Wildland Vehicles Debut at Firehouse World

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Apparatus at Firehouse World went wild this year – wildland fire that is, with five major apparatus manufacturers debuting urban interface vehicles or straight up Type III wildland vehicles.Coverage of Firehouse World  2011Showing...


The one at the show was built on a Pierce Arrow XL cab and chassis and is available in other cab configurations, he said.

One of the big features of the new apparatus is its 162-inch wheel base with a 29-foot overall length, Trinkner said. And, because it is a PUC, it features a Darley PTO pump which gives the apparatus pump and roll capabilities without the need for an auxiliary pump.

The unit also features a Pierce brand Husky foam system with a 1,500 gpm pump, a 500-gallon water tank with a 30-gallon foam cell, he said.

Trinkner said the apparatus received good feedback from the show and Pierce is encourage that it’s the right apparatus introduced at the right time.

Sutphen Corporation, based in Amlin, Ohio, was showing a new Type I wildland urban interface apparatus at the show in San Diego.

David Rider, Sutphen’s inside sales manager, said the new apparatus was a first for Sutphen, breaking new ground.

The cab and chassis is built by Sutphen and has all the characteristics of a Sutphen, with some subtle differences, like a painted front bumper and flush headlights, built into the front of the cab – a significant appearance change from traditional Sutphens.

The apparatus is built on a Sutphen custom cab and chassis with a 167-inch wheel base and an overall length of 27 feet four inches.

For fire suppression, it has a Hale Qmax 1,500 gpm pump, and a 650-gallon tank. It is also equipped with a Hale Foam Logix 3.3 system with a 20-gallon foam tank. The extruded aluminum body features Sutphen’s signature Huck bolt fasteners.

Rider said Sutphen decided to enter the Type I market after being requested to by requests from customers of its aerial and pumper lines.

“We think it’s a good market for us to be in,” Rider said.