The apparatus committee at the Walker Township (PA) Fire Company was investigating the possibility of replacing two engines, a 2008 unit and a 1991 fire apparatus, with newer, used pumpers but was having difficulty finding the right rigs for their budget. Then the committee got an email from a Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus salesperson, directing them toward a pair of pumpers being sold by another Pennsylvania fire department, so the committee chairman got to work online investigating the engines.
Ryan Hockenberry, Walker Township’s assistant chief and chair of the apparatus committee, says after he got the details on the two pumpers being sold by the Eddington (PA) Fire Company, he had Brindlee Mountain’s salesperson, Jeremy McCoy, reach out to the fire company to set up an onsite visit to inspect the pumpers. “We went to Bucks County to look at the pumper, and liked their selling points, which were two identical engines with 1,500-gpm pumps, 750-gallon water tanks, and rescue bodies,” Hockenberry says.
McCoy points out that a Brindlee Mountain customer in Michigan was in the market for used pumpers and had looked at the two Eddington engines but determined they weren’t right for it. “So, we had a lot of details on the two vehicles, 2013 and 2010 KME rescue-pumpers, and thought they would be a good fit for Walker Township,” McCoy says. “In the end, we brokered the sale of the two pumpers directly from Eddington to Walker Township.”
Each engine is built on a KME Predator chassis and cab with seating for six firefighters (five in SCBA seats), powered by a 425-hp Cummins ISL9 engine and Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission, and carrying a Hale 1,500-gpm side-mount, two-stage pump, an FRC InControl pressure governor, and a 750-gallon polypropylene water tank. Wheelbase on each engine is 197 inches, overall length is 31 feet 4 inches, overall height is 9 feet 8 inches, and gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 52,480 pounds.
McCoy points out that the identical rigs have a tray in the front bumper for an 1¾-inch hoseline, two 1¾-inch crosslays, a booster reel with one-inch hose, two 2½-inch driver’s side discharges, one 2½-inch and one 5-inch officer’s side discharge, one 2½-inch and two 3-inch discharges at the rear, one 6-inch and one 2½-inch suction on the driver’s side, one 5-inch front suction, and one 6-inch and one 2½-inch suction on the officer’s side.
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He adds that the pumpers carry Harrison 10-kW hydraulic generator, two telescoping scene lights, an arrow stick traffic advisor, two electric reels with each holding 200 feet of electric cable, automatic tire chains, and a Federal Q siren.
Hockenberry notes that his fire company covers a population of 4,600 in approximately 60 square miles, half of which is rural with no fire hydrants. “We have 36 active volunteer firefighters running out of two stations,” he says, “with an engine, rescue truck, tanker, and brush truck in our main station and an engine, utility unit, and county wildland engine in our substation. Finding two engines that are identical was very helpful to us with two fire stations, so there is continuity for the operators no matter which engine they are operating.”
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.