Sutphen Corporation has delivered an SL 75 aerial ladder quint to the Cicero Fire Department, making the rig the second Sutphen aerial in the department’s fleet.
Philip Vander Molen, owner and president of Vander Molen Fire Apparatus Sales and Service, whose company sold the quint to Cicero, says the department bought a Sutphen SP 100 aerial ladder platform quint from Vander Molen Fire in 2006, and that the platform quint is still in service with Cicero.
“They were so pleased with the workmanship and quality of the platform, as well as our service on the vehicle, that they came back to us and Sutphen for the aerial ladder quint,” Vander Molen says.
Nick Catalino, the Vander Molen Fire salesman who sold the aerial ladder quint to Cicero, notes that “Cicero decided it needed another aerial in its fleet, but a rig that was a little smaller to give it some operational options on the fire ground. The smaller size, and the fact that it’s a straight stick, makes the vehicle easier to drive and operate when compared to an aerial platform.”
The SL 75 that Sutphen built for Cicero is on a Monarch heavy-duty custom chassis with a 73-inch-long, four-door extended cab and a 10-inch raised roof with seating for five firefighters. The chassis has 10-inch double Domex frame rails, a 23,000-pound front axle and suspension, and a 31,000-pound rear axle and suspension. Wheelbase on the aerial ladder quint is 232 inches, overall length is 42 feet 9 inches, and overall height is 10 feet and one-half inch.
The rig is powered by a 450-horsepower (hp) Cummins L9 diesel engine, and an Allison 3000 EVS Gen 5 automatic transmission, with a Leece Neville 320-amp alternator. It has more than 192 cubic feet of compartment space, Amdor roll-up compartment doors, and a 24-inch formed steel channel bumper extension with a full-width covered compartment featuring adjustable dividers inside.
Catalino points out that the aerial ladder quint has a Hale Products QMax 2,000-gallon-per-minute (gpm) single-stage pump, a 500-gallon water tank, a 25-gallon foam tank, and a FoamPro 2002 5.0-gpm foam proportioning system. The quint has two 2-1/2-inch cross lays and two 1-3/4-inch cross lays, two 2-1/2-inch discharges on the left side, one 2-1/2-inch and one 3-inch discharge on the right side, and an 1-3/4-inch discharge in the front bumper. A Task Force Tips Typhoon 1,500-gpm electric monitor is at the tip of the 75-foot aerial ladder.
He notes that the quint carries a complement of Duo-Safety ground ladders in a ladder tunnel, including a 28-foot, two-section extension ladder, a 24-foot, two-section extension ladder, two 16-foot roof ladders, one 14-foot roof ladder, and one 10-foot folding ladder.
The SL 75 quint also has a Federal Signal Q2B grill-mounted siren, a FRC InView True View camera system, a FRC ACT two-station intercom system, a 10-kilowatt Harrison generator, a Hannay cord reel with 150-feet of electric cord, a Whelen Freedom 4 LED light bar, Whelen LED emergency lights, Whelen M9 LED scene lights, and FRC Spectra LED scene lights.
ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Ariz.-based journalist, the author of three novels and five non-fiction books, and a member of the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment editorial advisory board. He served 22 years with Verdoy (NY) Fire Department, including the position of chief.