I stopped by the fire engine store the other day and spotted this beauty.
It is going to the San Bernardino National Forest, located in Southern California. It is a Type 3 engine, one that is designed to meet the Forest Service's needs while fighting wildfires.
I have always liked USFS engines, I think they are well designed, functional and built to last. This one has a few unique features which I like and think the K.B.F.P.D. would do well to copy.
I like the rear mount pump panel. I think it provides for better visibility when pumping. Just a few steps and you have a great view of three sides of the unit. It might be a disadvantage when working on a highway, but it might not be a common occurrence for this engine. I also like the ladder to the top of the rig and the step to the ladder.
It has a fairly spacious cab and plumbed in foam. One thing it doesn't have though, is four wheel drive. I like the added margin of capability that four wheel drive provides. Obviously, the USFS doesn't think this rig needs it, so they saved the added expense. It is still a very nice engine.
This new engine also came equipped with fancy new yellow safety vests. I felt safer just knowing they were in there. Maybe they counteract the added risk of a rear mount pump panel.
I am not sure what station this engine will be assigned to, I don't recognize the number. To my knowledge their stations are assigned two digit numbers. Regardless, some lucky crew is getting a new ride.
Thanks for reading,