E-ONE Typhoon Rescue-Pumper
The Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue Department is taking delivery of six E-ONE clean cab concept rescue-pumpers designed to prevent particulates on contaminated turnout gear and SCBA from contaminating the interior of the cabs.
Ron Wilson, sales representative for REV RTC (Regional Technical Center), says that E-ONE worked with Miami-Dade on the clean cab concept of getting the firefighters’ SCBA out of the cab and storing them in compartments, as well as providing sealed compartment spaces for contaminated PPE. “Clean turnout gear starts out in the cab,” Wilson observes, “but if it is exposed to contaminants at a fire, it won’t go back into the cab until it’s been cleaned and decontaminated.”
Joe Hedges, product manager for chassis and aerials at E-ONE, says by using E-ONE’s new 74-inch long cab, E-ONE was able to build a fully transverse compartment at the back of the cab to accommodate the SCBA. “We maximized the use of the transverse space by having two pull-out tool boards—30 inches long on the driver’s side and 60 inches long on the officer’s side—each with a bottom tray,” Hedges says. The 60-inch tool board holds three SCBA and one SCUBA dive tank, adds Wilson, while the 30-inch tool board holds one SCBA and one SCUBA dive tank.
Hedges says that in place of rear-facing seats, E-ONE installed sealed cabinets accessible only from the exterior of the vehicle where firefighters could store contaminated turnout gear before returning to the station. Crew cab seating includes two USSC Valor Tech XD seats inboard and two flip-down seats outboard along the back wall. Overhead cabinetry runs along the top of the back wall of the cab.
The Valor Tech XD seats use a CORDURA® material that’s treated with an antimicrobial finish, says Wilson. He notes if a particulate or pathogen gets onto the seat, the cover can be zipped off so it can be decontaminated, while a replacement Tech XD seat cover is fitted.
Each of the six Miami-Dade rescue-pumpers is built on a Typhoon chassis and cab, is powered by a 450-hp Cummins ISL9 engine and an Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission, and has a Meritor FL941 front axle with a 19,840-pound capacity and a Meritor RS-25-160 single rear axle with a 27,000-pound capacity. Each rig has a 1,500-gpm Hale Qmax single-stage side-mount pump, a 750-gallon R-style water tank, a 30-gallon integral foam tank, a Hypro/FoamPro 1600 foam system, and an FRC InControl TGA400 pressure governor.
Each rescue-pumper has a 24-inch extended front bumper that holds a six-inch front suction, a 2½-inch discharge, and half-moon trays for 1¾-inch hose and 5-inch LDH. The pumpers also have two 1¾-inch crosslays, and a Task Force Tips 18-inch Extend-A-Gun manual monitor. Lighting includes a Federal Signal Split Vision VSLR6 light bar, HiViz LED brow lights, and a Federal Signal QuadraFlare LED lower level warning light package with clear lenses.
All compartments are fitted with Slidemaster roll-out and tilt-down shelving. The ladders are carried in a Zico LAS-XT electric drop-down ladder rack, and hard suction is recessed on the driver’s side upper body. The hosebed has a two-piece hinged diamond plate cover.
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.