We (at the volunteer house) have an engine on order. We did a bit of a hybrid design on it - the driver's side has full-height, full-depth compartments on it, where as the officer's side has full-height, split-depth compartments with a rear-access ladder tunnel for a 28' 2-section and 14' roof ladder. Extrication tools come out of the rear compartment.
Although a 70" cab would have been really nice, we ended up doing a 60" cab to reduce the OAL and WB since the Waterous Eclipse CAFS system added about a foot to the vehicle.
Some thoughts on what you've posted:
I completely agree. If you're using high-pressure cylinders, there should be enough room to put four of them in each of three wheel-well storage areas.
Originally Posted by FyredUp
Also agree. Put the hooks in through-the-compartment sleeve which you access from the rear of the rig.
2) No tools on the overhead ladder rack. Right now we have 4 hooks up there and if you want them you have to drop the ladder rack or climb up on the hose bed to get them down.
Two thoughts - use a roof-mounted HVAC system in place of a tunnel-mounted HVAC, or move the EMS compartment against the rear wall (we have both of these on our rigs).
4) Relocation of the EMS cabinet in the cab. Right now it is inbetween the rear facing jumpseats and directly in front of the heat and air conditioning outlets for the rear compartment. While it still gets cool and warm, it certainly takes longer than necessary because of the obstruction.
Excellent idea. When we got our heavy rescue in 2000, we also remotely mounted the hydraulic rescue tool pump to give us additional room. The unfortunate side is that where we mounted it. It's very difficult to do the yearly maintenance or add fluid. Pump location will be given a lot more thought on our next one.
5) I would have had a "hidden" electric pump for the Hurst tools instead of having to fire up the gas unit when we needed tools. I would have kept the gas unit, possibly gotten a smaller one initially for remote use.
Just remember what that's going to do to your front axle rating and handling, especially when you're talking about a 1000+ gallon water tank. Also with that kind of capacity, you're going to be extending your wheelbase to account for that much water. Finally, give a lot of though to how shallow (front to rear) the bed will be - that will translate to a much deeper (top to bottom) hosebed, which could potentially put the end of the hose higher than expected.
7) L-shaped water tank to lower the hose bed height.
I'd suggest the FRC Spectra LED floods for your new piece. 20k lumen for the front and 15k for the sides and rear. If you haven't had a chance to check them out, I think you'll be very impressed.
10) A light tower. While the 1500 watt eyebrow light and the 4 corner body extenda lights work fine, being able to massively flood the scene with the light from a tower is hard to beat.
We did a Will-Burt Profiler light tower on the engine we have on order. In order not to have anything on the vehicle higher than the cab roof, we put the tower on the driver's side body where the forward coffin compartment would have been (hence, the choice to use the narrow-profile Profiler model). It uses existing space only added a few bucks for engineering on the design.
Keep us posted on what direction the project takes...