Harrison MPC 15-kW hydraulic generator, a Command Light CL615 light tower with six 1,500-watt light heads, a pair of FRC LED tripod lights., a Whelen LED emergency light package, Whelen LED 900 series scene lights, and a Whelen LED brow light.
Jones notes that the quick-attack is built on a Dodge 5500 4×4 four-door chassis and cab with seating for four firefighters and is powered by a 6.7 liter Cummins turbo diesel engine, and an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. He says the vehicle has a Waterous PB3030 slide-in pump at the rear powered by a Kubota 23-hp engine, a 250 gallon water tank, an 8-gallon foam tank, and a FoamPro 1601 Class A foam system.
“We have a detachable Ramsay winch at the front bumper, a grille guard, and an Akron Brass 3462 forestry bumper monitor with joystick control from the cab,” Jones points out. “We got our high side compartments on both sides, coffin compartments on top for our rakes and shovels, Whelen 600 series LED scene lights, Whelen LED emergency warning lights, and a Go LED light on the cab roof.”
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.