Jim, a reader and member of the Onesquethaw Vol. Fire Co. noted my affinity for white fire apparatus (the color not the manufacturer) and sent me a picture of Engine 25-30, a 2002 HME/Marion pumper-tanker from his department.
I like the way that this unit looks and there are several features on it that I like even more. First of all it's white, with subtle blue and gold accent lines on the cab, with the blue line continuing down the hose body. I also like the way the cab's roof-line is raised at the back, easing the transition to the large hose body. I find the name "Rolling White Thunder" to be appropriate and like that it's painted above the grill.
That large hose body covers a 2000 gallon water tank and a 1500 gpm pump. There is nothing that states "I have lots of water on board" like two rear axles and a plus sized hose body. As hydrants are few and far between in their part of Albany County, all of Onesquethaw's engines have at least 1000 gallon tanks. If there isn't water where you're going, you had better bring it with you.
The roll-up compartment doors are handy, it's pretty hard to rip them off if you try to leave the station with them open. Ask me how I know..
The swiveling front suction, mounted on the the front bumper is also a handy feature. It's pretty hard to miss a hydrant spot with one of these, they allow for a wide range of correction without moving the rig. If the pump and plumbing is tight enough, you can also draft with it.
How handy would it be it to just pull straight in to your water source, hook the hard suction to the swivel, then nose the bumper right up to or even slightly over the edge of the water source? I can tell you it's nice. We used to order them on our rigs, but have discontinued the practice. I missed them.
I thought this a nice rig and thought that I'd share it with you. Thanks to Jim for allowing me to post the picture and thanks to you for reading. Have a great weekend.