A “Do-All” Vehicle

Issue 8 and Volume 12.

To give you a little background: The Silver Spring Community Fire Company services 33 square miles of Silver Spring Township including suburban residential properties, gated communities, high-density residential communities, large-span and mid-rise commercial properties, several miles of Interstate 81, Carlisle Pike, nonhydranted semirural and rural areas, several schools, and a high-population skilled nursing facility. It is in Cumberland County just outside of the Harrisburg area of Pennsylvania.

According to Deputy Chief Ben McDonald, “Not only do we serve our own community but we respond on automatic aid to Hampden Township and Middlesex Township. We handle around 700 to 800 runs per year.” This encompasses auto accidents with pins, hazmats, and structural fires.

Like most departments, personnel wanted a “do-all” vehicle. The vehicle being replaced was a 1999 International E-ONE the department had really outgrown.

“Our truck committee set out four years ago to design a new vehicle,” McDonald says. “We began the process with an E-ONE cad drawing of their newly designed eMAX pumper. Our fire company decided not to go to bid. We chose E-ONE because we had experience with them in the past with our other vehicles. We have that luxury since we are an independent fire company and actually own all of our equipment.”

Having had great experience dealing with E-ONE in the past, it was a no brainer for the department. “E-ONE is excellent to deal with, along with Fire Line Equipment, their local dealer,” McDonald adds.

Vehicle Specs

The eMAX design the committee started with was very in touch with what the department wanted to accomplish. “Our committee took the basic design, cab, and body and improved on it for our operations,” McDonald says. “We took the largest cab, an 80-foot ALS cab, and then extended the body. By extending the body, it gave us an added full-depth compartment on the officer’s side of the vehicle.” The committee also moved the pump panel back, which provided added space on the driver’s side. It was also decided to include four preconnects on the pumper.

The apparatus carries two 200-foot 1¾-inch crosslays, two 200-foot 2½-inch crosslays, one 300-foot 1¾-inch rear lay, a preconnected rear blitzfire line, and 400 feet of three-inch and 1,200 feet of five-inch hose. It carries a full complement of engine company tools as well as auto extrication tools.

The extended front bumper with rescue tools, large-diameter hose intake, and tools mounted. The vehicle also has twin brow lights.

The vehicle is set up as the Silver Spring Community Fire Company’s primary apparatus for vehicle and technical rescue calls. Squads combine the functionality of a structural firefighting pumper and a rescue truck. Squad 31 has been primarily set up to handle vehicle accidents and vehicle fires by carrying a full complement of hydraulic rescue tools, stabilization equipment, and a large quantity of Class B foam used on flammable liquid fires. Squads can also serve as a backup to a structural firefighting pumper and can also be used as support for regular fireground operations, much like a rescue.

“We have a hosebed cover that retracts into itself and lifts up as well with a diamond plate cover,” McDonald says. “Another great asset for us was adding a four-cylinder cascade system on the vehicle, which greatly enhances the ability to recharge our self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) bottles at the scene of an alarm. We didn’t have a system in our firehouse and had to rely on mutual-aid companies for replenishment of our cylinders.”

Working Hand In Hand

The committee made several trips down to the factory in Ocala, Florida. They had some minor issues with the build that were fixed promptly, and the engineers gave the committee a great deal of help as well. “E-ONE and Fire Line Equipment were receptive to all of our ideas during the design and overall build process,” McDonald says. “They provided us with a good quality piece of equipment as the result and great service after the sale.”

“Right now, we respond first due to auto accidents, tractor trailer accidents, and car fires,” McDonald says. “The response might change in the future.” It seems that the Silver Spring Community Fire Company put a great deal of thought into the design of this new squad. It had outgrown its previous vehicle and planned for the future on this new purchase. It took the apparatus manufacturer’s standard design and reengineered personnel’s own ideas into it. This gave them more compartmentation and enabled them to carry extra equipment and tools. By doing this, they made the vehicle more viable for their response area.

Like I always say, the thought process must be there first before you design a new vehicle for your department. Think outside the box, and make sure you plan for the future.

The rear of the vehicle with two tripod lights and two body-mounted floodlights. 

2016 E-ONE Cyclone Custom eMAX Rescue Pumper Specs

  • 1,500-gpm pump, 750-gallon poly tank, 10-gallon Class A foam tank, and 20-gallon Class B foam tank both with direct foam injection into the pump.
  • 15-kW generator with a four-head light tower.
  • Seats six with six SCBA.
  • Four bank cascade system with a two-bottle space saver fill station.
  • E-ONE HRT hydraulic system with preconnected 30-inch Amkus spreaders, an Amkus Heavy Duty O-Cutter off the front bumper, a 24-inch Amkus spreader, and an Amkus Speedway Cutter off the side. It carries an additional four hydraulic rams of varying sizes as well as an Amkus portable pump allowing for two tool connections.
  • Four Paratech struts with associated heads and extensions and assorted cribbing.
  • A floor jack, bottle jacks, sidewinder jacks, farm jacks, and a complement of air bags for lifting.
  • Assorted equipment for EMS, basic technical rescue, and basic hazmat incidents.

Silver Spring Community Fire Company Apparatus

  • Engine 31: 1993 E-ONE Cyclone pumper, 1,500 gpm/1,000 gallons water.
  • Tanker 31: 2005 E-ONE Typhoon tanker, 1,500 gpm/3,000 gallons water.
  • Squad 31: 2016 E-ONE eMAX rescue pumper, 1,500 gpm/750 gallons water, 20 gallons Class B foam, 10 gallons Class A foam.
  • Mini Pumper 31: 2001 Ford F 550/E-ONE, 400 gpm/300 gallons water, 20 gallons Class A foam.
  • Traffic 31: 2000 Ford F-550/E-ONE fire police truck.
  • Utility 31: 2014 Chevy Silverado 3500 BLS, AED, O2 forcible entry tools.