Apparatus Technology: Vehicle Operation And Apparatus

Apparatus Technology


New apparatus technology and new apparatus were not scarce at Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International 2016. All of the manufacturers had plenty to unveil for 2016. If you had a chance to attend, then you will know what I mean. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, I will highlight some of the apparatus and related products.


The Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District of Breckenridge, Colorado, will receive delivery on its all-new eMAX™ Cyclone II pumper, made by E-ONE. E-ONE’s newest eMAX™ pairs a 550-hp Cummins ISX15 engine, an Allison EVS4000P transmission, a Dana Spicer 27,000-pound rear axle with a power divider, and a Meritor 22,800-pound front-drive axle. With all of this unbridled power, the 30-foot-long eMAX™ has no trouble toting a 780-gallon UPF Poly III tank and providing up to a 1,500-gpm flow from the split-shaft midship pump.

E-ONE also showcased its HPS 100 steel platform. This steel platform boasts the same 2.5:1 structural safety factor as other E-ONE aerials. The HPS 100 platform meets the demand of steel-preferring departments with its 100-foot vertical reach and 1,305-pound platform capacity. The HPS 100 platform features innovative technologies to keep crews safe while the crisscross, under-slung outriggers deploy to a tight 15-foot, six-inch spread in less than 45 seconds, allowing it to go where other aerials can’t in industry-leading record time.

E-ONE showcased its latest Advanced Aerial Control System (AACS). Featured on a CR 100 Cyclone II aerial truck, the AACS will be available on all E-ONE aerial and platform products in basic and deluxe versions. It features electric/hydraulic controls for smooth operation, including control from the aerial’s tip and pump panel. Meanwhile, E-ONE’s Deluxe AACS features a full-color aerial information system display, wireless aerial and outrigger controls, body protection and cradle assist, as well as a feature that allows the operator to select from one of three ramp settings (¼, ½, and ¾ seconds), plus many other upgrades.


Sutphen was likely the only manufacturer to showcase a totally new apparatus this year, which is a change from its lineup of midmount aerials. It is now offering its first ever rearmount aerial ladder. The SLR 75 is the first in a new line of rearmounts that will be introduced in the near future.

Specs for the SLR 75 include a Sutphen 62-inch extended cab with a flat roof; a 206-inch wheelbase; an 11-foot, nine-inch travel height; a 38-foot, three-inch travel length; a four-door, six-person cab; a stainless steel body; and a 24-inch bumper. Powered by a 400-hp Cummins ISL 9 engine with an Allison Gen 5 EVS3000 automatic transmission, additional features include a Hale Qmax 1,500-gpm pump; a 300-gallon tank; 222 cubic feet of compartment space; a Seon 360-degree camera system; a 10-kW Smart Power generator; and body chute ladder storage.


LTC, a part of Smeal, reintroduced the Snorkel® this year. If you attended FDIC in 2015, the Telesqurt® was reintroduced and delivered to Medina, Ohio. This year, the Snorkel® was built for the Frankfort (IL) Fire Protection District. Also reintroduced was a Squrt® for the Prospect Heights (NJ) Volunteer Fire Company.

The Squrt® features a 1,000-gpm articulating boom; 750 gallons of water; a 30-gallon Class B foam cell; and a 2,000-gpm Waterous pump. It has a low overall travel height of 10 feet, eight inches and a narrow 11-foot, nine-inch stabilizer spread for fast, easy setup on scene. The Squrt® Articulating Water Tower can easily be added to a traditional pumper configuration to provide aerial capability with only a small increase in overall vehicle length.

The Snorkel® was the first elevated firefighting platform to be deployed in the fire service. When it was first introduced in 1958, it revolutionized firefighting and the ability to reach out, over, and up to place firefighters and a master stream for rescue and aerial attack. The Frankfort Fire Protection District in Illinois owned a Snorkel for many years and purchased this first new Snorkel® to replace an eight-year-old, 100-foot rearmount platform. Frankfort’s new Snorkel® rides on a Sirius II chassis with a 450-horsepower Cummins ISL9 engine. It is equipped with a 1,500-gpm Waterous pump and a 500-gallon water tank.

Spartan ERV

“At FDIC 2016, we are showcasing Spartan’s 180 Truck Program, which enables an unprecedented order-to-delivery cycle times as short as 180 days,” says John Slawson, division president of Spartan Emergency Response. “Helping ensure fire departments can remain laser-focused on rescues is mission critical to Spartan.”

Combining decades of fire industry knowledge with the significant manufacturing and engineering talent the company added over the past year, the 180 Truck Program represents a new way of manufacturing custom fire trucks. By getting a head start on full-featured custom production, Spartan can complete a fully engineered, built-to-order apparatus in six months without compromising quality. The company will initially offer more than a dozen pumper and aerial models under the program.

Another new program called Spartan Select was also introduced at the show. The Spartan Select will offer Spartan OEM partners with two new base configurations in SPARcon, the company’s configuration and order entry system, for the Gladiator and Metro Star cab and chassis models, aimed at simplifying and expediting the ordering process. Individual features were chosen based on Spartan’s extensive database of customer-specific configurations and includes those options found in 80 percent of fire department orders. Spartan’s new configurations give fire departments the confidence that the cab and chassis they order will meet their requirements at a preferential price point. Beginning with the building blocks of these most optimal specifications, departments will still have the flexibility to add or subtract custom features to satisfy their specific requirements and best meet their and their customers’ needs.

Spartan also featured the Gladiator and Metro Star chassis, the two models available in Spartan Select, at FDIC 2016. This was the first time in the company’s history that Spartan displayed chassis built specifically for customers of its OEM partners. It featured a Metro Star chassis sold by partner Toyne, Inc. to the Tully (NY) Fire Department and a Gladiator chassis sold by partner 4 Guys Fire Trucks to the Wilkesboro (NC) Fire Department. The cab and chassis on display included Spartan’s Advanced Protection System®, a bundle of safety features that protect firefighters while they travel to and from the emergency scene.


As always, Pierce had a large contingent of apparatus on display-18 in three different locations to be exact. Pierce maintained its central hub location at the entrance of Lucas Oil Stadium where it featured 11 vehicles, including a wide range of pumper, aerial, and rescue apparatus. A second Pierce booth showcased five apparatus in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Two additional apparatus were on display outdoors between the convention center and stadium.

Other highlights at the Pierce booth included all-new configurations of the Pierce® Ascendant™ 107-foot heavy-duty ladder (built on a single rear axle chassis) including the PUC™ pump, Texas Chute Out body (side stack hosebed), and no pump/no tank body. The Pierce Ascendant has garnered more than 60 orders in less than a year. In addition, Pierce engineers were on hand to conduct live demonstrations and gather firefighter feedback on Pierce’s new Command Zone™ advanced electronics and controls system.


Ferrara showcased its new SKYFLOW aerial. The new midmount aerial is built on a Ferrara Inferno chassis and features a 600-hp Cummins ISX engine. The aerial comprises four sections and features a brand new structure to accommodate the high 5,000-gpm flow through a hydraulically controlled monitor. Primarily designed for industrial fires, the aerial features a 1,250-pound dry tip load. There are two eight-inch rear intakes and six-inch discharges. The wheelbase on the aerial is 258 inches, and the overall length is 51 feet, seven inches. Also on display was an MVP pumper that featured a variety of Class 1/Hale electronic controls.


Nine fire apparatus were on display. Four aerials were shown at the outside area on South Street doing product demonstrations. One of Rosenbauer’s offerings was the Raptor. Rosenbauer’s articulating fly section allows the Raptor XS to get up and over a structure, allowing the rescue cage to set down on a safe walking structure. The Raptor XS is based on the very popular 102-foot Raptor aerial model, which features a removable rescue cage to convert into a standard straight stick. The Raptor and Raptor XS are built on a single-axle chassis for the best maneuverability.

Targeted for regions whose public roadways are narrower and more congested, the new Cobra product will allow departments to run a tower company in some of their hardest areas to serve. The first unit produced sports a distinctive graphics package borrowed from the Rosenbauer Group’s flagship product, the Panther, rolled out at last summer’s Interschutz show.

In 2012, Rosenbauer rolled out the company’s flagship product Commander, sporting a 99-foot-wide cab providing maximum interior room for crew members. In 2014, seeing the need in certain markets where access roadways were narrower, Rosenbauer launched a project team to engineer the 96-foot Warrior.

Subsequently, it has fielded multiple requests to shorten the wheelbase while keeping the cab a four-door. The model displayed at FDIC 2016 was the first Warrior that featured a 96-inch cab width and a limited 45-inch cab length custom pumper by Rosenbauer Motors.


Seagrave introduced a 95-foot Aerialscope quint as well as had on display a rearmount for Albuquerque, New Mexico; a Marauder rescue pumper for Greentown, Indiana; and a TDA for FDNY lettered for Ladder 175.

Numerous Apparatus

While this was by no means everything on display apparatus wise, it gives you a sample of what to look for if you are in the market for anything new in the future. Investigate some of the apparatus manufacturers’ Web sites and attend next year’s show to see new offerings.

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