Innovative Rigs on the Street: Citizens' First-Out Engine

The Citizens Fire Company #1 in Lebanon County, PA, operates from a single fire station located in the Borough of Palmyra. The station is located at 21 North College St. and is under the command of Chief Dave Dugan. Company 1 protects approximately...


The supply line hosebed is equipped with 1,200 feet of 5-inch supply line which has a different color length at the 600-foot mark of the supply line bed to assist the engineer in determining the number of lengths that have been used at a particular incident. In addition a Task Force Blitz Fire tailboard gun is attached to 500 feet of 3-inch hose with loops at each 100-foot interval for use as a rapidly deployable 500 gpm master stream device. Wagon 1 carries an additional portable monitor in a rear body compartment together with a top mounted, pre-connected deck gun equipped with smooth bore tips. Given the variety of pre-connected attack lines and the multiple master stream capability on Palmyra Wagon 1, this apparatus provides a great degree of both handline and master stream capability on the fireground.

Standard Equipment Around The Body

Beyond the fire pump and hoseline capabilities Wagon 1 is equipped with a Harrison 15.0 Kw hydraulic generator which is mounted over the fire pump. The generator supplies power to a top-mounted electric cable reel in addition to several body mounted 120-volt outlets. Scene lighting is provided by three cab-mounted Kwik Raze lights in addition to four 900 watt lights mounted on the body and at the rear of the cab.

Emergency lighting includes five short light bars mounted on the cab roof with Whelen LED warning lights around the perimeter of the engine. Additional front warning lights include two pedestal Mars lights together with a roto-ray light on the cab grill.

The stainless steel pumper body is provided with six enclosed compartments which carry the basic engine company equipment, together with 48 feet of ground ladders and two lengths of hard sleeve which are mounted on the right side of the apparatus. One of the unique features on the apparatus is a FDNY style hosebed cover with a fixed rear canopy at the rear step. The cover can retract on slides to allow personnel to easily stand in the hosebed when re-loading hose. The front left compartment door is reverse hinged to allow better access to fittings and appliances for the pump operator.

Several safety related items include the use of a down view mirror above the right front windshield, side cornering lights at the front bumper and a recessed arrow stick light below the rear hosebed. Hand holds are provided on each of the hose bed dividers to make it safer to access this area of the apparatus. The four-way hydrant valve and Blitz Fire gun are mounted low at the rear of the apparatus to allow personnel to deploy these appliances without having to climb onto the engine.

From bumper to back step Palmyra Wagon 1 is an excellent example of a well thought out and developed engine company. Whether your department serves a built up urban area or a rural area without benefit of hydrant protection there are several thoughts and ideas that you can borrow from this unit to enhance the tactical capabilities and safety of your members from this innovative engine apparatus.

I would like to acknowledge the assistance of Chief Dave Dugan of the Citizens Fire Company #1 and Engineer Doug Boltz for their kind help with 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.