Innovative Rigs on the Street: Suffern's Tiller

The fire service enjoys many proud traditions dating back to when steamers were horse drawn and ladder trucks carried buckets, hooks and an assortment of heavy, wooden ground ladders. Over the years as motorized apparatus became prevalent the ability to...


Other apparatus operated by the ladder company include a 2002 Sutphen 95-foot aerial tower and a 1989 Spartan-Gladiator four-door cab with a Saulsbury stainless steel walk-in rescue body. The engine company operates with a 1993 American LaFrance 1250-gpm pumper together with 2005 and 2009 Seagrave pumpers which operate as the primary response units. Overall the Suffern Fire Department is a well trained and equipped organization which prides itself on maintaining the best traditions of the fire service.

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.