Terminolgy? pumper, pumper tanker, recue pumper, Etc???
It seems everyone knows what all the different types of vehicles are but me. : )
What are the differences/similarities between the different types of apparatus descriptions such as:
2. pumper tanker
3. recue pumper
4. rescue engine
I pretty much know what the above are but it seems you can call the same apparatus different things so I need some guidance when I begin to describe what i am looking for to vendors and to get our apparatus committee on the same page.
We have received $180,000 (plus our $20,000 matching) from US Fire Admin and are in the early stages of planning our purchase. We need to know this basic terminolgoy just to begin a good discussion for what we want. We know we want to pump water and carry water and have foam with a dual cab.
Thanks for help with the basics?
P.S. Do these different vehicle types have technical definitions per NFPA 1901?
Thanks for any comments.
Re: Terminolgy? pumper, pumper tanker, recue pumper, Etc???
my non NFPA definitions:
1. pumper - also commonly referred to as an engine. Will have a fairly small tank (500-1000 gallon) to supply initial attack until connection to hydrant or other water supply is made.
2. pumper tanker - a pumper or engine that has enough water capacity to act as a tender ie tanker, a minimum of 1500 gallons. Has enough pump capacity & outlets to serve as a fire suppression vehicle.
3. recue pumper - also known as a rescue engine. A pumper that is has a [/B][/QUOTE]RESCUE STYLE BODY and will carry rescue equipment such as jaws, rappelling gear, extra air bottles, air bags, stokes basket, EMS supplies as well as the typical firefighting equipment. These typically have a body with full height/full depth compartments on both sides, and will have a ladder rack or ladder mounted through the tank instead of the pumpers traditional half height compartment/ladder setup. Typically, these will carry minimum water (500-750 gallons) so that compartment space can be maximized.
4. rescue engine - see above, rescue pumper
5. tanker - usually used only to carry water. this truck may have a pump on it to draft with, but is not usually used for suppression. Typically at tandem rear axle chassis with at least 2000 gallons.
NFPA and ISO both have definitions of these vehicles, which may vary from what I've stated, but that should cover the basics.