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Posted on: November 21, 2019

Fire Engine Walkthrough

Front of Fire Engine 27

See why our newest Pierce Saber fire engines have made such a tremendous difference for our volunteer firefighters in Moscow, Idaho. Learn more about the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department at 

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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 (SCBA), 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. The new engines have an internal communications system that allows firefighters to communicate clearly with each other and with WHITCOM’s dispatch personnel.

These are also Moscow’s first fire engines to feature air conditioners for our volunteers. With over 70% 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 a crew arrives on scene, a series of floodlights are mounted to the vehicle so crews can 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 pull-out 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 Saber fire engines is custom fabricated by a team in Branderton, 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 twenty years. 

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