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January 02, 2015
New Fire Truck Goes In Service

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 aluminum wheels.

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 application.

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.


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