Innovative Rigs on the Street: Miramar's Deployable Brush Unit

For this month's installment of Innovative Rigs on the Street we traveled out to the west coast to visit the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar which is located in San Diego, CA. MCAS Miramar is home to the Third Marine Air Wing, which operates...

The Darley 500-gpm fire pump is equipped with both left and right side 2 1/2-inch inlets as well as a single 4-inch inlet on the left side pump panel. Discharges consist of both 1 1/2-inch and 2 1/2 inch discharges on the left and right sides of the apparatus together with two 1-inch discharges supplying twin booster reels. Each hose reel is equipped with 150 feet of 3/4-inch rubber lined hose. An additional 1 1/2-inch discharge is provided at the front bumper to support walk along operations together with a rear body 1 1/2-inch discharge for a pre-connected handline. Brush 62 carries a 500-gallon water tank that is fabricated of 10 gauge Type 304L stainless steel. A 16-gallon Class A foam tank is utilized to provide foam concentrate for a Foam Pro 2001 foam system which is capable of providing foam to all 1- and 1 1/2-inch discharges on the unit.

In addition to the standard pump panel controls the fire pump and certain discharges can be operated from within the cab in easy reach of the engineer for pump and roll operations when required. The interior of the cab is provided with seating for four personnel with high back seats as well as protective fire curtains which can be deployed to protect the windshield and side cab windows from heat and flame in the event of a burn over. A Firecom headset system is provided for each of the seating positions in the cab.

Lighting and Safety Features

Emergency warning lights consist of a Code 3 model 1069 light bar on the cab roof together with Code 3 LED warning lights around the perimeter of the apparatus. Scene lighting is provided on both sides and the rear body as well as a remote controlled Go Light on the cab roof.

The cab steps, pump panel running boards and rear step area all incorporate aggressive non-slip stepping surfaces together with fixed body steps and handrails to enhance crew safety.

Brush 62 was well designed and constructed to meet the needs of the Miramar MCAS Fire Department in addition to providing a good accounting of itself at any major wildland incident.

I would like to thank Chief Greg Magill and the members of the Miramar MCAS Fire Department who assisted with technical information and photographs of their department's apparatus. A special thank you to Jonathan Holmes of West-Mark Fire Apparatus for his assistance.

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.