Apparatus Showcase 2023

Nov. 10, 2023
Manufacturers display the latest and greatest in fire-rescue and EMS apparatus and boats.

4 Guys Fire Trucks

The Fremont, OH, Fire Department’s new 4 Guys Fire Trucks rescue-pumper storage elements include full-depth side compartments that have roll-up doors and upper coffin compartments. The right coffin compartment has a gravity-feed oil-dry storage section. SCBA compartments are located in the rear wheel wells, and an EMS compartment is in the crew area. The rig is powered by a 500-hp Cummins X12 engine. To fight fire, the pumper has a 1,500-gpm Waterous pump and a 750-gallon poly tank.


American Emergency Vehicles

Greenport Rescue Squad (Columbia County, NY) took delivery of this new American Emergency Vehicles (AEV) Type 3 ambulance from Specialty Ambulance. The AEV unit is built on a Ford E-450 chassis. It’s powered by a new 7.3-liter, V-8 “Godzilla” gasoline engine. It has a custom-made cab console. The ambulance mod is 172 inches and features slide-out stair chair storage, climate control cabinets, solid surface countertops, diamond plate flooring, a Stryker power load system, Whelen emergency lights and Per4Max safety harnesses. The graphics were done by Next Gen Signs.


ASIS Boats

A 12-meter GRP rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) was selected for a pivotal role in Saudi Arabia’s NEOM mega project. This vessel has PE closed-cell foam-filled tubes and carries a Darley firefighting pump that’s capable of pumping 1,500 gpm. Powered by twin 350hp Mercury outboards, the vessel features a cutting-edge wireless communication system that ensure seamless coordination for all occupants. The Ullman suspension seats offer optimal comfort and stability even in challenging conditions. A robust marine-grade aluminum ASIS Console and heavy-duty T-top add durability and functionality to the craft.


Braun Ambulances

The Centerton, AR, Fire Department took over 9-1-1 coverage for the city of Centerton and surrounding areas in January 2023. The department is committed to protecting the lives and property of those who they are called to serve. This new Braun Chief XL Type I features numerous upgrades, including Whelen M Series lighting, a front-mounted HVAC condenser, dual air horns, rub rail low-profile warning lights, white and red interior ambient lighting and a customized curbside bench/workstation design. The ambulance was delivered in partnership with Pinnacle Emergency Vehicles.


CET Fire Pumps

The Ford F-550 Fire Apparatus is purpose-built for emergency response in challenging terrains. Boasting a robust 19,500-lb. GVWR, a sturdy 7,000-lb. front axle and a reliable 13,500-lb. rear axle that includes a 4.88 limited slip differential, the vehicle’s construction ensures exceptional traction. Powered by the Ford Power Stroke Turbo Diesel engine and TorqShift automatic transmission, the vehicle delivers consistent performance. With a striking Ford Fire Red exterior, chrome accents and strict adherence to NFPA standards, this apparatus combines power, durability and safety and always is ready for action.


Crestline Ambulances

The Crestline CCL 150 Type I is built with safety and durability directly into the ambulance through high-performing practical features and is covered by a lifetime paint warranty, all at an affordable price point. The Glenwood Pochuck Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Vernon, NJ, is a volunteer agency that provides medical and trauma assistance to more than 23,000 residents and to more than 75,000 visitors annually. This ambulance was delivered to the agency in partnership with First Priority Group.


Demers Ambulances

For more than 160 years, the Charlottesville, VA, Fire Department has provided fire protection, emergency medical services and fire safety education to the city of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. The department’s emphasis on safety and engineering led it to choose the Demers MXP170 Type I. All units are equipped with Demers’ exclusive mobility track seating for enhanced provider safety. This ambulance was delivered in partnership with RedStorm Fire & Rescue Apparatus.



Built on a Typhoon long cab chassis (67½ inches), New Baden, IL, Fire Department’s new HP 75 aerial features a 75-foot extruded aluminum ladder, a SideStacker hosebed, a 1,500-gpm Hale QMax pump and a 500-gallon water tank. The rig has a split raised rear cab roof. It’s powered by a Cummins L9 450-hp engine and an Allison 3000 EVS transmission.


Ferrara Fire Apparatus

From its Cummins L9 450-hp engine to its 1,000-gallon water tank, which rests on a 102-inch-wide extruded aluminum rescue-style body, Grove, OK, Fire Department’s new custom pumper has everything that the department needs. This includes the rig’s systems for fighting fire, such as its 20 gallons of foam, its powerful Waterous 1,750-gpm pump and its FoamPro 2002 foam system.


Firematic Supply Co.

The state-of-the-art Initial Attack B.R.A.T. (Brush Rapid Attack Truck) that was built by Firematic Supply Co. for the Encinitas, CA, Fire Department is constructed on a 2023 Ford F-550 four-door 4x4 chassis. It has a 2½-inch lift. It’s enhanced by the manufacturer’s own Founders M/T Super Single tires that are paired with military-grade Hutchinson aluminum bead-lock wheels. The compartment body is aluminum. To fight fire, the vehicle is equipped with a 300-gallon water/10-gallon foam ProPoly tank and a 500-gpm, PTO-driven Hale AP50 pump.


HME Ahrens-Fox

The Lookout Mountain, TN, Fire Department took delivery of this pumper that was built by HME Ahrens-Fox. Built on the company’s time-proven 1871-W chassis. The vehicle is powered by a Cummins L9 engine and an Allison 3000 EVS transmission. The rig has an MFDxl-12 cab. The pumper is equipped with a Hale Q-Max 1,500-gpm pump and a 700-gallon tank.


Horton Ambulance

In July 2023, Horton Emergency Vehicles, with SERVS LLC, delivered the industry’s first ambulance that’s equipped with the Horton Occupant Protection System featuring MBrace to New Orleans EMS. MBrace (from IMMI) is a patent-pending airbag system that’s integrated into a multipoint restraint system to protect care providers who are seated in the patient compartment against head and neck injuries during frontal impacts and rollovers. This Type 1 ambulance was built on a Ford F-550 4x4 chassis that has LiquidSpring suspension. The vehicle features Horton’s signature Cool-Tech III system, sound proofing, privacy windows and a USSC high-back bucket seat that has an integral child safety seat.


KME Fire Apparatus

Built on a Panther MFD chassis and including a 10-inch raised roof, the new custom top-mount pumper for the West Valley Fire Department (Yakima, WA), is powered by a Cummins L9 450-hp engine and an Allison 3000 EVS transmission. To fight fire, the rig has a 1,000-gallon water tank, a 20-gallon foam tank, a Hale QMAX 1,500-gpm single-stage pump and a Hale Smart Foam 2.1 foam system.


Marion Body Works

This apparatus is an enclosed, top-mount, aluminum pumper that was constructed for the Delton Fire Department in Lake Delton, WI, by Marion Body Works. The custom pumper is built on a Metro Star chassis that includes a 24-inch cab-style LFD raised roof. The vehicle is powered by a 450-hp Cummins L9 diesel engine. For fighting fire, the apparatus has a 2,000-gpm CSU Waterous pump, a 1,000-gallon UPF Poly III tank, a 30-gallon foam tank and a FoamPro 2002 foam system.


Midwest Fire

The Woodstock, ME, Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of a new custom pumper by Midwest Fire that’s mounted on a Freightliner 108SD 4x4 Crew Cab Chassis. To fight fire, it has a 1,250-gallon All-Poly tank with a side-mount-configured Darley LDM 1250 Split-Shaft Pump. The rig also has a FoamPro 1600 Class A foam system that includes a 20-gallon integrated tank; an Elkhart Stinger front monitor; and a Kussmaul air and battery conditioner and Super Auto Eject air connection.


Ocean Craft

This Ocean Craft Marine 8-meter rigid inflatable boat (RIB) is destined for the Suamico, WI, Fire Department (SFD). The craft is equipped with dual Mercury 150-hp engines, an aluminum, three-sided pilot house that has a center console, and diver’s notches on both sides for swift-rescue operations. Mounted deck tracks allow for modular installation of a portable fire pump. The RIB is fully equipped with distress, signaling and communication tools, including a siren, a police light bar, a FLIR thermal imaging camera and a Dome radar marine scanner by Garmin. In the words of SFD Chief Joe Bertler, “This rescue boat will truly help us with our rescue efforts and cut down on response times during water emergencies.”


Pierce Manufacturing

Gilbert, AZ, Fire & Rescue integrated the Pierce Volterra electric pumper into its fleet at Station No. 2. Featuring a Pierce Velocity chassis, TAK-4 suspension, a 500-gallon tank, a 1,500-gpm pump and significant hose capacity, the electric pumper utilizes a patented parallel-electric drivetrain that allows zero-emissions operation via onboard batteries. This can be coupled to an internal combustion engine for uninterrupted power to the pumping or drive systems. Fire Chief Rob Duggan highlights the Volterra electric pumper’s fit with Gilbert’s “City of the Future” initiative, underscoring a safer working environment for firefighters with cleaner, diesel-exhaust-particle-free stations.


Road Rescue

The Fort Myers Beach, FL, Fire Control District took delivery of a Road Rescue Ultramedic medium-duty ambulance that’s mounted on a Freightliner M2 chassis. The ambulance boasts a 170-inch module that has an impressive 72 inches of interior headroom. Key features include ergonomic design; an advanced liquid spring suspension; relocated door handles; a ZICO electric O2 lift; a tire-pressure-monitoring system; a slide-out tool board that has SCBA mounts; LED flexible strip compartment lighting; a lighted ceiling medical device rail; antimicrobial grab handles; and Per4Max seat belts. The workstation at the squad bench forefront has three drawers and a biohazard waste system. Emergency response is further enhanced by the FERNO iNTraxx wall track system and the Brigade 360 camera system with Wi-Fi and 4G.


Rosenbauer America

Ventura County, CA, Fire Department’s new tractor-drawn aerial is the third of what soon will be five tillers in the department’s Rosenbauer fleet. This 100-foot SMART aerial is built on the Rosenbauer Commander chassis, which includes an 8-inch raised roof as well as Rosenbauer’s 1/8-inch aluminum FX body. The body, aerial and outriggers are hot-dipped galvanized for corrosion protection. The powertrain consists of a 600-hp Cummins X15 engine and an Allison 4500 EVS transmission. The rig has a 1,500-gpm Waterous CXVK pump that’s supplied by a 300-gallon water tank. Whelen emergency lighting illuminates the body and chassis.


Skeeter Emergency Vehicles

This highly custom Type 4 rescue-side for the Reeves County, TX, Emergency Services Districts Nos. 1 and 2 is based on a Ford F-750 4x4 chassis. Manufactured by Skeeter Emergency Vehicles, the vehicle features a Darley 2.5AGE 48K diesel pump that’s supplied by a 1,000-gallon tank. In addition, a 20-gallon Class A foam cell supplies a Scotty 4171 foam system. The custom SEV front bumper houses a TFT EF1 remote-controlled monitor as well as two independently switched ground sweep nozzles that are capable of 10 gpm per side. Additionally, the rescue-side body allows for well more than 100 sq. ft. of enclosed storage space.



This 105-foot aerial that was built for the Burlington Fire Department in Ontario, Canada, features a Spartan Gladiator ELFD chassis, a Cummins X12 500-hp engine and an Allison 4000 EVS transmission. Its Waterous CSU C20 pump flows 1,750 imperial gallons per minute. Other firefighting systems include a 400-imperial-gallon water tank and an Akron Brass StreamMaster II deck gun. The rig’s ZeroRPM idle-mitigation system reduces operating costs, engine wear and emissions.


Spartan Emergency Response

This Spartan ER IPS-NXT pumper was built on a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis. The vehicle is powered by a Cummins X12 500-hp engine and an Allison 3000 EVS transmission. Constructed for Vaughan, ON, Canada, Fire and Rescue Service, the rig is equipped with a Waterous CSU pump that flows 2,000 imperial gallons. It also is equipped to fight fire with its 420-imperial-gallon water tank and a Waterous Aquis 3.0 foam system that has a 20-imperial-gallon capacity. The pumper also features a ZeroRPM idle-mitigation system, which reduces operating costs, engine wear and emissions.



Travis County Emergency Services District #1, which is located outside of Austin, TX, took delivery of a new Sutphen SL 75 mid-mount aerial ladder. The rig holds 475 gallons of water, 25 gallons of foam, 83 feet of ground ladders and more than 230 cubic feet of compartment space. The vehicle serves as an ALS truck in addition to its firefighting responsibilities. Because of this, it was critical that the rig have ample room for medical bags, emergency medicine, firefighting equipment and anything else that’s needed by the emergency services district.


SVI Trucks

The Bargersville, IN, Community Fire Department took delivery of a new special operations heavy rescue that features a 26-foot stainless-steel SVI body that’s mounted on a 73-inch Sutphen chassis. The rig is powered by a Cummins X12 engine. The vehicle’s partial walk-in interior has cab walk-through and exterior side-door access for efficient rescue preparation. On the outside, heavy-duty swing doors, a Lista drawer cabinet and OnScene Solutions transverse cargo slides provide easy access to Bargersville’s many rescue tools for vehicle extrication, rope rescue, dive rescue, grain bin rescue and more. This truck was sold by Heritage Fire Equipment.


Wheeled Coach

Siddons-Martin Emergency Group delivered a 2022 Wheeled Coach “Texas Edition” to San Antonio District 7 Fire/Rescue. The ambulance, which is built on a Ford F-450 XLT chassis, is equipped with Wheeled Coach’s patented Cool-Bar, with a 12 VDC/110 VAC combination HVAC system that has a secondary mini evaporator. The patient compartment features dual side-door entry steps for ease of access; a modular side entry door that was relocated forward; spray foam insulation that encapsulates the entire modular body; a drop-down door compartment for stair chair storage; and all-aluminum cabinetry. The ambulance includes Per4Max safety harnesses and Whelen warning, load and scene lights.


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