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    Question Hummer: light rescue truck

    Looking for a department who has used a Hummer as a base vehicle for a light rescue truck. Know of one? Seen one? Please email me at ssa_davenport@yahoo.com

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    Someone wrote nearly a year ago on this topic, I think. From what I recall, the chassis didn't handle weight well (though I know the topic was for a forestry unit). Realize that the rescue equipment will be equal or greater than forestry stuff (though you don't have the water tank). Try a search in the forums for "Hummer" Good luck!!
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    A local department is into specialized training and this vehicle is used for their all terrain rescues. It is also used for transporting there members and towing their rescue and mass casualty trailers.


    http://www.sgtblufffire.com/Vehicles/Hummer.htm
    http://www.sgtblufffire.com/Vehicles...bile_trail.htm

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    Check this web site for some good info on these trucks, relates to wildland firefighting but has a lot of good information. Good luck!http://www.roscommonequipmentcenter....ects/rec56.pdf

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    Originally posted by toddmcbr
    A local department is into specialized training and this vehicle is used for their all terrain rescues. It is also used for transporting there members and towing their rescue and mass casualty trailers.


    http://www.sgtblufffire.com/Vehicles/Hummer.htm
    http://www.sgtblufffire.com/Vehicles...bile_trail.htm
    Sorry, that's not a real HMMWV (even a sissified civilian version). That's a Chevy pickup with a yuppie body.

    The Military M998 series HMMWV is very very capable off road, not particularily fast and has poor acceleration (low on HP but good torque), is very wide, and is a very large vehicle for the usable cargo capacity (cube and/or weight). Lousy choice for towing, though widely used pulling trailers by military remfs. Terrible ergonomics, expensive to maintain. Much of this carries thru to the civilian version, which though wimpy (air conditioning?, stereo?, seat padding?, wet nurse?) still has good genes. In either case they are quite expensive for what they can actually do.

    I've had lots of experience with military HMMWVs since 1985 (as a Inf Co Cdr had 28 of them) and it would be a REALLLLY hard sell to convince me that a case can be made for fire dept/emergency use. A very thorough evaluation of job requirements is in order and evaluation of various cost effective ways to solve. Starting with "will a F550 solve the problem" or do we need a surplus 5ton 6x6?

    Most cases of "Hummer" lust might be addressed thru counciling. But they do look butch if thats what it takes for a Walter Mitty fix.
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    I have to agree with neiowa, a hummer (civilian or military) will look cool but leave you short changed for a rescue, even a light one.
    Currently deal with these things on a daily basis thanks to Uncle Sam and you have a choice of a 8' bed and two passengers or a 4' bed and four passengers. You can't modify the body easily as a pickup chassis. They may make a great grass rig but not a rescue. Seriously look at pickups because there are a lot out there that will give you what you want for a chassis and save a lot of money that can be put into tools.
    Have you sat down and made a list of what you want to carry, where you expect to go and how often, crew size, and what you expect to accomplish? Once you do that you may realize why a Hummer is not the choice for you. Of course you may also realize it is.
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    I know of 2 dept's in MI that use them. White Lake and Independence Twp. both in Oakland County sorry I don't know how to contact them.

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    Originally posted by toddmcbr
    A local department is into specialized training and this vehicle is used for their all terrain rescues. It is also used for transporting there members and towing their rescue and mass casualty trailers.


    http://www.sgtblufffire.com/Vehicles/Hummer.htm
    http://www.sgtblufffire.com/Vehicles...bile_trail.htm
    That is NOT a hummer. It is a bloated Chevy Tahoe with an expensive looking body.
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    My department runs a Hummer as our first-due light rescue. It handles fairly well. We have a pump, 250 gallon tank and a foam proportioner on board. It carries a Hurst combination tool, short ram, and power unit. Also have a DeWalt cipsaw, cribbing, medical equipment, and basic rope rescue equipment for over-the-edge operations. While we have had some problems with it, it does rather well. It just dosen't like the 30-40 mile drives to some of our scenes. If it didn't have GM's famous 6.5 liter diesel it might not be half bad. I'll try and get a picture up to look at. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

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    I'm with you on the 6.5 diesel. Imagine it with a new Power Stroke or Cummins 600. We have a brush truck with the 6.5 and it's a mess. Couldn't tell the number of times it's been in the shop.

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