Innovative Rigs on the Street: Monroe’s ‘Concept’ Pumper

During the 1940s, several manufacturers recognized that when World War II ended, there would be an unprecedented need for new fire apparatus in most communities. As most industrial capacity was focused on supplying armaments and supplies for the war...


As the department has been able to provide for a 10-year replacement cycle for their front-line apparatus, the Monroe Fire Company has been able to provide their used apparatus to other departments while the units are still fairly new and in very good condition. Today, the fire company operates a 2010 Pierce Arrow XT pumper as Engine 25 and a 2006 International 4400 model chassis with a Four Guys stainless steel elliptical water tank. Tanker 25 is equipped with a 1,250-gpm pump and a 2,200-gallon water tank. Mini Pumper 25 is assigned a 2001 Ford F-550/Boise Mobile Equipment unit outfitted with a 750-gpm pump and a 250-gallon water tank with both Class A and Class B foam capabilities. Other units include a 2002 Ford brush truck, a 2005 Ford utility pick up, three chiefs’ vehicles and two Zodiac boats for water rescue.

Need To Replace Engine

When it came time to replace both Engine and Tanker 25, Chief Heckert stated that there was a concerted effort put forth to downsize the apparatus for several reasons. While most all of Company 25’s first-due area is rural, without benefit of hydrant protection, it was felt that the earlier apparatus had gotten too large and often had to make several maneuvers on the fire ground to achieve the desired position at the scene of the incident. Working with the department’s apparatus committee and Cyle Sheaffer from Glick Fire Equipment, Chief Heckert developed a set of technical specifications that outlined the important design requirements for the new apparatus. This allowed for the new Engine 25 to be shorter in wheelbase and overall length to the previous unit, while increasing its compartment space and fire attack capability.

The result of this process was the delivery earlier this year of a Pierce Arrow XT PUC pumper with a 67-inch cab and 10-inch raised roof. A Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine, rated at 515 horsepower, through an Allison Generation IV model EVS-4000 five-speed automatic transmission, powers this unit. The chassis is equipped with several safety components, including TAK 4 independent front suspension, side-roll protection together with electronic stability control.

Engine 25 is built with a wheelbase of 189.5 inches and an overall length of just 32 feet. The Arrow XT ac provides seating for six personnel with five seats equipped with hands-free self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) brackets. Each of the seating positions is provided with a wireless Fire Com headset. The interior of the cab is provided with an enclosed roll-up door EMS cabinet with Performance Advantage Company Pac Trac on the rear wall for secure mounting of forcible-entry hand tools. The apparatus body is 189 inches long with an overall height of 125 inches to the top of the vertical exhaust.

The front of the apparatus is equipped with an FDNY-style painted steel bumper designed to protect the front of the apparatus and the crew. The 22-inch extension is equipped with a Federal mechanical siren, electronic siren speaker and twin air horns. The right side of the bumper is notched for the 5-inch front suction intake with a 2.5-inch front bumper discharge located on the left side. This discharge is outfitted with a gated wye and is equipped with 150 feet of 1.75-inch hose for an attack line.

Emergency Warning Features & Safety Equipment

The apparatus warning-light package consists of a Whelen Freedom 88-inch long roof-mounted LED light bar with two Whelen LED lights located above the cab doors on each side of the unit. Cab-mounted front warning lights include four Whelen Super LED lights, twin pedestal-mounted Mars lights together with an LED-style Roto-Ray light. Body warning lights consist of Whelen Super LED lights along both sides and rear of the apparatus. Scene lighting is provided by a front-mounted cab Fire Research 750-watt Optimum light and Fire Research 150-watt HID recess-mounted cab lights. Two Fire Research Optimum lights are located on each side of the body with a Focus model 300-watt light recessed at the rear of the body under the hose bed area. In addition, a Willburt Night Scan light tower is mounted on the cab roof. These lights are powered by a Harrison 10-Kw hydraulic generator, which is mounted in front of the hose body.

A Safety Vision color back-up camera is provided at the right front side of the cab and at the rear body. The rear body is also equipped with red and yellow Chevron stripping and enclosed compartments to accommodate two 10-foot lengths of flexible suction hose together with a 10-foot folding, 14-foot roof and 24-foot extension ladders and several pike poles.

Vehicle Body Features