Innovative Rigs on the Street: Nanjemoy's Brush Engine

Since the inception of the Innovative Rigs on the Street articles back in December, 2009 we have featured a number of pumpers, aerial devices and other vehicles which were designed to meet the specific needs of the local fire and emergency services...


Firefighting Equipment

The firefighting package includes a Darley HM pump rated at 500 gpm together with an Odin Mongoose CAFS unit powered by a Kawasaki 28-horsepower engine. This unit supplies a Darley model 2BE pump rated at 70 gpm with the air compressor rated at 40-cfm. The apparatus is equipped with twin crosslay hosebeds for both 1-inch forestry hose and 1 3/4-inch hose, 2 1/2-inch discharges on each side of the unit and twin 200 foot booster reels. The apparatus is equipped with a 400-gallon water tank together with a 30-gallon Class A foam tank.

The lower portion of the aluminum extruded body was finished off with tread plate in areas subject to damage and scrapes with aluminum tread plate hosebed covers and a long tool storage compartment provided at the rear of the apparatus. Whelen LED warning lights were utilized for the cab-mounted light bar and other perimeter warning lights. Scene lighting is provided by a series of Fire Research fixed lights above the cab windshield, one on each side of the body and one at the rear body. Two telescopic pole lights were provided one on each side at the pump panel area to provide excellent lighting around the vehicle.

The high profile of the chassis and body enabled the brush unit to maintain a good angle of approach and departure to minimize any opportunity for the unit to get hung up when operating in off-road conditions. Pull out steps were installed around the body to assist in providing access to equipment including hard suction hose, hose reels and other equipment. Brush 44 is a well designed vehicle which can provide excellent service at any brush and wildland incident.

With this new unit, the Nanjemoy Fire Department, is providing the third generation of brush engine service to their first-due area and other locations in Charles County. The department was recently called to assist units from Prince George's County that were operating at the scene of a large mulch fire in Accokeek which showed the capabilities of the new Brush Engine 44. Don't let the slogan on the rear door mislead you as to the training and dedication of the members of the Nanjemoy Fire Department: "Down in the Sticks off Highway 6."

Appreciation is given to Mr. Jeff Hawkins of DPC Emergency Equipment who provided technical information for use in this article.

TOM SHAND is a 37-year veteran of the fire service having served with departments in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. He has worked in the fire apparatus industry since 1985, including 15 years with Saulsbury Fire Apparatus. He is a contributing editor to Fire Apparatus Journal and Firehouse Magazine and works with Mike Wilbur at Emergency Vehicle Response. He co-hosts the Apparatus Architects podcast with Wilbur, based on their column in Firehouse Magazine.