Innovative Rigs on the Street: Benedict's Engine 51

During the course of my travels I sometimes have the opportunity to visit fire stations that are off the beaten path and nested in areas where you still need an old fashioned map to help find your way. Departments in many communities were organized and...


Warning lights on the apparatus include a cab-mounted roto-ray, twin Mars lights, a full-width Whelen LED light bar across the front of the cab with two side-facing mini LED light bars over the crew cab doors. A unique feature on Engine 51 is the use of Whelen LED light stripes across the rear step and along each side of the apparatus body both in the rub rails and recess mounted in the cab steps to provide lower level warning lights.

The design of Engine 51 was the result of several months of planning by the members of department working with Randy Schwartz from Atlantic Emergency Solutions, the local representative for Pierce Manufacturing. Appreciation is given to Chief Sean Kerrigan for his assistance in providing information and photos for use in this story.

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.