Top Mount Pump on a Telesquirt
Looking for a little advice and/or guidance in the design of a new telesquirt my Fire District is currently looking to purchase. From my years of experience in both the career and volunteer fire service I have been assigned to companies that utilize a telesquirt and have found them to be a great asset. Our response area is surrounded by Department’s that have either a tower ladder or a straight stick in their arsenal to respond to our area through mutual aid agreements; that said a telesquirt would be a great option in various situations from making a quick rescue or a quick blitz attack in an elevated area.
With that said I am concerned with one aspect of my companies view on the design of the telesquirt and that is designing it with a top mount pump. I think top mount pumps are a great feature on a pumper to give the operator a real 360 degree view of the fire scene but having it with an aerial device to me seems to be the wrong move.
Our fleet is currently comprised of Pierce apparatus and it seems that we will remain with Pierce but have spoken to other manufactures all of which have never designed a truck of this nature with a top mount pump and an aerial device you would have with a telesquirt. Essentially, the driver/operator would have to raise the aerial device 20 degrees, extend the outriggers in order to just pump the apparatus even for just a car fire.
Looking for assistance in determining if this is a good idea or is a bad idea, which is what my gut feeling tells me.
Thanks for your input…
No neg// Just stating facts
Skipatrol nobody is bashing the dept you posted with the top mount, someone’s dept is looking at purchasing one now. With today’s safeties on aerial devises it will make it very difficult just to stretch a hand line. Theses are just a few issues that should be thought out. So do not think I am bashing your posted tele-tanker.