Chassis Update - Part 2

A continuation of the latest advancements in the chassis industry from manufacturers of fire apparatus chassis.


In the August 1997 issue, Firehouse® Magazine presented the first part of a report providing information from manufacturers on the latest developments in the fire apparatus chassis industry. This article continues that report. Emergency One Inc. If you're looking for the latest...


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In the August 1997 issue, Firehouse® Magazine presented the first part of a report providing information from manufacturers on the latest developments in the fire apparatus chassis industry. This article continues that report.

Emergency One Inc.

If you're looking for the latest developments in the industry, look for E-One. Emergency One is the industry leader in quality, advanced-design fire rescue vehicles. Emergency One engineers and manufactures the Cyclone II, Hurricane and Hush vehicles. Each Emergency One chassis features advanced designed and integrated operation systems.

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Photo courtesy of Emergency One
The Hush chassis allows for uncommon versatility and options for customization to meet a fire department's needs.

The following information covers the newest developments found in Emergency One fire rescue vehicles.

Cyclone II. The advanced design of Emergency One's Cyclone II provides exceptional safety, comfort and performance abilities in an integrated chassis. Designed for outstanding crew protection, the Cyclone II is formed of heavy-duty aluminum extrusion framing with an integral structural roll cage covered with a 3/16ths-inch-thick cab skin for the most rugged and durable cab on the market. Focusing on safety, the Cyclone II's advanced design was specifically developed to comply with the latest NFPA 1901 standards.

The Cyclone II's flexible engine-forward design maximizes comfort and space with four cab size options. In addition, Vista roof options of 12, 16 and 20 inches are available. However, even on medium-length cabs featuring the current larger in-line six-cylinder engines, the forward design allows for ample crew space in the back with forward-facing seats on the rear wall. Furthermore, the comfort of easy crew entry and exit is provided by E-One's standard full-height rear doors on all Vista roofs.

Maximum crew comfort is also maintained through a new air conditioning system designed and tested specifically for the Cyclone II. The new system not only cools fast, it incorporates fresh-air inlets which greatly improve defrosting and de-icing.

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Photo courtesy of Emergency One
The Hurricane chassis has been redesigned to include the cab tilt as a standard feature.

For driving performance, the Cyclone II has a steering cramp angle up to 45 degrees, providing excellent maneuverability and responsiveness. Furthermore, the new steering system is certified up to 18,700 pounds GAWR without an assist cylinder and features a high-capacity power steering pump for greatly improved slow speed steering response, exceptional tracking and handling ability.

With engine certifications for Detroit Diesel engines up to 500 hp and Cummins engines up to 525 hp, E-One's Cyclone II is equipped with the highest capacity engine cooling system available. This is the first cooling system designed to accommodate the high heat loads of the new transmission retarders on the MD and HD series of Allison World transmissions. E-One's Cyclone II is engineered to ensure reliable heavy-duty performance.

The advanced design of the Cyclone II chassis is engineered to match all Emergency One fire rescue vehicle types, from pumpers to aerials, enabling the creation of standardized fleets with consistent maintenance requirements.

Hurricane Tilt. E-One's Hurricane chassis has recently been redesigned to include the cab tilt as a standard feature. The cab tilt function provides unparalleled access to the engine, transmission, radiator, charge air cooler and batteries.

Accommodating new developments in our Bronto product line, the Hurricane chassis is now configured with a tandem front axle design incorporating tandem front steering for outstanding maneuverability. In addition, full independent suspension is available on both 4x2 and 6x4 chassis configurations for the highest performance suspension, axle and braking system, available today. Incomparable to any other system, E-One's fully independent suspension provides shorter stopping distances, minimal brake fade, long brake life, smooth ride and outstanding directional control.

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