Christmas 2014 was especially nice for Pine Mountain firefighters as
the department put a new truck in service.
The new Squad 12 is a multi-purpose vehicle.
The truck is a 2015 Ford F350 one-ton dually four-wheel drive crew
cab with a Knapheide utility body, Category 4 receiver hitch and
With problems encountered with regen systems, DEF requirements, and
bio-diesel, the department selected a gasoline engine for the truck.
For firefighting, the truck is equipped with a slide-in CET Pumps
firefighting unit in the rear. The unit includes a 300 gallon water
tank, a foam cell, a 1” booster line set to be pulled from the
driver’s side, a 1-3/4” crosslay set to be pulled from the passenger
side, and a 1-3/4” attack line set to be pulled off the rear.
The foam system incorporates Scotty around-the-pump foam induction
allowing foam to be pumped through any of the discharges. The
department uses F-500 Encapsulator foam.
The pump is driven by a separate gasoline engine at the rear, giving
the truck pump-and-roll capability at brush and woods fires.
A discharge manifold at the pump provides for flowing not only
through the pre-connected lines, but allows the selection of four
other discharges including a 2-1/2” discharge.
Most of Pine Mountain Fire Department’s call volume is EMS-related
and one compartment in the utility body has been dedicated for basic
life support equipment. The truck has also been equipped for
light-duty rescue with a chain saw, 8,500-pound winch that can be
mounted front or rear, rescue harnesses and more. A backboard and
Stokes basket are mounted on the truck.
The truck and utility body were purchased from Allan Vigil Ford in
Morrow, on state contract pricing. The CET Pumps firefighting
slip-in unit was purchased from Ten-8 in Forsyth. The Ranch Hand
bumper guard and winch were purchased on state contract price from
Superior Distributing in Albany. The emergency light and siren
package was purchased from West Chatham Warning Devices in Preston
and Dean’s Two Way in Cataula. The lettering and reflective striping
were designed and applied by D&S Signs in Columbus.
The truck officially went into service on Saturday, December 13, and
answered its first alarm shortly after. It has already responded to
quite a number of calls, including one fuel spill requiring foam
The new Squad 12 is much less expensive to operate than the
department’s larger apparatus, saving the city money. It is also
more maneuverable, providing access in areas that would prove
difficult if not impossible for larger apparatus.