Innovative Rigs on the Street: Sperryville’s Attack Unit

One of the major tenants of our “Innovative Rigs on the Street” series is that while the apparatus can come in all shapes, sizes and models, the end result is that new apparatus fully meets the needs of the fire department and the community. With...


The Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department set out to design and operate a short wheelbase attack apparatus to protect their first due area. Attack 2 is an excellent example of a well-developed piece of equipment that took many months of planning. I would like to thank Chief Richie Burke and Bob Purcell who assisted with technical information on this apparatus. Special thanks to Mike Sanders who provided all of the photos 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.