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    Default Mini Pumper Question

    Our Fire Department is in the process of building specs for a new Mini Pumper on a Ford F-550 4 door chassis. We have most of the work done, and hope to have the bids out soon, but are stuck on something.....

    We will have 2 pack seats in the rear of the cab, and are contemplating putting another pack seat in for the front passenger, but we aren't sure what kind of leg room we will have. We have looked at another Fire Dept's, which I believe is a 98 or 99, but they only have the rear pack seats. From the looks of it, we think we might be compromising the leg room if we add the one in the front.

    The big concern is becuase this vehicle will be used for our part-time firefighters Monday through Friday for 9 hours a day and will be used for all run responses and for Fire Inspections, etc... We just don't want it to be too uncomfortable for everyone.

    If anyone has a vehicle like this or knows of someone who has one, please let me know. Also, if someone is within a couple hour drive of Toledo, and has one, maybe we can set up a time to check it out.

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    Northwood Fire Department


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    We have a mini-pumper/light rescue built on a 2000 model F-550 four door chassis. We have 3 SCBA seats in back and a 40/20/40 split bench seat for the front. Leg room will be an issue for the front passenger if you use a SCBA seat.

    We have found that it is extremely difficult for FFs to actually pack out while in the back and still get out the door openings, especially while wearing a helmet. Our policy to have mask on, then get out, pull out the SCBA and don it outside the vehicle.

    What other equipment will this truck have? Ours carries a set of hydraulic rescue tools, cribbing, 5K generator, 18" smoke ejector, electric reel with portable lights, foam system with class A (15 gal)and emulsifier (15 gal), 3 ladders (24' ext/14' roof'/10' attic), 10K winch, chainsaw, misc hand tools, ect.

    Two 200' 1.75" preconnects, 200' booster reel, 425' 3" supply line, bumper line with 300' of 1" forestry line available. Water tank is 290 gallons.

    We run it first out to medical calls, grass fires, MVA...pretty much most of the non-structure fire calls. We recently went through an ISO inspection and received credit for it as a service company.

    If you have any questions just e-mail me.

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    Guys,

    These Rigs look pretty impressive in ads. Which manufacturers did you or are you looking @ and who is the front runner for this type truck? How big of a pump??? Finally what's the figure that hurts the most ($$$)?

    Enjoy the ride.
    GB

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    We aren't looking at any specific manufacturer at this time. We are almost complete with the specs and then it will go out for bids. So far this is what we have come up with:

    Ford F550, 4 door 4x4 chassis
    500 gpm Waterous Pump
    300 Gallon Tank
    8000 lb. Winch in front bumper
    5k Watt Auragen
    2 rear pack seats
    Front bucket seats
    3 compartments each side, 1 in rear
    2 Temp. Controlled compartments for EMS Equipment
    2 200' 1 3/4 crosslays, 2 1/2 preconnect off rear
    200' electric cord reel in rear compartment

    That's most of the stuff. Have some other minor things we've changed, and still some minor things to work on. We are expectin to pay roughly $115,000.......

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    Call me @ work on Thursday

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    Arrow Summit Fire Apparatus

    You might want to give Summit Fire Apparatus a look.

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    Default Mini Pumper Question

    How about 2 captains chairs in the front and mounting an independent SCBA holder between the two chairs (angled toward the officer's side). The officer will have to don the SCBA outside but it leaves more leg room for the 3 in the rear seats.

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    Thanks for all of the replys. We are considering a post mounted SCBA to put between the front bucket seats, but we aren't real sure how much room it will take up, as we will have a center console between the seats. That is something we can look at doing after we get the mini pumper. THanks again for the replys

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