Innovative Rigs on the Street: North Bailey's Commercial Pumper

For many years fire apparatus were traditionally built on commercial chassis as they were readily available and could easily be adapted for different fire service applications. During World War II, with all manufacturing efforts designated to provide...


The pumper is built with a wheelbase of 258 inches and an overall length of 35 feet, seven inches. Rosenbauer constructed a full height aluminum crew cab which provides seating for six personnel and all seats are equipped with hands-free SCBA brackets and hand tools mounted in PAC brackets for the protection of the crew. The crew cab area had dimensions of 92 inches wide and 96 inches high with 76 inches of headroom area. Each side of the crew area can be accessed through a vertically hinged door which is approximately 28 inches wide. Both the front cab and crew area are provided with climate control for heating and air conditioning.

Bumper And Lighting Setup

The front bumper was extended 18 inches and is equipped with a 2 1/2-inch front discharge that carries 100 feet of 1 3/4-inch attack line and a short length of five-inch hose in an aluminum tray. A four-inch front suction extends through the front bumper on the right side with bumper guides provided at each corner.

The apparatus warning light package consists of a two recess mounted Code 3 LED light bars 92 inches wide located at the front and rear of the crew cab enclosure. Code 3 model 550 halogen rotating lights were mounted at the upper rear of the body. Other warning lights consist of Whelen model 600 LED lights at the front grill and along the front sides and rear of the apparatus cab and body. A Code 3 LED arrow stick light bar is recessed mounted at the rear of the body below the hose bed.

A 10-Kw Smart Power hydraulic generator provides power for an electric cable reel equipped with 200 feet of 10/4 cable and scene lighting. Two Fire Research 1,000-watt Focus lights are located above the body on each side with the poles nested within the body compartments. Two non-telescopic Fire Research Focus 1,000-watt lights are mounted above the body compartments on each side of the body.

Pump And Body Features

The body is fabricated from 5052-H32 aluminum and is provided with seven enclosed body compartments with hinged aluminum doors. The compartments are well organized and laid out using an assortment of slide trays and adjustable shelves with Performance Advantage Company PacTrac and brackets utilized to secure adapters, fittings and hand tools. The rear body compartment is equipped with an electric cable reel, hydraulic hose reel, power unit, cutter and smoke ejectors mounted on a slide tray.

Ground ladders are carried on a hydraulic ladder rack on the right side of the body with a 28-foot two section extension, 14-foot roof and a 10-foot folding ladder. The rear hose bed is equipped with two beds each with 550 feet of four-inch hose, 500 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose and 500 feet of 1 3/4-inch hose. The rear hose bed is protected by lift up hinged aluminum tread plate covers. The hose bed area can be accessed using fixed steps that are provided at the rear body on each side. A unique arrangement is provided for three speedlay attack lines that are located under the crew cab compartment and are equipped with two 200-foot 1 3/4-inch and one 250-foot two-inch pre-connected attack lines.

The fire pump on Engine 2 is a Waterous model CSUY single-stage pump rated at 1,750 gpm which can supply any one of the four attack lines and the four pump panel discharges in addition to 3 1/2-inch discharge supplying a Task Force Monsoon electric deck gun. The fire pump intakes consist of two six-inch inlets each equipped with air operated valves with a 2 1/2-inch auxiliary intake on each side panel. The left side pump panel is provided with two 2 1/2-inch discharges with one 2 1/2-inch and one 3 1/2-inch discharge located at the right side panel. An additional 2 1/2-inch and 3 1/2-inch rear discharge are provided at the rear body. A Foam Pro 2001 Class A foam system can supply any one of the four pre-connected attack lines with a 30 gallon tank. The engine is equipped with a 750-gallon water tank with power refill capabilities for the foam tank. All pump discharges are equipped with Waterous electric power operated valves with position indicators.

The right side pump panel is provided with lift and turn fasteners to allow for quick access into to the fire pump for service and maintenance. Recessed hose wells with aluminum tread plate covers are provided on each side of the apparatus with standpipe packs carried in these compartments. A small booster reel is provided above the fire pump on the right side of the unit.

With a combination of the commercial Peterbilt 367 cab and chassis and the Rosenbauer General fire body the North Bailey Fire Department's new Engine 2 is an excellent example of a well developed piece of apparatus. I would like to thank Chief Dave Humbert and Mike McLauglin who assisted with technical information on this apparatus.