Fire Engine Walkthrough

Moscow’s new fire engines have already
made a tremendous difference for our volunteer firefighters thanks to
improved features and technology. One new engine was partially funded by an Idaho
Community Development Block Grant with the remainder through the city’s
strategic efforts to fund fleet replacements. When a crew uses a new fire
engine during an emergency, the first thing they notice is a significantly
larger cabin that comfortably seats six firefighters. Previous models could only
seat five. Several seats include a self-contained breathing apparatus
allowing firefighters to get outfitted en route and be ready to perform their
duties as soon as they arrive on scene. Other accessories such as fully charged
lamps are also within easy reach. With both a digital and an air compressed
siren, the crew has plenty of options for announcing their presence while
traveling to an emergency. Between the siren and the diesel motor, the cab can
be quite noisy so the new engines have an internal communication system that
allows firefighters to communicate clearly with each other and with WITCOM’s dispatch personnel. These are also Moscow’s first fire engines to feature
air conditioners for our volunteers. With over seventy percent of the fire
department’s calls taking place concurrently, this amenity helps our
crews be cool for the next emergency. Easy access switches let the driver and
passenger operate safety equipment such as the automatic tire chain system.
Firefighters can activate these chains when traveling over snow and ice to
instantly gain traction. The new engines are also NFPA 1901 compliant, with many
other features that improve safety en route and on scene.
These include reflective chevron striping on the backs of emergency
vehicles, covered hoses, and fully enclosed seating compartments. Once the
crew arrives on scene, a series of floodlights mounted to the vehicle allow
crews to clearly assess the situation. Improved storage compartments feature
roll-up doors for quick access to the tools they need, even when parked in
tight spaces. Sliding shelves and pullout tool racks
help firefighters quickly access the equipment they need for the job.
Counterclockwise from the cab, the compartments are equipped with nozzles
and small tools, axes and demolition tools, ventilation equipment, a backboard,
an additional water line, a ladder and a pike, additional SCBA equipment,
large tools, oxygen tanks, and medical supplies. Internal tanks contain 750
gallons of water and conveniently located intakes allow for hydrant access.
Once connected, the fire engine has a pumping capacity of 1,500 gallons per
minute. A control station gives firefighters the capability to manage
water flows and the state-of-the-art foam suppression system. When the crew
returns to the station, the driver can safely back into the engine bay with
help from an exterior camera. This generation of pierce Sabre fire engines
is custom fabricated by a team in Brandon, Florida. They worked closely with
the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department and the City of Moscow to tailor each
apparatus to Moscow’s needs. Each engine is anticipated to serve our community
for 20 years

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