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12/31/2012 This Website - Happy Holidays Folks! I've been tinkering with the website by putting the news entries into a database that can be sorted and filtered more easily. I realize looking back at 10 years of entries below, that it might be neat to be able to filter and sort on Department(Hurst, D/FW Airport, Fort Worth, etc.), Brand(Crimson, Pierce, Rosenbauer, etc.), Category(Truck, Engine, Command, Facility, etc.). I've only imported 2012 entries into the database, and not sure how far back I'll go with the importing, but I'd like to at least have 2012 and forward in the database. It will help me make the listings more consistent and hopefully keep it working correctly. Let me know if you think of any ideas that might help make the database more useful to you as a buff, buyer, or dealer, and maybe I'll be able to include your idea in the new database. Here's my test page of the new database. I'm learning MySQL and PHP as I go, so there will be lots of tweaking and changes as I'm working on it. Eventually, I think I'll sandwich that page between the stuff above and below this area. Thanks for visiting and submitting information and photos. I really enjoy doing this, and hope you all enjoy it and find it useful.
12/30/2012 Rio Hondo - Just received their first Spartan ERV Legend Pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features Spartan ERV's Legend Series Body, Cummins ISC 330hp engine, Waterous 1500GPM pump, 1000 gallon UPF water tank and Whelen 600 series emergency lighting, on an International 4-Door chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
12/30/2012 Eagle Lake - Just received their Metro Fire Apparatus brush truck from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features Metro's aluminum Body, Ford Powerstroke engine, Hale HP 200 pump, 500 gallon poly water tank, CET class "A" system, Akron Scene Star scene lighting and Whelen M6 series emergency lighting, on an Ford 2-Door chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
12/30/2012 Southlake - The new fire station/training facility is going up at the northeast corner of Dove and White Chapel.
12/28/2012 Bedford - Worked a garage/car fire on Shady Grove this evening. Hurst provided mutual aid. Here are a few photos I took.
12/22/2012 Richardson - Has a new Engine 1. It's a 2012 E-One Cyclone II 2000-500 (SO # 137204), and went into service about a month ago. Thanks to Lindsay
12/18/2012 Keller - Has new Smeal 100' rear mount platform, tandem axle, with a red aerial, white body, and very nice gold leaf. There's one photo on the Smeal Facebook page, but it's not a good angle. Here are some photos from 12/18/2012, when Keller Fire Rescue presented the new Truck 584 to the city council. I think this is my new favorite truck. The colors are awesome.
12/17/2012 Forest Hill - Just placed an order for their first Spartan ERV pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features Spartan ERV's Star Series Body with smart storage, Cummins ISL 400hp engine, Waterous 1500GPM pump, 750 gallon UPF water tank, Spartan ERV Rapid CAFS w/30 gallon foam tank, Whelen Pioneer Scene lights, and Whelen 600 series emergency lighting, on a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
12/17/2012 Arlington - Took delivery of another SVI rescue from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc(click here for photo). This unit features a 20' aluminum body, specialized storage for air shores, panels, lumber and a hydraulic power plant. It has Whelen Pioneer scene lighting and Whelen LED lighting all on an International Dura Star chassis. This truck will take the place of the truck trailer combination that currently serves the Trench Rescue portion of the Technical Rescue team at Fire station 8. Their current 30' trailer will be retired and the F550 rescue chassis/body will serve as their high angle rescue vehicle. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
12/16/2012 Frisco and Prosper - Both have apparatus under construction at Pierce according to the Siddons-Martin website.
12/13/2012 Haltom City - Recently took delivery of a Rosenbauer 78’ rear mount aerial ladder(click here for photo). The truck has the Rosenbauer fx aluminum body, with Robinson roll up doors, side stacker style hose bed, 1500 GPM Waterous single stage pump, 400 gallon poly tank, full complement of ground ladders, rear mount 3-section 78’ hot dipped galvanized ladder, built on the Rosenbauer Commander R600 custom cab/chassis powered by a 450 hp Cummins engine, Allison automatic transmission. Thanks to Daco Fire Equipment
12/8/2012 Somervell County - Has a new 2012 Spartan Gladiator Evolution-Crimson 2000-300-100' RM Platform (Crimson # 211123-01) for Ladder 1. It went into service in Glen Rose 12/4/2012. Here' s the official word from MFAS - Just took delivery of their first Spartan ERV Heavy Duty 100' aerial platform quint from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. Ladder 1 features Spartan ERV's star series body with smart storage, greaseless 100' 1000lb tip load ladder with RASP (Roll Assisted Slide Pads), ERV's smart hose loader, two (2) Task Force Tips Typhoon monitors, Harrison 10kw generator, Waterous 2000gpm pump, 300 gallon water tank, Holmatro EPU 60 Electric pump with front and rear core outlets, and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator Chassis. In addition, The Somervell County Fire Department also bought a full complement of equipment all custom mounted by the Make-ready division of Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc.
Thanks to Lindsay and Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc.
12/8/2012 Hurst - I took a few photos at a 2 Alarm fire at TCC NE Campus this afternoon. Hurst had help from North Richland Hills, Bedford, Fort Worth, D/FW Airport, and maybe some others that I missed.
12/7/2012 D/FW Airport - Has an Oskosh Striker being built according to the Siddons-Martin website.
12/6/2012 Bexar County - Fire marshal office will be taking delivery of a new Rosenbauer “Smart Cab” walk-in rescue vehicle (photograph here). The chassis is a 2-door Kenworth with the Smart Cab option, seating for two (2) with high back swivel seats, a removable work table, air conditioning. aluminum 15’ Walkin rescue body with hinged doors. Loaded with exterior storage space with roll out trays, roll out tool boards, shelves and dividers. 25kw Onan PTO generator, Command CL-602 light tower with (6) Whelen LED lightheads, two (2) power cord reels. Whelen LED warning light system, extended front bumper with a Dederal Q2B siren. Walk-in area has five (5) cabinets with sliding plexiglass doors and adjustable shelves, 3-person flip down seat, map desk, console for a TV w/VCR/DVD player, magnetic grease board, 120 volt a/c unit for the interior rated at 13.5 cooling BTUs and 5.o heating BTUs. Thanks to Daco Fire Equipment
12/1/2012 Prosper - Has a new Pierce apparatus being built according to the Siddons-Martin website.
12/1/2012 E V E N T - Azle -"The City of Azle cordially invites you to a community Open House and Statue Unveiling for Azle Fire Station No. 52(click for photo), December 1, 2012,12:00 - 4:00 p.m., 900 Lakeview Drive (corner of Denver Trail and Lakeview Dr) " (click here for .pdf version).
11/28/2012 E V E N T - BURN(click for .pdf) is an action-packed documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters. But BURN isn’t just about Detroit firefighters. It’s about ALL national first responders, whose budgets are on the chopping block. It’s about the people you hope will make it to YOUR house when there’s a fire. BURN is not fully funded for release. With your help, we can get BURN finished and in front of a wide audience, who can change the conversation for this country’s first responders. Produced & Directed by Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez detroitfirefilm.org | facebook.com/burnfilm DALLAS, TX NOVEMBER 28 @ 7:30PM TEXAS THEATER 231 West Jefferson Boulevard Dallas, TX 75208 - Thanks to Kim
11/27/2012 Prairie View A & M - Just received their first Crimson Legend Pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features Crimson Legend Series Body, Cummins ISL 425hp engine, Waterous 1500GPM pump, 1000 gallon UPF water tank, Waterous Aquis foam system w/30 gallon foam tank, Whelen Pioneer Scene lights, and Whelen "M" series emergency lighting, on a Spartan Metro Star MFD 10" raised roof chassis. Click here for a photo of Engine 82. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
11/22/2012 Haltom City - Here's a sneak peak of the new Rosenbauer Truck or Quint 471. Thanks to Zack
11/12/2012 Fort Worth - Has a new Mobile Thermal Treatment Unit from NABCO, Inc., for the Fire Department on the city council agenda. "The Fire Department will use this Mobile Thermal Treatment Unit (MTTU) to destroy live ammunition, pyrotechnics, illegal drugs, and other confiscated materials. The MTTU utilizes radiant burn design, eliminating direct burning of ammunition and has an active multi-staged filtration system that meets the Clean Air Act regulations for brass ammunition. The unit is designed to contain an accidental high-order detonation of up to two pounds of Trinitrotoluene (TNT) explosive. This capability is due to specialized use of United States Military Specification Steel and proprietary construction procedures.
11/08/2012 Temple - Just took delivery of their fourth Spartan ERV Pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. Engine 8 features Spartan ERV's star series body with smart storage, SVI Knight Light telescoping scene light, Waterous 2000gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 1600 Class A system with 30 gallon foam tank, TFT Hurricane RC remote control deck gun and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator EMFD Chassis. In addition, The Temple Fire Department also bought a full complement of equipment all custom mounted by the Make-ready division of Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. Thanks to MFAS
11/6/2012 Fort Worth - It's not a fire truck, but worth mentioning. It is recommended that the City Council authorize the purchase of a police rapid deployment vehicle from The Armored Group, LLC, using General Services Administration Cooperative contract number GS-30F-0020W for the Police Department in the amount of $61,343.00. Click here for the complete city council agenda item.
10/23/2012 Travis County ESD #11 - Will be taking delivery of two (2) Rosenbauer custom pumpers in the upcoming weeks. The trucks(click for photo) are built on the Rosenbauer Commander 3000 series custom tilt cab chassis. 11” raised roof 3/16” aluminum cab, seating for six, Cummins ISL engine, Allison EVS3000 automatic transmission, CT aluminum rescue style body, Robinson roll up doors, ladder tunnel with rear access, 750 gallon poly tank, side mount control panel, Waterous 1500 GPM single stage pump. Thanks to Ed at Daco Fire Equipment
10/22/2012 Red Oak - Just took delivery of their second Spartan ERV Pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. Engine 181 features Spartan ERV's star series body with smart storage, SVI Shadow telescoping scene light, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 1600 Class A system with 30 gallon foam tank and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star EMFD Chassis. In addition, The Red Oak Fire Department also bought a full complement of equipment all custom mounted by the Make-ready division of Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
10/22/2012 Athens - Just took delivery of their first Spartan ERV Heavy Duty 103' aerial quint from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. Quint 1 features Spartan ERV's star series body with smart storage, greaseless 103' 750lb tip load ladder with RASP (Roll Assisted Slide Pads) and Elkhart wireless monitor, Harrison 10kw generator, Hale 2000gpm pump, 600 gallon water tank, and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator Chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
10/7/2012 Grand Prairie - With some help from Arlington, fought a 3 Alarm apartment fire this morning. Here are a few of the photos that I took.
9/27/2012 Haltom City - Recently purchased a Rosenbauer 78’ rear mount aerial ladder, complete with green star “IRT” generator system, with Rosenbauer’s new commander custom cab. This unit will replace the departments 2000 model American LaFrance that recently burned. Delivery to be mid November, 2012. They also purchased a 100’ Rosenbauer “Smart Ladder” mid-mount aerial platform. The unit will be built on the Rosenbauer commander cab/chassis, aluminum body, and four section mid-mount platform. Delivery to be October, 2013. Thanks to Ed at Daco Fire Equipment
9/27/2012 Celina - Here's a StarLocalNews.com article about 3 new vehicles Celina recently purchased, a Suburban for a Command vehicle, a Chevy 1 ton Brush truck, and Dodge/Frazier ambulance.
9/25/2012 Arlington - Here's a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about Texas Rangers Baseball player, Nelson Cruz, AMR, and the Rangers donating a fire trucks and ambulances. Cruz purchased an all terrain pickup chassis type engine, to donate to his hometown in the Dominican Republic. AMR ambulance service heard about it, and decided to donate a couple of ambulances, and the Rangers are helping with shipping them there. On a similar note, Arlington FD is donating an old engine to the Arlington ISD for their high school firefighting academy.
9/24/2012 Fort Worth - The Bolt Street shop is preparing a new Pierce/Ford 550 crew cab for Attack 29. It's a copy of Attack 33, and should enter service next week. It will replace Brush 29, which will likely be reassigned to another station. Several engines will once again be temporarily striped in pink and have the Breast Cancer Awareness Month ribbon and graphics for the next couple of months. The new Engine 22 is one of them. The old Engine 40's pink stripes remain, and is stored at Bolt Street. Attack 35, a Rosenbauer Panther 4x4 1500 GPM/Gallon ARFF is in service at Alliance Airport. The Ambulance-Bus that Medstar will operate and store at Station 5, was at Bolt St for final preparation(see the article mentioned below for more details). Here are a couple photos of the inside, 1, 2, 3. In addition to a 40KW portable generator stored at Bolt Street, there is a new cooling trailer for use at large brush fires or other prolonged incidents in the heat. Thanks to Jeff
9/22/2012 Paris - Has a new TIFMAS Type VI engine in service. It's marked "E6-63" as seen in this photo. It will be stationed at the Central Fire Station in Paris, on N. Main Street. It will respond to fires inside Paris as well as mutual aid responses per the agreement with TIFMAS. It's a 2012 Ford F-550 Super Duty/Skeeter Brush Truck with 250GPM pump, and 400 gallon booster tank, and 9,500 lb winch. Thanks to Matthew
9/21/2012 Westlake - Will be taking delivery of their new Rosenbauer Mini-Rescue with a CAFS skid. Photo 1, 2. The Rosenbauer Mini Rescue, has a 12’ aluminum body with hinged flush mounted doors, ladder and backboard storage, two (2) hose beds, Whelen LED warning light package, Daco replacement front bumper with Akron remote controlled bumper monitor, winch mounted on a Ford F-550 4x4 2-door Super Cab with two-tone paint, diesel engine, automatic transmission, 19,500# GVW., department furnished the CAFS skid. Thanks to Ed at Daco Fire Equipment
9/16/2012 Flower Mound - Here's a photo of the new Engine 505, that went into service 9/14/2012. It's a 2012 Pierce Velocity 1500-400-75' RM (Pierce Job # 25384). Thanks to Lindsay
9/15/2012 Parker County ESD 1 - Recently purchased two Pierce Impel pumpers and an IHC Responder. Thanks to Travis at Siddons-Martin
9/14/2012 Grand Prairie - Has an apparatus being built at Pierce, according to the Siddons-Martin website.
9/7/2012 Fort Worth - Medstar in association with FWFD and local hospitals, now has a Multi Patient Vehicle/15 patient bus described in this Fort Worth Star-Telegram article. It will be housed at station 5.
9/4/2012 Arlington - Has a couple of city council items on the agenda of interest. "Purchase of a Fire Technical Rescue Truck (MO#09042012-004) Authorize the City Manager or his designee to approve the purchase of a fire technical rescue truck with Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. of Houston, Texas, through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program in the estimated amount of $299,994, and execute any and all documents necessary to carry out such purchase. Funds are available in the 2010 UASI CDWG Grant Fund account 228881 68200 228878.
Purchase of Two Chevrolet Silverado Trucks (MO#09042012-005) Authorize the City Manager or his designee to approve the purchase of two 2013 Chevrolet Silverado trucks with Caldwell Country Chevrolet of Caldwell, Texas, through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program in the estimated amount of $100,030, and execute any and all documents necessary to carry out such purchase. Funds are budgeted in Fire Department account 220801 68200. " - UPDATED 9/14/2012 Just placed an order for a replacement Technical Rescue apparatus built by SuperVac from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist, Inc. This unit features SVI's 22' aluminum rescue body with custom interior to accommodate the trench rescue portion of the technical rescue team including panels and timber and will feature all Whelen LED lighting all on an International 4-Door chassis. Delivery is expected in January.
8/27/2012 Arlington - Just did a final inspection on a new Dive/Swift water rescue(Rescue 7) apparatus built by SuperVac from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist, Inc. This features SVI's custom interior with space for wet suits to hang and dry, SCUBA seats, a work desk with built in tool/part cabinet, Carefree awning, Dometic RV AC, Whelen LED lighting and 8kw Onan generator all on a Freightliner chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
8/21/2012 Fort Worth - Awarded a contract for design and construction of the new police and fire training facility to be located at the former federal depot on Felix and Hemphill. Please visit this Star-Telegram blog for more details.
8/21/2012 Ennis - Has a new truck in service. It replaces the truck that was destroyed at a fire last year. The replacement "Truck 2" is a 2012 Sutphen 2000/400 100ft mid mount platform. Thanks to Michael
8/21/2012 Corsicana - Just took delivery of their first Spartan ERV 100' platform quint from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. Here are some photos (1, 2). This unit features Spartan ERV's star series body, greaseless 100' platform ladder with RASP (Roll Assisted Slide Pads) and dual TFT Monsoon guns, Harrison 10kw generator, Waterous 2000gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 1600 Class A system with 30 gallon foam tank and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator Chassis. In addition, The Corsicana Fire Department also bought a full complement of equipment all custom mounted by the Make-ready division of Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
8/13/2012 Bedford - Is looking for recruits for it's Citizens Fire Academy. They need people to sign up so they can have a class this fall. If you are like me and not a firefighter, but want to learn more about the fire service, a Citizen's Fire Academy is a great way to know more. If you live or work in Bedford, you are eligible. Please visit the CFA Alumni Association's website for more information, and an application. Please sign up by 8/25/2012.
8/12/2012 Irving - Worked a 3 alarm apartment fire in the 5000 block of Courtside this evening. Here are a few of the photos that I shot.
8/12/2012 Grand Prairie - Has a new 2012 Pierce Arrow XT #25392 (1500/475/20f-A/CAFS) in service for Engine 2. Thanks to Eric
8/12/2012 Electra - Vol. fire department will be taking delivery of their new Rosenbauer commercial Firestar 1250 GPM pumper(pictured here) on Monday, August 13th. The truck is built on a 2-door 4400 Series International cab/chassis, diesel engine, Allison automatic transmission. The Rosenbauer FX aluminum body with hinged doors has a 1000 gallon poly tank, Hale DSD 1250 single stage pump, stainless steel plumbing, front bumper discharge, (2) crosslays, three (3) 2-1/2” discharges, one (1) 3” right side discharge, top mount control panel, FRC focus D15 HID pole lights, Whelen led warning light package. Thanks to Ed Beene of Daco Fire Equipment
8/7/2012 Frisco - Here's an NBC 5 online story about Frisco's growth, the newly opened Station 7, and the first steps towards building Station 8.
7/3/2012 Joshua - The city of Joshua has started construction of a new fire station located on N. Main St. Thanks to Jordan
7/29/2012 Burleson - I'm not sure how new this Rescue 171 is, but it is new to me. Thanks to Jordan
7/27/2012 Rio Vista - Just took delivery of their first Spartan ERV tanker from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. It's marked Tanker 176. This unit features a 3000 gallon poly tank, 750GPm Hale pump, storage for a dump tank and two hard suctions in the rear and all Whelen LED lighting all in an International chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
7/25/2012 Sanger - Has a new brush truck running as Brush 671. Thanks to Zackery
7/22/2012 Cedar Hill - Has a new 2012 Pierce Dash CF 1500-500 (Pierce Job # 25027) running as Engine 213. It should be in service within 1-2 months. The engine will be on display at the IAFC Convention in Denver next month. This is also the first Dash CF to be built and sold to a department. Thanks to Lindsay
7/22/2012 Pierce Mfg - Will be featured on American Factory, on the Destination TV channel Sunday morning, at 9:30, Trek Bicycles will be featured at 10:30AM.
7/20/2012 Sheppard AFB - Has a new P-24 Rapid Intervention Vehicle in service, described at this link. Thanks to David
7/15/2012 Plano - Here's an article about Plano adding a second brush truck. "The new brush truck is the property of the Texas Forest Service, which is lending the truck to Plano with the understanding it will be available for regional and state-wide use."
7/12/2012 Tarrant County ESD#1 - Just placed their first order for two Spartan ERV tankers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. One will be a 3000 and one a 2000 gallon. The 2000 gallon will be on a Spartan Metro Star EMFD with APS (Advanced Protection System) air bags that includes drivers and officers knee bags, drivers steering wheel and complete anti ejection side curtains for all occupants. The 3000 gallon will be on a Spartan Gladiator EMFD chassis with APS. Both will have a Waterous 1250gpm pumps, Spartan ERV’s One-Touch CAFS systems with a 75 gallon foam tank for the 3000 gallon and 50 for the 2000 gallon. Both will have Xtreme duty interiors with Sparliner spray on bedliner, Whelen M6 emergency lighting and Pioneer scene lights. Delivery is expected at the beginning of the year. Thanks to Brian
7/10/2012 Fort Worth and Arlington - Have joined the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, according to this Fort Worth Star-Telegram Article.
7/10/2012 Fort Worth - There's mention of $77M for a Police and Fire Training Facility as well as $4M for fire equipment in this city council agenda item. Here's an article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about the center.
7/5/2012 Fort Worth - The new Smeal 105' rear mount Quint 9 is in service. I'd like to visit Station 9 soon, and get some photos, but until then, here's a link to the Spartan Chassis site with a couple of photos. Brush trucks for 13, 29, 36 are in make-ready. Thanks to Captain Robertson
7/5/2012 Insurance Companies Sending Crews to Protect homes - Fort Worth Star-Telegram Article
7/5/2012 Farmers Branch - Has a new 2012 Pierce Quantum 1500-500 (Pierce Job # 25316) in service as Engine 132. Thanks to Lindsay
6/26/2012 American Eurocopter - Had a flight demonstration of their new X3 helicopter for public safety customers today, at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport. Thanks to my friend Mark for the heads-up. I had a good view of the demo and their fire apparatus.
6/26/2012 Little Elm - Fire Department has a new Medic 621, a Frazer Bilt Ambulance with a Dodge 4500 cab. Thanks to Christian
6/25/2012 Keller - Administration will from it's current location on Main St. to the new Town Hall, according to this Times-Register article.
6/23/2012 Plano - Is celebrating its 125th birthday according to this online article. June 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heritage Far mstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. Free. 972-881-0140. heritagefarmstead.org.
6/21/2012 Fort Worth - Has a Pierce being built according to the Siddons-Martin website.
6/18/2012 Aubrey - Has a Pierce Velocity SLT on the way to replace an old Ford. Thanks to Travis
6/18/2012 Cedar Hill - Should receive the first Pierce Dash CF soon. Thanks to Travis
6/18/2012 D/FW Airport - Has 4 Oshkosh Striker 8x8s (without Snozzels) on order that should be ready by the end of the year. Thanks to Travis
6/18/2012 Grand Prairie - Has a new Pierce Arrow XT for Engine 2. Thanks to Travis
6/18/2012 Union Pacific Railroad - Added (2) Peterbuilt/Pierce HAZMAT units to their fleet. One will cover this side of the Rocky Mountains and the other is going to California. Thanks to Travis
6/18/2012 Frisco - Has a new station 7 at 330 W Stonebrook Parkway. They went into service 6/7/2012. There's a new 2012 Pierce Velocity 1500-400-75' (Pierce Job # 26020) running as Engine 607. Thanks to Lindsay
6/11/2012 Dallas - Here's a photo of the new Engine 46. It's a 2011 Spartan Gladiator-Crimson 1500-500 (Crimson # 211046-04; Dallas Shop # 11093). With this one, all 11 new engines received in late 2011 are now in service. These are at 8, 13, 15, 18, 22, 28, 37, 38, 46, 50 & 57. The 3 new trucks received at the end of 2011 are at 11, 34, & 41. Thanks to Lindsay for the photos and facts.
6/9/1012 Hewitt - Just placed an order for their first Spartan ERV pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features Crimson Star Series Body, Cummins ISL 400hp engine, Waterous 1500GPM pump, 750 gallon UPF water tank, Waterous Advantus 3 foam system w/30 gallon foam tank, Whelen Pioneer Scene lights, and Whelen 600 series emergency lighting, on a Spartan Metro Star MFD 10” raised roof chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
6/9/2012 Bedford - I was at station 1 today for CFAAA Rehab team training, and saw the new Zodiac - SW15.
6/4/2012 Eustace Area - Took delivery of a new 4 Door International Pumper(photo of Engine 1) this week. This is Eustace Area Fire Department's first new Pumper. This unit will allow a crew of 5 to respond to an emergency with 4 being able to step off the unit fully "dressed and packed out" and ready for rescue/firefighting. The E-One pumper has a 1250 gallon per min pump, 1000 gallons of water, scene lighting, foam capability and much needed equipment to do their job. Thanks to Randy Harley, E-One Sales, Hall-Mark, Texas, Van Alstyne
6/4/2012 Early - Vol. fire department has purchased a 3000 gallon Rosenbauer CT aluminum body with hinged doors, commercial tanker, 750 GPM PTO pump, Foampro system with 30 gallon tank, front bumper discharge, booster reel and two speedlays, a 10” rear Newton dump valve with a 2-1/2” rear direct tank fill. All Whelen LED warning light system. To be built on a Peterbilt 6x4 2-door cab/chassis, Cummins ISX diesel engine, Allison 4000EVS automatic transmission. Thanks to DACO Fire Equipment
6/4/2012 Southlake - Here's a Star-Telegram article about Southlake's 3rd public safety station, which will be built at the northeast corner of Dove and White Chapel. The article states "The $13.1 million DPS North facility is expected to open in fall 2013 with a fire station that will include a garage for the fire trucks and living quarters for the firefighters as well as an underground gun range and training classrooms for fire and police. Here's another article from the Southlake Times Star.
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/06/04/4007224/new-fire-station-will-be-built.html#storylink=cpy"
6/4/2012 Dallas - Here's a photo of the new Truck 11, a 2011 Spartan Gladiator-Crimson 100' RM (Crimson # 211048-01; Dallas Shop # 11213). Thanks to Lindsay
5/17-22/2012 Arizona & Utah - Here are photos of some of the apparatus I saw on my vacation trip to The Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks. It's beautiful out there, and I hope everyone gets to see it some day.
5/23/2012 Ford - Here's an article about a "concept fire truck" that was used after the Arlington tornados earlier this year
5/23/2012 Rowlett - Has a new ambulance at station 4 It appears to be the same Dodge style as the others, but marked "M4". Thanks to Jesse
5/19/2012 Briaroaks E V E N T - Will be hosting a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 11:00pm - 6:00pm to commemorate the opening of their new fire station 2. The new station is located at 8232 County Road 528 just off of East Renfro. Click here for more information. Thanks to Jordan.
5/18/2012 Dallas - City Council member Ms. Monica Alonzo, Fire Chief Louie Bright III and members of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department are proud to announce the opening of Fire Station #50, located at 841 South Walton Walker Boulevard. The brand new fire station will go into service for emergency operations, at 12:00 noon, on Friday, May 18, 2012, and will be staffed with an engine (2011 Spartan Gladiator-Crimson 1500-500 (Crimson # 211047-01; Dallas Shop # 11090)) and rescue unit. Thanks to Terry and Lindsay
5/7/2012 Grapevine - Will be getting Opticon GPS. Check out the Grapevine Courier article for details.
5/6/2012 Dallas - Here's another new Crimson in service as Engine 38. It's a 2011 Spartan Gladiator-Crimson 1500-500 (Crimson # 211046-05; Dallas Shop # 11094). Thanks to Lindsay
5/5/2012 Bedford - Worked an apartment fire this evening. They made a great knockdown. Here are some photos that I took.
5/5/2012 D/FW Airport - Has a new Airbus 380 Mockup for the fire training facility, according to the SkyTalk blog of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
5/5/2012 Little Elm E V E N T - Saturday, May 5th at 1:30 will be the grand opening ceremony for Little Elm Fire Department's new Central Station/Public Safety Center. Everyone is welcome to attend. There mention of it at this link as well. Thanks to Christian
5/3/2012 Fort Worth - I heard Attack 44 checking radios on a new apparatus today.
4/30/2012 Arlington - Fire station 17 opened today at 4016 N. Collins. This is a temporary station provide by the Huffines group for their Viridian Housing Community. The permanent station will be build further east of the current location once more infrastructure is developed. The station will house E-17’s new 2011 Spartan ERV 1250gpm pumper, Brush 17 and Rescue 17, a Polaris ATV used for River Legacy Park. Thanks to Brian and Bob
4/30/2012 Dallas - Truck 34 went into service 2/2/2012. It's a 2011 Spartan Gladiator-Crimson 100' RM (Crimson # 211048-02; Dallas Shop # 11214). Thanks to Lindsay
4/30/2012 Dallas - Here are the new Engines 50 and 57 (Went in to service 5/3/2012. It's a 2011 Spartan Gladiator-Crimson 1500-500 (Crimson # 211046-09; Dallas Shop # 11098)). Thanks to Joseph and Lindsay
4/28/2012 Fort Worth E V E N T - Will have a grand opening ceremony for the new Station 5. Check out the press release here. Here are a few photos I took. Thanks to Captain Robertson for greeting me. He mentioned that the new Quint 9 will probably be ready in a few weeks, Station 5 will house the new Engine 5 as well as EMS 99. He also said that Attack 35, a 4x4 Rosenbauer Panther is now in service at Alliance Airport. He confirmed that the old Rescue 14 is now running as Rescue 38. Thanks to Terry
4/25/2012 Dallas - Station 50 will open at 0700 hours on Friday, May 18, 2012. address is 841 S. Walton Walker Blvd. It will be in Battalion.6's District and house Engine.50 and Rescue.50. Thanks to Michael
4/25/2012 Dallas - The city has purchased a vacant lot and a pool hall just down the street from 37's current location, and they are supposed to be responding from there late next year. Thanks to Thomas
4/23/2012 Dallas - Here is a shot of the new Engine 37 which went into service 4-19-12. Lindsay says, "Thanks to Lt. Weaver and "B" Shift for their assistance in staging the apparatus." 2011 Spartan Gladiator-Crimson 1500-500 (Crimson # 211046-10; Dallas Shop # 11099). And here's another new engine, 18. 2011 Spartan Gladiator-Crimson 1500-500 (Crimson # 211046-06; Dallas Shop # 11095). Thanks to Lindsay
4/19/2012 Fort Worth - A new Quint 9 has arrived at the Bolt St. Shop. Thanks to Don
4/18/2012 Parker County - ESD #6 has taken delivery of their 3rd “Brushfighter” series small CAFS brush truck from Daco Fire Equipment. The unit is built on a Dodge 5500 4x4 2-door cab/chassis, 84” cab to axle, diesel engine with automatic transmission, 19,500# gvw. The extruded aluminum body has a front gated work station area with push in gates. Waterous DS100-50 CAFS skid, 400/20 gallon poly tank, Hannay hose reel with a front Akron brass bumper monitor, remote controlled in the cab. aluminum treadplate body storage compartments. The body is built at the Daco fire fab shop located in Lubbock. Thanks to Ed
4/14/2012 Dallas - Here's another view of Truck 41 a 2011 Spartan Gladiator-Crimson 100' RM (Crimson # 211058-01; Dallas Shop # 11215). and also Engine 13 a 2011 Spartan Gladiator-Crimson 1500-500 (Crimson # 211046-08; Dallas Shop # 11097).. Thanks to Lindsay.
4/13/2012 Grand Prairie - Add them to the list of units in production at Pierce from the Siddons-Martin site.
4/12/2012 Crimson now Spartan ERV - Here's a press release. I kind of like the Crimson logo better.
4/11/2012 Hutchins - Fire Rescue just took delivery of a new Frazer Bilt Ambulance. This is their second Frazer ambulance. It unit replaces a 12 year old Wheel Coach Ambulance. Info about Ambulance: Delivered on 4/9/12. Put into service 4/11/12 at Hutchins Fire Rescue Station #2 as unit 701. Frazer Bilt Type I Generator Powered 14" Module Mounted on a 2012 Ford F-450 Diesel. Module powered by a Onan 5.5 Gasoline Generator. Has Whelen M6 LED warning lights and Whelen LED Traffic Advisor. Carson Amplifier with dual 100Watt Sirens. LED Interior Module lights. Has Pioneer LED scene lights mounted on both sides of unit and one mounted on the front of the box. Thanks to Kyle
4/10/2012 Dallas - Here's what appears to be another new one for Dallas. A Rosenbauer Panther ARFF marked "1" for Dallas Love Field, that Thomas caught being delivered by flatbed. And here's confirmation and a clean shot from the Rosenbauer site. Thanks Thomas and John
4/8/2012 Dallas - Has new Truck 41, similar to the new Truck 11, and here's a photo. New Truck 41 Shop #: 11215. Funny tidbit is that this Truck sits 3" shorter than the other new build rear mounts due to the low clearances at Station 41. And even then, the clearance is inches. Sounds like there's not much room in or around this station. Thanks to Jordan & Joseph
4/8/2012 Fort Worth - The new station 5 is now open on Evans. Thanks to Don
4/7/2012 Flower Mound, Grapevine, Cedar Hill, Farmers Branch - All Pierce apparatus being built now, according to the Siddons-Martin site.
4/3/2012 Arlington - Squad 4 went into service on 4/2/2012 out of fire station 4 on the city's west side, with their new specially equipped 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe. Squad 4 will provide EMS first response duties staffed with two people. This is the second squad placed into service in Arlington. Squad 2 has been providing EMS first response duties on the east side since March 4, 2011. Squad 2 also received their new 2012 Tahoe yesterday. It replaces a 2005 Chevrolet suburban. Thanks to Brian
4/3/2012 Mansfield - Has a new Horton ambulance designated as Medic 3. Thanks to Brantley
4/2/2012 CareFlite - CareFlite Ground division in Johnson County took delivery of the first of five new ambulances today(click for photo). All units will look alike when delivered. The new units feature 2 forward facing seats vs. standard bench seat, rear air dumps for easier patient unloading, retractable side step that actuates with side door, new designed ALS stack compartments, 360 degree Whelen Super LED lighting package, dual siren with growler low tone all on a 2012 Ford F450 Chasis. Thanks to Jordan
3/30/2012 El Paso - Is preparing to put into service a Rosenbauer 78’ rear mount 3-section aerial ladder as Quint 18. The truck was purchased thru HGAC cooperative purchasing from DACO fire equipment. the truck is built on a Spartan Metro Star chassis, Rosenbauer aluminum body, side load hose bed, 1500 GPM pump with a Waterous 200-SP CAFS system. Thanks to Ed
3/30/2012 D/FW Airport - Has some more 6 more ARRF apparatus coming from Siddons-Martin. This according to the 4/5/2012 board agenda. "Approve Authorization to Award Purchase Order 263459, for Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Apparatus, to Siddons Martin Emergency Group, LLC, in the amount of $6,397,762.80." "Existing apparatus will be traded−in on the new apparatus. Four (4) 2004 Oshkosh 4500 at $62,000.00 each (Total: $248,000.00) Two (2) 1999 Ford F550 RIV at $5,500.00 each (Total: $11,000.00)"
3/29/2012 Arlington - Here's an interesting agenda item from the city council. In accordance with the Viridian Project Finance Plan and Development Agreement the Viridian Municipal Management District is delivering to the City at no cost a fire engine for the sole purpose of providing fire fighting capabilities and emergency services to serve the area of the VMMD and surrounding area. The proposed Fire Engine Lease Agreement shall continue until the City’s final inspection and approval of a permanent fire station, at which time, the Lease shall terminate and the fire engine will be conveyed to City. During the term of the lease the City will be responsible for all operational, preventative maintenance and repair costs associated with the fire engine. You can read more at this link.
3/24/2012 Farmers Branch - Has a new apparatus being built by Pierce.
3/18/2012 Dallas - Has a new Engine 15, a 2011 Spartan Gladiator-Crimson 1500-500 (Crimson # 211046-01; Dallas Shop # 11080). They also have taken delivery of 11 other new engines. Thanks to Lindsay
3/18/2012 Rosenbauer - A cycling friend sent me this photo of a Rosenbauer Viper Smart Aerial demo that he saw at DACO/Emergency Vehicles of Texas. Thanks to Bill
3/18/2012 Fort Worth - Here's a link to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about new public safety headquarters and training facilities.
3/16/2012 Cedar Hill - has an apparatus(what appears to be an engine) being built at Pierce.
3/16/2012 Watauga - has a Pierce Velocity 75' Quint, unit Q311, that appears to be complete at Pierce.
3/5/2012 Wylie - Has a new Battalion Chief vehicle. It's a 2012 Chevy 2500 4x4 with Duramax Diesel Here's a youtube of it. Here's a photo of the right, front, and one of the rear. It was constructed by WFR personnel, and will be used by the shift commander on duty. It was placed in service on March 2nd. Thanks to Brian, Jesse and Gary
E V EN T 3/3/202 Farmers Branch - Will have a grand opening of their new station 1 at 13601 Webb Chapel, from 10AM to Noon. See this link for more details. Thanks to Mark
E V E N T 2/27/2012 to 3/15/2012 - Pierce Road Rally Southwest - at D/FW Fire Station 6 on the 29th. Tell them you heard it about it here, and maybe they'll hook me up with some good swag! Here are my photos from today. It was good to see Russell, Roger, Travis in person. Thanks for the goodies and meal.
2/26/2012 Irving - I was visiting the Irving Firefighters Memorial in Irving this morning, since they had asked to use a couple of my photos. On the way back, I heard a call for a car fire, and I was able to catch Engine 6 in action. Here are a few photos.
E V E N T 2/25/2012 Southlake - Has a safety fair from 10AM to 1PM at Bob Jones park. See the Southlake Journal article for more details.
2/12/2012 Arlington - Just did the final inspection on from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. These units are exact duplicates of the previous orders with some technology enhancements. One of these engines will serves as engine 17, the newest fire station to open in North Arlington in April. The other two will replace 2003 and 2004 model Crimsons at FS’s 3 & 7. Three more identical units have been ordered with delivery expected in October. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
2/6/2012 Allen - Here are some nice shots of Allen's Station 5 and their new Truck 5, that should go into service in March. It's a 2011 Pierce Arrow XT PUC 1500-300-100' RM (Pierce Job # 24466). They're running a reserve until then. Thanks to Lindsay
2/1/2012 Alvarado - Fire Department recently received a new Squad 1 to replace their current unit. Unit is a 2012 Ford F250 Diesel with a slide-out and cover with side compartments for equipment storage. The new unit will serve as EMS/Rescue response. Thanks to Jordan
2/1/2012 Arlington - I came across this info in the city council agenda, regarding the Viridian Planned Development: A temporary fire station, which is currently under construction at 4020 North Collins Street, will provide protection to this site. The estimated fire response time is less than five minutes, which is in keeping with recommended standards.
1/27/2012 Haltom City - Has plans for relocating Station 2 from 4900 Waldemar to a new station at 5700 Midway. Thanks to Zack
1/24/2012 Azle - Has just received a replacement unit for an older 2004 year model Frazer unit. The new unit is designated the same as the old - Medic 252. It is a 2011 Frazer on a Dodge 4500 chassis. The engine is a 6.7 liter Cummins diesel and the patient compartment is powered by a Onan gasoline generator. Interior and exterior LED lights and rear safety striping are standard. M252 utilizes a Sigtronics headset and audio/visual camera system to provide safety when in reverse and allows communication with the crew member attending to the patient in the rear compartment. Thanks to Steve
It will be placed in service after receiving radios and meeting licensing requirements.
1/12//2012 Fort Worth - Here are a few photos of Engine 18. The apparatus is not new, but the company logos for the USS Fort Worth(G R E AT Video!) are. Also check out this link for more info on the USS Fort Worth. Thanks to the crew for pulling it out on a cold day for me.
1/12/2012 Grand Prairie - CareFlite opens training center for nurses, paramedics, and other emergency medical personnel. Read more of the Star-Telegram article here.
1/3/2012 SVI - Here's an article about Supervacuum Manufacturing, better known as "SVI" and "Supervac", moving their facility from Loveland, CO to Fort Collins.
1/1/2012 Lewisville - Here is the new Engine 162 which recently went to service(2011 Pierce Impel 2000-750 (Job # 24463-01)). There are two more just like this now in service as Engine 163 and Engine 166. Thanks to Lindsay
1/1/2012 Little Elm - Has a new central fire station. If you have any details, articles, or photos, please send them to share. Thanks to Christian
1/1/2012 D/FW Airport - Has $1.6M road on the board's agenda. "This road will allow for the tug transport of decommissioned and stripped aircraft to the Fire Training Facility for use in fire training exercises. The road provides DFW Fire Services with increased functionality to provide training on actual aircraft instead of mockups."
Happy New Year! Thanks, once again, to all of you who visit and submit info and photos for this site. Ben Saladino
12/31/2011 Bedford Here are some shots(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) of my home town's newest engine, a Crimson Spartan Gladiator. The black stripes are actually reflective. That's probably been around before, but I had never noticed it. Check out this photo taken with a flash. Thanks to FF Stoval and the crews for the tour.
12/20/2011 Plano - Here's an article on the Plano Courier Star site about some interesting station 4 renovations.
12/20/2011 Rockdale - Just received their first Crimson Legend Pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features Crimson Legend Series Body, Cummins ISL 425hp engine, Waterous 1500GPM pump, 1000 gallon UPF water tank, Waterous Aquis foam system w/30 gallon foam tank, Whelen Pioneer Scene lights, and Whelen “M” series emergency lighting, on a Spartan Metro Star MFD 10” raised roof chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
12/18/2011 E V E N T Mansfield - The Mansfield Firefighters Association # 3599 is having a benefit concert for one of their members in need.
12/13/2011 Arlington - Included in the city council agenda is mention of the Light Response Vehicle AKA "Squad" program and two Tahoe. Search for "Light Response" in this document for further information. In another document, two unmanned helicopters are being purchased for the police department.
12/10/2011 Paris - Just received their first Crimson Legend Pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. Engine 1 features Crimson Legend Series Body, Cummins ISC 360hp engine, Waterous 1500GPM pump, 1000 gallon UPF water tank, Waterous Aquis foam system w/30 gallon foam tank, Whelen Pioneer Scene lights, and Whelen “M” series emergency lighting, on a Spartan Metro Star MFD 10” raised roof chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
12/10/2011 League City - Just took delivery of an SVI rehabilitation unit(RE-1) from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, inc. This unit features SVI’s 18’ aluminum body, Lima 40kw PTO generator, Bauer 13cfm air compressor with 2-bottle fill station, Knight Light II telescoping scene light and Whelen “M” series LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
12/1/2011 Arlington - From the 12/6/2011 city council agenda: "Purchase of Three Fire Apparatus (MO10182011-009):Authorize the City Manager or his designee to approve the purchase of three fire apparatus
with Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. of Houston, Texas, through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program, in an amount not to exceed $1,542,299"
11/30/2011 Wilmer - Just took delivery of their first Crimson Pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist, Inc. Engine 461 features Crimson Legend body, Hale 1500gpm pump, Foam Logic foam system w/30 gallon foam tank, 1000 gallon water tank, Cummins ISC 380 engine and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Force Chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
11/24/2011 Thank You! - Happy Thanksgiving, especially to everyone who visits and contributes so often. Stay safe, Ben
11/23/2011 Frisco - Has a new 2011 Pierce Velocity 1500-400-75' RM (Pierce Job # 23650), that went into service as Engine 603 on 11/11/2011. Thanks to Lindsay
11/23/2011 Rio Vista - Just placed an order for their first Crimson Classic Series custom tanker from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit will feature Crimsons custom Poly wet-side tank, 750gpm Hale pump, crosslays, hard suction storage, Newton Quick Dump rear dump valve, Whelen LED lighting all on a International 7400 series 2-door chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
11/23/2011 Red Oak - Just placed an order for another Crimson Star Series pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit will feature Crimsons Star Series aluminum body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 1600 Class “A” foam system, SVI Knight Light II telescoping scene light, Cummins ISL 450hp engine, and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
11/28/2011 Frisco - Here's a story with photo of a new ambulance bus, similar to the one mentioned for Sherman recently.
11/9/2011 Fort Worth - The Bolt St. shop is preparing the new Engine 40. It's a Rosenbauer, like the other frontline engines, but with some differences, so that it fits in the smaller bay of Station 40. Some of the differences are the front bumper is noticeably smaller, the cross lay area is smaller, over a mid-mount/side panel pump, instead of the usual rear mount pump, with a command light. The overall length is shorter. Here are several photos: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Engine 8 is also being prepared. Thanks to Jeff, Homer, and Ed
11/9/2011 Somerville County - Just ordered their first Crimson Rear Mount Platform from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit features Crimsons 100’ rear mount aerial platform with blue LED rope lighting, Whelen Pioneer 2 LED scene lighting, TFT Monsoon monitors, body avoidance system, Waterous 2000GPM pump, 300 gallon water tank, aluminum body, Onscene LED compartment lighting, Bauer Cascade bottle fill station, Harrison 10kw generator, Whelen “M” series lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
11/7/2011 Dallas - Here's a photo of the new Hazmat 3, by Pierce. According to Lindsay, it is the first Pierce in the fleet since a 1981 Pierce Tower that served as Truck 18 and Truck 20. This 41' long truck went into service on 11-2-11.Thanks to Lindsay
10/31/2011 Waco and Parker County - both of new apparatus in production according to "Your Truck on the Line" at the Siddons-Martin website.
10/31/2011 College Station - Has 3 new Pierce apparatus. The 100' Rear Mount platform will be replacing the American Lafrance Mid-mount at station 2. One of the Engines will go to Station 5, and another engine will be put on reserve until station 6 (info below) opens up next year. Also, the City of College Station has began construction on a new , that will be on the Corner of University Drive and Tarrow Street. It is scheduled to open in late 2012. Here's a photo of T752. Thanks to Billy
10/26/2011 Mansfield - Has a new ambulance and several police cars in a new budget, according to this Star-Telegram article.
10/25/2011 Bedford - The new Crimson/Spartan Gladiator 1500GPM, 500 gallon, engine is almost done, and getting finished out with graphics, radios, etc., and should be entering service in November.
10/24/2011 Lancaster - A visitor of this website is looking for information on any new MICUs placed into service recently. If you know the brand, unit numbers, which station(s) they went to, or have photos, etc. please sent them my way, and I'll post the info to share. Thank You, Ben
10/22/2011 Fort Worth - Has a Pierce Contender Patrol unit on a Ford F550 4x4 chassis on the city council agenda(It'll will likely be numbered Attack 9). There are also 2 Ford F350 4x2 units for canine(explosive detection) response trucks on the agenda.
10/17/2011 North Richland Hills - Has a new Dodge/Frazier MICU running as Medic 222. Thanks to Erik
10/17/2011 Fort Worth - I had the great opportunity to visit with a couple of the guys at the Bolt St. shop today. They have several new apparatus they are preparing and that crews will be trained on soon. Here are a few photos. Utility 6 (and another shot), Truck 1, Engine 8(without any stripes yet), Engine 15(with pink stripes for October - Breast Cancer Awareness month(here's another photo of E15 at an event at Baylor All Saints on 10/8/2011), Attack 44 (without any stripes yet, for Meacham Airport). A new engine is due soon for Engine 40(it'll be a couple feet shorter in length than the other engines to fit Station 40). Thanks to Homer and Jeffrey
10/12/2011 Arlington - Has 3 new apparatus(totaling about $1.5M from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists on the city council agenda, along with two Chevy Tahoes, and "up-fitting" of the dive-rescue van.
10/08/2011 Highland Park - Has a new 2011 Pierce Impel PUC/1500/750 as Engine 331. Thanks to Lindsay
10/08/2011 Fort Worth - Has 3 new Rosenbauer rear mount CAFS along with one side mount engines they're about to receive. Here's a photo of the new Engine 5. Thanks to Ed
10/04/2011 Bedford - Had a 3 Alarm apartment fire today. I was able to get a few photos.
10/03/2011 Ennis - I'd much rather report the start of service for an apparatus, not the end. This Sutphen's last call, in Waxahachie, was caught on video by WFAA.
9/26/2011 Haltom City - Has purchasing a Zodiac swift water rescue boat discussion on the city council agenda.
9/23/2011 Fort Worth - Has several fire department items on the city council agenda for 9/27/2011. Remotec Robot upgrade. An X-ray system for viewing suspicious packages. 2011 Spartan Aerial (I assume a Smeal). 4 Rosenbauer Engines. 3 Ford F-550 Brush Trucks(with CAFS and front bumper monitor, for stations 13, 29 and 32) . 1 Ford F-150 crew cab for the primary medical officer.
9/21/2011 Sherman - Has a new ambulance bus. See the article from KXII here for some details. "It can hold up to 24 patients, and is fully-equipped with statewide communications and remote EKG monitoring equipment." Thanks to Terry
9/21/2011 Dallas - Here's a report on Dallas fire station construction from May 2011. Thanks to David
9/21/2011 Keller - Has approved a new fire truck in the budget, according to this Star-Telegram article.
9/19/2011 Dallas - Has a new 100' rear mount, Crimson Gladiator for Truck 15(Crimson # 210067-02; Dallas Shop # 11211) as well as a Crimson Gladiator for Engine 20(Crimson # 210066-05; Dallas Shop # 11085). Thanks to Lindsay
9/15/2011 Fort Worth - The air and light Utility 6 by SVI is complete and features a lot of neat stuff. Check out the youtube video. Thanks to Kyle
9/15/2011 Dallas - The new Pierce Hazmat 3 is being prepared for delivery at Martin Apparatus in Denton. Expected delivery to Dallas is after the first week of October. Thanks to Roger
9/11/2011 E V E N T Dallas - http://www.dallasstairclimb.com/ On the morning of September 11th 2011 firefighters from around the north Texas region will converge upon a downtown Dallas skyscraper, don their protective gear and climb 110 stories into the sky to honor the sacrifices of the 343 FDNY firefighters who perished ten years ago.
are also on the agenda.
1/1/2012 - Problems below here with links. I'm too lazy to go and fix them all, but it appears all of the links are shifted down to the following unrelated article below this point. I'm sorry for the problem. If you click on a link and it takes you to a different photo or page, try clicking on the link in the article below it. Ben
9/08/2011 Arlington - Has a this on their 9/13/2011 city council agenda, "Up-Fitting of Dive Rescue Van (MO09132011-004) Authorize the City Manager or his designee to approve the up-fitting of a Dive Rescue Van with Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. of Houston, Texas, through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program in an amount not to exceed $199,709, and execute any and all documents necessary to carry out such purchase. Funds are budgeted in Fire Department Fire Operations account 220201 68200 and subject to FY2012 budget approval."
8/27/2011 E V EN T Trophy Club - Will have an open house at their new fire station 10AM to 1PM, this Saturday. Here's a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about it. It's at the 100 Municipal at @ Trophy Club Dr.
8/16/2011 Covington - Volunteer Fire Department is about to complete construction on their new station. Their previous station caught fire earlier this year and was destroyed. The new station will feature 4 drive thru bays along with a day room. The new station is located on SH 171 just south of FM 67. Thanks to Jordan
8/16/2011 D/FW Airport - I visited station 3 the other day after crashing my bicycle. Truck 34's crew and Medic 601 did a great job cleaning up my road rash, and bandaging me up. They said Station 6 should open in a month or so. If I remember correctly, the current Truck 34 will go to 44, and station 3 will receive one of the new pieces being built at Pierce. They were not sure where the other 2 pieces where headed. Thanks Station 3 and Medic 601 from 8/14/2011 shift.
8/12/ 2011 Fort Worth - Has an interesting item on the city council agenda for next week. This item concerns the Fort Worth shops handling repairs for Colleyville, Keller, and Southlake fire departments. "It is recommended that the City Council authorize the Equipment Services Department to respond to the Request for Bid to provide preventative maintenance and repair services for the City of Southlake, City of Keller and City of Colleyville fire vehicles and apparatus." Another item involves purchasing SCBA and other public safety items through the Texas Association of School Boards BuyBoard.
8/8/2011 Terrell - Has a new truck marked 5690. It's a 2010 Ford F-750 crew cab chassis
750gal/250GPM with C.A.F.S unit. Thanks to Michael
8/8/2011 Dallas -Is under going a lot of new apparatus assignments to stations. Truck 57 is moving to Station 9 as Truck 9. CBRNE 40 is moving to Station 54 as CBRNE 54. Truck 49 is moving to Station 40 as Truck 40. Booster 22 is moving back to Station 29 as Booster 29. USAR 19 and Truck is moving to Station 57 as USAR 57 and Truck 57. Thanks to Michael
8/8/2011 Dallas - Has a Crimson 100' rear mount running as Truck 26 (Crimson # 210067-01; Dallas Shop # 11212). Thanks to Lindsay
8/6/2011 E V E N T - Arlington - There will be a grand opening for the new Station 9. Click here for details. They moved 7/1/2011, from Cooper St. to Wimbledon Dr. They put their new Truck 9 in service also. Thanks to Chris
8/3/2011 Article - I've often thought it would make more sense to use a highway construction/crash attenuator truck instead of a fire truck for blocking accident scenes on the highways. Here's an article/story about a fire department that's giving it a try.
7/31/2011 Bryan– Just received their first Crimson rear mount platform from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features Crimson 100’ aerial platform with 6” waterway, Star Series Body with Smart Storage, Cummins ISM 500hp engine, Waterous 2250GPM pump with Hale Foam logic foam system and 10 gallon foam tank, 200 gallon water tank, Bauer cascade system with fill station, Harrison 10KW generator and Whelen “M” series emergency lighting on a Spartan Gladiator LFD 5” raised roof chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
7/31/2011 Killeen – Just received their first Crimson Pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features Crimson Star Series Body with Smart Storage, Cummins ISL 425hp engine, Waterous 2000GPM pump, 1000 gallon UPF water tank, Harrison 10KW generator, Whelen Pioneer Scene lights, SVI Knight Light II and Whelen “M” series emergency lighting, on a Spartan Gladiator LFD 10” raised roof chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
7/31/2011 South Brazos County – Just received their first Crimson Legend Pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features Crimson Legend Series Body, Cummins ISC 360hp engine, Waterous 1500GPM pump, 1000 gallon UPF water tank, Waterous Aquis foam system w/30 gallon foam tank, Whelen Pioneer Scene lights, and Whelen “M” series emergency lighting, on a Spartan Metro Star MFD 10” raised roof chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
7/31/2011 Houston – Just received their first Crimson Pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features Crimson Star Series Body with Smart Storage, Cummins ISL 425hp engine, Hale QMAX 2000GPM pump, 1000 gallon UPF water tank and Whelen “M” series emergency lighting, on a Spartan Gladiator EFD 10” raised roof chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
7/31/2011 Houston – Just received a SVI Breathing Air truck from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features SVI’s aluminum Body, Bauer air compressor, Bauer model CFSII-2S fill station, Carefree awning and Whelen “M” series emergency lighting, on a Ford F550 chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
7/31/2011 Lubbock – Just received their first three Crimson Pumpers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. These units feature Crimson Star Series Body with Smart Storage, Cummins ISL 450hp engine, Hale QFLO 1250gpm pump, 500 gallon UPF water tank, Foam Pro 2002 A/B Foam system w/30 gallon foam tanks, Smart Power 6kw generator, SVI Knight Light II and Whelen “M” series emergency lighting, on a Spartan Metro Star MFD 10” raised roof chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
7/31/2011 Fulshear Simonton – Just received their first SVI Heavy Rescue from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features SVI’s aluminum body , Cummins ISM 500hp engine, Waterous 250GPM pump, 288 gallon UPF water tank, Hale Foam Logic foams system w/ 10 gallon foam tank, Harrison 30 KW generator, FRC Scene lights, SVI Command Light and Whelen 600 series emergency lighting, on a Spartan Gladiator LFD 24” raised roof chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
7/26/2011 Watauga - The city is getting their first Aerial truck, most likely in the spring. It will be a 75' Pierce Impel PUC from Martin Fire Apparatus. They will be trading in their KME Engine 313 towards the purchase. The total cost of the new truck is expected to be $799,885 after getting $40,000 on the trade in. City Council document. Thanks to Jeff and Bob
7/6/2011 Johnson County - ESD #1 has employed personnel to staff 2 ALS engines(click for photo) for the east and west sides of Johnson County. The engines are manufactured by Pierce on a freightliner chassis. They are equipped with a Waterous 1250 GPM pump, 1000 gallon water tank and a foam cell. They also have the latest technology equipment for fire and EMS calls. These crews had their official first day on duty on July 4th and operate Monday-Friday 7a-3p. Here's an online article on the Cleburne Times Review. Thanks to Jordan and Chris
7/1/2011 Bowie - Received their new Rosenbauer non walk-in rescue truck. The rescue body features two (2) front transverse compartments with full slide out trays, rescue reels, Honda generator with tripod lights. The rear area is the open design with a 500 gallon skid installed with a Hale pump system, stainless steel plumbing, and a slide-out hose bed mounted below the skid. The chassis is a Ford F-750 4x2, 2-door cab/chassis with the Cummins engine. Thanks to DACO Fire Equipment
6/23/2011 Arlington - There's some information about Arlington Police Department's small unmanned aircraft on the city council document here. Another document talks about the Public Safety CAD system.
6/3/2011 Watagua - Is having a grand opening for their new fire station at 5909 Hightower Dr. "The City of Watauga invites all Watauga citizens and businesses to join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of the new Watauga Fire Station, June 3, 2011 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m." Here are some of my photos from the event. Thanks to Mica
5/24/2011 Arlington - From the city council agenda - Purchase of Two Fire Apparatus (MO05102011-002) Authorize the City Manager or his designee to approve the purchase of two fire apparatus with Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. of Houston, Texas, through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program, in an amount not to exceed $999,752, and execute any and all documents necessary to carry out such purchase. Funds are budgeted in Fire Department Fire Operations Account No. 220201-68200.
5/24/2011 Wilmer - Just placed an order for their first Crimson Legend pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit features Crimsons Legend body, Hale 1500gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, Hale Foam Logic foam system with 30 gallon tank, side mount pump panel, Cummins ISC 380 engine, Allison transmission and Whelen LED lighting all on an Spartan Force Star chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
5/24/2011 Corsicana – Just placed an order for their first Crimson 100’ rear mount platform from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist, Inc. This unit features Crimsons Star Series body, Waterous 2000gpm pump, Foam Pro 1600 foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, 300 gallon water tank, Onscene LED stik lighting, Harrison 10kw generator, Cummins ISX 500hp engine, Allison transmission and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus
5/18/2011 University Park - Here's a press release about their new engine. UPFD to commission new fire engine, named the "Fighting Scot," the engine is adorned with HPHS mascot emblems. The University Park Fire Department will commission a new fire engine Wednesday, May 18. The ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the fire station (3800 Universi ty Blvd.). Manufactured by Pierce and equipped to UPFD specifications, the new engine is replacing one that has been in service for 20 years. Named the "Fighting Scot," it is adorned with fire-axe-wielding emblems of the famous Highland Park High School mascot.
While the new engine will certainly aid the department in its core objectives of protecting the lives and property of those who live and work in University Park, the department also saw its purchase as an opportunity to support the youth of the community and commend HPISD for its ongoing excellence. "Highland Park ISD is deeply honored to have this state-of-the-art fire engine named after our mascot, the Fighting Scot," said HPISD Superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr. "The University Park firefighters are outstanding in their service to this community, and it makes us proud that they have recruited our Scotsman to be a part of their team."
Background on engine purchase: Engine specifications were generated by a committee of UPFD firefighters and fleet personnel. The City Council approved purchase of the $511,000 apparatus in fall 2010. The City spent an additional $29,000 to outfit the engine. A cash transaction, the fully-equipped engine was purchased without incurring debt using the City's vehicle replacement fund. The engine was ordered through the Houston-Galveston Area Council Buy Program, a "government-to-government" procurement service that ensures that all purchases are awarded through a public competitive procurement process that is compliant with all state statutes. Continued use for replaced engine: The 1991 engine that is being replaced will still serve the community as a training apparatus. The engine will be housed at the department's new training tower/fire simulator that is located on the grounds of the City's Fondren Ave. water tower. Thanks to Terry and Lindsay
5/17/2011 Jenkins - Located in east Texas, has a new 2000 gallon wetside Rosenbauer tanker. The truck has a 1250 GPM PTO driven Darley pump, 2000 gallon poly tank, aluminum body compartments with Robinson roll-up doors, two (2) speedlay discharges, thru the tank storage and Code 3 warning lights. The chassis is the M2 106 Freightliner, 2-door cab/chassis, 300 hp Cummins engine and Allison automatic transmission. The department purchased the truck with a texas forest service grant.
5/16/2011 Dallas - Has a new 100' Crimson TDA as Truck 10 with a spinning LED light on the front. They also have 9 new 1500 GPM / 500 gallon, Crimson Spartan Gladiators(photographed here with the protective sheets still on from delivery), with EMS compartments in the cab. They also have two new Crimson 103' rear mounts headed to 15's and 41's. Thanks to Michael
5/10/2011 Fort Worth - Has an item on the city council agenda regarding the potential purchasing of federal property near Felix and Hemphill for a new Public Safety Training Facility. The current facility at 1000 Calvert will be affected by the Trinity River Vision project. There's also an item about a whole bunch of money going to Motorola for radio stuff.
5/5/2011 Arlington - Has two new apparatus from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists on the city council agenda. "Authorize the City Manager or his designee to approve the purchase of two fire apparatus with
5/4/2011 Highlands - Just took delivery of their first Crimson Transformer Pumper. This unit features Crimsons Transformer body (photo from back), a Darley PSP 1250gpm pump with CAFS, 750 gallon water tank, Onan 8KW generator, SVI Knight Light II light tower, all Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star Chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
4/24/2011 D/FW Area - Some of my fellow diecast collectors were in town last week for a photography tour of the area, and some of the photos are available at this link. They got some great shots. These guys came a from all over the country. I wasn't able to join up with them, but while I was out on a bike ride, noticed Keller had their apparatus out, and two groups of guys were walking back to their cars. Sure enough, out of all of the fire stations they visited(they photographed 180 apparatus), I stumbled across them.
4/22/2011 Arlington - Has a new Truck 9, a 2011 Smeal 105'. It features 300 GPM/300 Gal, with a bumper line, and will require an engine for aerial master streams. It and station 9 are expected in service mid June. Thanks to Bob and Chris
4/16/2011 Azle, DFW Airport, Trophy Club - STATION ALERT : Azle has a new station planned that has some opposition from its neighbors. I meant to post this after seeing a TV news story recently and forgot. Here's an article someone else sent in. Thanks to Anonymous. I was at a tour of the DFW Airport EOC/AOC the other day, and in one of the presentations, there was mention of a Station 7. It appeared to be at the SE corner of S Airfield and International, and will be developed if/when they develop the south side of the airport for more commercial use. Trophy Club's new station is shaping up nicely.
4/12/2011 Texas - "The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) will deliver on Tuesday, Feb. 15 more than $800,000 worth of equipment to eight fire departments as part of a grant program administered through Texas Forest Service. The awarding of this equipment is the first of its kind and is part of a long-term strategic plan to develop TIFMAS resources around the state." See more here. Thanks to Seth
3/16/2011 Pierce and Bronto - "Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS), a leader in environmental, safety and transportation solutions, announced today that its Bronto Skylift Oy Ab ("Bronto") subsidiary has entered into exclusive supply and distribution agreements with Pierce Manufacturing Inc. ("Pierce"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK)." This quote from PR Newswire (click for more details). Thanks to Seth
3/14/2011 - Lake Cities - Recently took delivery of their new Pierce Arrow XT Engine 591. It features a Darley midship, top mount, 1500GPM pump and 750 gal. tank. Thanks to Christian - I really like the color scheme. It kind of matches my new Trek Madone 6.7 Bicycle.
3/12/2011 Duncanville - Has a new Pierce running as Engine 271. It is a PUC pumper on an Impel chassis. 425 Hp Cummins, 750 water and foam. Husky 3 foam system. Bumper turret with front bumper discharge. 1500 gpm PUC pump, Wireless Firecom headsets, roll top hosebed cover, camera on light pole with monitor at pump panel for the operator. Thanks to Travis
3/8/2011 Venus - Just took delivery of their first Crimson Legend pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit features Crimsons Legend body, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, top mount pump panel, Waterous, Cummins ISC 360 engine, Allison transmission and Whelen “M” series LED lighting all on an Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
2/16/2011 Ennis - Josh from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists sent these funeral arrangements for Lieutenant Jodie W. Harbert who served with distinction as an active Ennis Volunteer Fire Fighter for more than sixty-three (63) years.
2/14/2011 Lindale - Just took delivery of their first Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This engine features Crimsons Star series body with smart storage, Hale 1500gpm pump with CAFS Pro, 1000 gallon water tank, Hale Foam Logic foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, Harrison 8kw generator, SVI Shadow telescoping scene light, Pak Trac, Lista tool box and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist
1/26/2011 Terrell - VFD is proud to announce the receipt of a 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) award. FEMA/AFG will contribute $38K of a total $40K purchase price for a new high-pressure SCBA compressor/cascade fill system. An RFQ will be sent out by the end of the month, and the department hopes to have the unit in service by April. Thanks to Terry
1/24/2011 Euless - Here's a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about a neat idea to cut down on noise, pollution, and fuel costs. "With help from an electrician, McAdams designed a "power pedestal" and submitted it to the North Central Texas Council of Governments with a grant application. Ultimately, the council of governments responded with a diesel idle reduction grant. " By the way, I stopped by DACO Fire Equipment around the holidays to pick up a calendar, and they had a "green" engine they were getting ready to show off. As I recall, it basically has a smaller generator that kicks in, after the engine is automatically shut off, after a certain time, assuming no pumping is taking place. It's enough to keep the AC and other equipment going, without using the engine.
1/17/2011 Combine - Took delivery for their first Crimson Legend pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit features, Crimsons Legend body, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, side mount pump panel, Waterous Aquis foam system with a 20 gallon foam tank , Cummins ISC 360 engine, Allison transmission and Whelen “M” series LED lighting all on an Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
12/29/2010 Rosston - VFD recently took delivery of a new DACO Brushfighter small brush truck, 11’ extruded aluminum flat bed with transverse work area, hinged access gates, built on a Ford F-550 4x4 2-door cab/chassis; gas engine, automatic transmission, with a 450/10 poly tank, Hale HPX300-b18 pump system, stainless steel plumbing, Hannay hose reel, Scotty around the pump foam system, purchased with a TFS grant. Thanks to Ed for the info, photo, and calendar!
12/21/2010 History Channel - Modern Marvels just showed D/FW Airport's Oshkosh Striker 4500 and they're about to show a jet air tanker. I'm sure it will be on again, and again. Set your DVR and check it out.
12/11/2010 Robinson -Just took delivery of their first US Tanker from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist, Inc. Tanker 2 features a 2000 gallon elliptical stainless steel water tank, Hale QPAK 1000 GPM pump, 10” Newton rear dump valve, Pack Trac, 2100 gallon fold-a-tank, all Whelen LED lighting all on an International 7400 chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
12/03/2010 Fort Worth - Has a brush truck on the line at Pierce. I believe it's going to be the new Attack 33(possibly from this city council item, back in June), but I could be wrong. If you know, please let me know.
12/3/2010 Fort Worth - Has a new decontamination trailer on the city council agenda. "It is recommended that the City Council authorize a purchase agreement with Fisher Scientific Company, L.L.C., for a decontamination trailer using the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Cooperative Contract EP11-06 for the Fire Department for a total amount of $167,127.07, inclusive of freight, with payment due 30 days from receipt of the invoice." 140 new police patrol units and 50 new police recruits are also on the agenda. Also there's mention of a Homeland Security Grant from the State of Texas for emergecy management type stuff.
12/1/2010 D/FW Airport - Has 3 new structural fire apparatus on the board's agenda (click here, then on the .pdf agenda for 12/2, then CTRL+F in the .pdf and search for "Fire"). It's not evident from the documents which current apparatus will be replaced, but I believe Truck 44 and probably Quint 15 are likely. The total is over $3M. There are also $15M in training facility upgrades on the agenda.
11/23/2010 Bowie - Fire department has purchased a Rosenbauer attack truck built on a Ford F-750 2-door cab/chassis, 325 HB diesel engine, Allison automatic transmission, aluminum body with Robinson rollup doors, three hydraulic hose reels, open rear area for Daco skid unit utilizing a 500 gallon tank, Hale pump with a Foampro 1600 system. The t ruck was purchased utilizing a forest service grant. Thanks to Daco Fire Equipment
11/23/2010 Jenkins - Volunteer fire department located in Morris county, northeast Texas area purchased a Rosenbauer 2000 gallon wetside tanker with a 1250 gpm PTO driven pump, aluminum body compartments with roll up doors, 10” rear newton dump, Code 3 warning lights built on a 2-door m2 106 Freightliner cab/chassis. The department received a forest service grant. Thanks to Daco Fire Equipment
11/21/2010 Mission - Took delivery for their first Crimson Legend pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit features, Crimsons Legend body, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, side mount pump panel, Waterous Aquis foam system with a 20 gallon foam tank , Cummins ISL 425 engine, Allison transmission and Whelen “M” series LED lighting all on an Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
11/13/2010 Blue Mound - Has a new Engine 32. It is a Pierce custom Contender with a Foam Pro system, ladders in the body, 1000 tank, 1250 pump, seating for 6, Firecomm wireless headsets. Thanks to Travis of Martin Apparatus
11/13/2010 Willow Park - Placed an order from Pierce's stock truck program for a custom Contender pumper with foam system. Seating for 4 with EMS compartmentation in the cab. Thanks to Travis of Martin Apparatus
11/16/2010 Fort Worth - Has a Ford F450 4x4 with dual rear wheels on the city council agenda with some other city trucks. An automatic/mutual aid agreement with D/FW Airport is also on the agenda. Also it's recommended that the city transfer ownership of the 1940 Mack Model 80 (serial number 80LS1050) to the Fort Worth Fire Association Local 440.
11/16/2010 Arlington - Has a couple items on the city council agenda. "Renovations of Existing Facility at 1111 W. Main Street - This project consists of renovations of the existing facility to provide offices, warehouse, new truck dock, small engine repair area, and site lighting upgrade. Also-Amendment No. 1 for Construction Materials Engineering and Testing Services for Fire Station No. 9".
11/05/2010 Fort Worth - Has two new brush trucks on the city council agenda for 11/9/2010. "The trucks will be Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) Ford F-450 4 X 4 off-road capable brush trucks. The units will have a front bumper mounted Akron Fire Fox monitor nozzle with a joy-stick controller mounted inside the cab to be used for operating the Fire Fox system without firefighters having to stop or exit the truck. The CAFS foaming system includes a 20 gallon foam concentrate tank built into the 300 gallon water tank and a GHH/RAND CE-55 rotary screw air compressor. All components of the CAFS system are skid mounted and secured to the bed of the trucks. "
11/1/2010 Terrell - VFD just awarded a contract to Wildfire Truck & Equipment Sales in Alvarado for the construction of a new heavy brush truck. The truck is funded by a Texas Forestry grant and will serve a dual function as heavy brush truck and medium-duty rescue. The unit will be built on a 2010 Ford F-750 crew cab chassis with a Knapheide line body and Wildfire CAFS-capable skid unit featuring a 750gal poly tank, 250gpm pump, 40hp gasoline motor, and Foam Pro CAFS/solution system. It will feature Whelen LED lighting, LED scene lighting, a 10KW (subject to change) diesel generator, receiver-mount winch with multiple attachment points, and electric and air reels. The truck will be equipped with 100’ of 1.75” and 100’ of forestry line in the front bumper, mid-ship preconnects, and red line in the rear. Also, the truck will feature a Howler low-frequency siren, the first of its kind in the county. Thanks to Terry
10/30/2010 Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists - Has redesigned their website. From October 1 through December 15, 2010, Metro Fire will be hosting a Fire Department Grant and a Firefighter Sweepstakes Program. A list of the complete rules can be found on our website at www.mfas.com. Please pass this information on to your employees and / or your volunteers for their chance to win as well. The Fire Department Grant Program is designed to give back directly to the fire departments in Texas. With the support of our vendors: BULLARD, HOLMATRO, SPERIAN, TASK FORCE TIPS, and TECGEN, we are giving back more than $120,000 in equipment to Texas Fire Departments. The second program, Firefighter Sweepstakes Program, is designed for the firefighters, with over $20,000 in prizes being given away directly to these individuals. The prizes include Sony 46” LCD TV’s, Apple iPads, Apple MacBook computers and much more!!! Both programs equal right at $150,000 in giveaways!!!
10/30/2010 Desoto – Just took delivery of their first Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit features Crimsons Star Series stainless steel body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 2002 foam system w/30 gallon foam tank, TFT Hurricane RC remote control deck gun, Harrison 6kw generator, SVI Knight Light II light tower, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
10/22/2010 Fort Worth - Will be buying some time at the Tarrant County College Northwest Campus Fire Service Training Center according to an city council agenda item. Fort Worth's Fire and Police Academy will be affected by the Trinity River project.
10/21/2010 Hood County/Lipan - Recently purchased the 4th small brush truck with a CAFS skid for the counties volunteer fire departments. Lipan VFD will take delivery of their new Brushfighter truck built by Daco fire Monday afternoon. The truck has a Daco extruded aluminum flat bed with two (2) gated front work stations; aluminum treadplate compartments; cet 35 CFM CAFS skid; poly tank; Hanny hose reel; two whip line discharges in the walkway rea; heavy duty front bumper with 12000# electric winch; stainless steel simulators; LED warning lights. Thanks to Ed
10/21/2010 Dallas - Here's a photo of a new "Fast 3" truck. It is a utility truck that supports the HAZMAT crew. "The LT at Station 3 said 16 and 40 would be getting one as well.". Thanks to Ben L. and Seth.
10/20/2010 Lubbock - Just placed an order for their first three pumpers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. These pumpers will feature Crimson's Star Series body with Smart Storage, a Hale QFLO 1250 gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank, Smart Power 6kw generator and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Delivery is expected late spring of 2011. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
10/16/2010 Fort Worth Out and About - Here's Engine 1 and Engine 2 in the pink Breast Cancer Awareness Month graphics, and I noticed these Transcare Event EMS pieces(truck and EMS cart) out on the road while I was photographing for Fort Worth's Clean Air Bike Ride this morning. Ahead of them was a larger cargo type trailer, also marked for Transcare Event EMS. I had not heard of them before.
10/15/2010 Arlington - Just took delivery of two more Crimson pumpers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. Engines 8 & 10 are replicas of previous units and will feature Crimson's Star Series body with smart storage, Waterous 1250gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 2002 class A foam system with 25 gallon foam tank, side mount pump panel, Task Force Tips Hurricane Crossfire deluge gun, Honda 5kw generator, SuperVac Knight Light II and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Thanks to Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc.
10/04/2010 Fort Worth - Here are some photos(1, 2, 3, 4) of Engine 31 sporting the Breast Cancer Awareness Month graphics. Engine 1, 2, 7, 8, 16, and 24, also have the graphics. Thanks to Firefighter Floyd for pulling out the engine.
10/01/2010 E V E N T FORT WORTH - Station 41 is hosting an open house Friday, Oct. 1st from 4-7 p.m. Station 41 is at 11400 Willow Springs Road. Open house activities will include demonstrations and displays by some of the Fort Worth Fire Department's specialty units. Scheduled to attend: Mayor Mike Moncrief, Fire Chief Rudy Jackson Jr., Engine 41 and crew, Artist Janice Hart Melito, creator of the public art project at this location, Fire Safety House, Arson/bomb squad , Station 32 dive team, Squad 2 technical rescue and hazardous materials response team, Red Helmets, Other community partners who will provide important information about their services. Citizens and media representatives are invited to come out and meet some of the firefighters who serve the community. Refreshments will be served. As Fort Worth expanded northward, it was clear that providing quality, professional services would be a priority. Station 41 went into service in 2005 to provide emergency services to the City’s newest residents. Staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a four-person crew, the station responds to emergency medical, fire, and other service calls in the area. Thanks to Terry
09/28/2010 Rowlett - Has taken delivery of two (2) new E-ONE Typhoon Pumpers. They are assigned as Engine 1 and Engine 2. They feature Cummins ISL 425 HP engines and EVS3000 transmission. A Hale Qmax 1500 GPM pump and 530 gallon “L” shaped water tank are provided. The extruded aluminum features a low hosebed and speedlays. A Zico overhead ladder rack is provided. Backboard storage is located in the hosebed. Trays and shelving are provided in all compartments. The pumpers feature a Hale 3.3 Foam Logix foam system. Whelen warning lights a provided. Thanks to Tom of Hall-Mark of Texas
9/27/2010 Dallas - Has a new engine for Engine 56. It just went into service the week of 9-20-10. The engine replaces a 1995 Spartan-Quality (with 1250GPM/500 Gal.), and the new one is a 2009 Spartan Gladiator-Crimson 1250GPM/500 Gal.(Crimson # 08160-006). Thanks to Lindsay
9/27/2010 E-One Press Release - Allied Specialty Vehicles, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Road Rescue WINTER PARK, Fla., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Allied Specialty Vehicles, Inc. ("ASV" or the "Company"), a portfolio company of American Industrial Partners ("AIP"), today announced that it has purchased ambulance manufacturer Road Rescue from Spartan Motors, Inc. in an asset transaction. Road Rescue is a manufacturer of premium Type I and Type III ambulances. "We're excited to add the Road Rescue brand to our portfolio of ambulance companies. For many years, Road Rescue has been regarded as one of the leading high-end builders of modular ambulances, and under ASV, we anticipate further enhancing that reputation", said Randall Swift, President & CEO of ASV. About Allied Specialty Vehicles, Inc. ASV, with revenue of approximately $1 billion, is a market leader in three industry segments: Fire & Emergency, Recreational Vehicles, and Bus & Industrial. The Company was formed on August 25, 2010 through the combination of four existing portfolio companies of AIP: E-ONE, Inc., Collins Industries, Inc., and Halcore Group, Inc.; with Fleetwood RV, Inc. to be combined in the fourth quarter of this year. Within the Fire & Emergency segment, ASV offers an extensive line of fire apparatus under the E-ONE brand name including pumpers, aerials, tankers, rescues, and airport firefighting equipment. Additionally, the Company offers a full line of ambulances under the Horton, Wheeled Coach, American Emergency Vehicles, and Leader Emergency Vehicles brand names. Within the Recreational Vehicle segment, the Company produces Class A and Class C Recreational Vehicles under many of the industry's iconic brand names including Discovery, American Coach, Bounder, and Tioga, among others. Within the Bus & Industrial segment, the Company produces Type A bus products for both the school and childcare markets under the Collins, Mid Bus, and Corbeil brand names as well as terminal trucks and street sweeper products under the Capacity and Lay-Mor brand names. For additional information on Allied Specialty Vehicles, Inc. please visit www.alliedsv.com. Thanks to Tom
9/25/2010 E V E N T Hurst - Open House - Hurst Main Fire Station, Saturday Sept 25 10 am to 2 pm, 2100 Precinct Line Road. Free Hot Dogs and Drinks. There will be fire apparatus from Hurst on display plus specialty vehicles from the Northeast Fire Department Association. Including the Bomb response vehicle, Technical Rescue vehicle, Mass Casualty response vehicle and others. The Hurst Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association will be on hand to sell the October 9th Steak Dinner Tickets. We will have Hurst FD "Pink" tee shirts for sale for 15 dollars each to benefit the Susan G Komen Foundation. Thanks to Nixle Here are a few photos from the event. Boat, Boat and Pickup and Brush 206 and CargoTrailer, Quint 202(renumber from 203), Engine 203, Engine 201 with compartments open. The lighting was bad due to the rain.
9/24/2010 E V E N T Fort Worth - Station 34 is hosting an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. Station 34 is located at 14101 Sendera Ranch Blvd. Friday's open house will include demonstrations and displays by some of the Fire Department's specialty units. Scheduled to attend: Fire Chief Rudy Jackson, Jr. Engine 34 and Crew Fire Safety House Arson/Bomb Squad Station 32 Dive Team Squad 2 (technical rescue and hazardous materials response team) Red Helmets Other community partners will be present to provide important information about their services Citizens and media members are invited to come out and meet some of the firefighters that serve their community. Refreshments will be served. Thanks to Anonymous
9/23/2010 Irving - Just took delivery of two more Crimson engines from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. Engines 5 & 6 feature Crimsons SE series body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 2002 class “A” foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, Harrison 6kw generator, SVI Knight Light II telescoping scene light, Pak Trac, Lista tool box and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Thanks to Brian
9/23/2010 Cockrell Hill - Took delivery of the departments new CAFS brush truck (Brush 226). The vehicle is built on a Ford F-550 4-door cab/chassis ;Ranch Hand bumper with a 12000# Warn winch; a Rosenbauer-Central Division aluminum rescue body with Robinson roll up doors, a Darley-Odin Cougar CAFS skid with a 300 gallon poly tank is furnished with the control panel on the rear of the vehicle; along with a aluminum Hannay hose reel mounted top of the booster tank, Whelen Freedom LED light bar along with Whelen M4 and M6 LED warning lights were furnished. Thanks to Ed
9/23/2010 Fort Worth - Recently took delivery of Engines 1 and 32 completing the order for five (5) Rosenbauer-General Safety CAFS pumpers. The city recently approved an order for four (4) more CAFS pumpers. Thanks to Ed
9/22/2010 Fort Worth - The new Rosenbauer/General Safety Engine 24 is sporting some pink graphics for Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are 5 other engines with the graphics for the month of October. Firefighters will be wearing pink uniform shirts for the days of the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure(Oct. 14-16). Thanks to Anonymous
9/22/2010 Laredo - Recently took delivery of this E-ONE Mobile Command Unit. The unit features an E-ONE Cyclone II chassis with roll over protection. It includes an extended 80” 2 door cab with a 20” vista roof. The unit is powered by a Cummins ISM 450 HP engine and features an Allison EVS4000 transmission. A 25’6” extruded aluminum command center body contain a command area in the rear of the cab along with a galley, restroom and conference room. Communications equipment includes Enhanced IP-Centric communications package with satellite dish, IP phone system, Telular digital cell phones and radio interoperatability. A 25 KW PTO generator is mounted between the frame rails. Lighting is provided by a Willl-Burt Night Scan NS-3000A light tower. Thanks to Tom
09/16/2010 Sachse - Fire Department recently took delivery of a new E-ONE rescue/pumper on a CII long cab chassis running as Engine 1. It is equipped with a Cummins ISL 425 HP engine and an Allison EVS000 transmission. A medical cabinet is provided in the cab. The pumper has seating for six. Upper tunnel compartments are provided for backboard storage. An overhead Zico ladder rack provides ladder storage. A 1500 GPM Hale QMAX pump and a 500 gallon tank provide suppression capabilities. A Hale 5.0 Foam Logix system is provided. Included is a 15KW Smartpower generator . Thanks to Tom
9/13/2010 Hurst - I had a chance to see the new Engine 201, a Crimson Metrostar, in person today. Here are a few photos. Here are a couple that are 1024x768 wallpaper size #1, #2. A big thanks to Engineer/Driver Ayers for positioning the apparatus for me. He mentioned they now have a small boat at Station 2.
9/10/2010 San Bruno, CA - Check out www.RadioReference.com for scanner audio archives to hear the gas explosion/fire that involved entire blocks. Initially, they thought it was a plane crash. Go to this link for "San Mateo County Fire and CAL FIRE", click Feed archives, and then choose 9/9/2010, and start with the time block of 6:05-6:36 PM. I think it starts about a 1/3 of the way into that clip.
9/8/2010 Nevada - Volunteer Fire Department in Collin County is currently building a new First Responder / Wildland Firefighting truck. It is a 2009 Ford F-350 4x4 with a V-10 engine and crew cab. A member of the Department drove the cab and chassis truck to Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, where the SWAB Wagon Company (www.swabwagon.com) installed their custom Skidder Brush/Utility bed, completed all Department graphics, and pre-wired the chassis and bed for easy warning light installation. The installation was completed in 3 days and it was driven back to Texas. A Ranch Hand front bumper and Nerf bars were then installed by Ranch Hand Factory Outlet located in Irving, Tx. They hope to have the truck, designated as Squad-11, completed and in service by the end of the year. Squad-11 will be housed at the Lavon Fire Station which is operated by the NVFD. Thanks to Joe
9/6/2010 E V E N T - Grandview - Will be hosting an open house on Monday September 6th at their fire station, when they place in service their new Crimson engine. Time is 6pm to 7pm at 100 East McFarland Street. Thanks to Jordan
9/2/2010 Hurst - Just took delivery of their first two Crimson pumpers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. These units feature Crimson's SE body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 1600 class A foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, Top mount pump panel, Task Force Tips Crossfire deluge gun, Honda 5kw generator, SuperVac Knight Light II and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Engine 201 will be at Station 1, and Engine 203 will go to the former Fort Worth Station 27, on Holder Dr, which Hurst opened as Station 3 this past Monday. Thanks to Brian and Gary - I'll miss the yellow, but the red, white, black, and gold leaf look great for my hometown! The Crimson Quint has been renumbered from 203 to 202.
8/30/2010 Dallas - Swift Water Rescue 34 will be getting a new unit, as well as several of the Battalion Chiefs. Here are several photos of other new apparatus. Engine 34, Engine 53, Rescue 17, Truck 25, Thanks to Michael
8/30/2010 Lancaster - Has a 1998 Spartan 1250/500 that came from Houston. It is now Lancaster Engine 353. It replaced a 1998 Simon Duplex 75ft quint that is now at Station 1 as reserve. Thanks ot Michael
8/22/2010 Pantego - From their website: Open House & Dedication Ceremony for new 75' Quint aerial truck. The Pantego Fire Department will be open to the public for the dedication of the newest truck. Come and meet your firefighters and participate in a traditional fire service ceremony. After the ceremony, the department will be open for your inspection and you can speak to your public safety personnal about their jobs and view the latest equipment utilized in the protection of our community. Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010 Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Place: Pantego Fire Station 1614 S. Bowen Road. Thanks to Roy and Peter. Here are some photos I took of the event. Believe it or not, this was my first wash-down, apparatus installation ceremony. On the way home, I heard a call for a house fire in North Richland Hills in the 6700 block of Inwood Dr, so I stopped by and took these photos.
8/20/2010 Venus - Just placed an order for their first Crimson Legend pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit features Crimsons Legend body, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, top mount pump panel, Waterous, Cummins ISC 360 engine, Allison transmission and Whelen “M” series LED lighting all on an Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
8/19/2010 Grandview - Is about to take delivery for their first Crimson Legend pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit features Crimsons Legend body, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, top mount pump panel, Waterous Aquis foam system with a 20 gallon foam tank , Cummins ISL 425 engine, Allison transmission and Whelen “M” series LED lighting all on an Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
8/17/2010 Fairview - Has a new rescue pumper.The unit is an E-ONE Rescue Pumper featuring a Typhoon Chassis . It has a 425 ISL Engine, Vista roof, and medical cabinet. The pumper features a Hale Qmax 2000 GPM Pump, a Cafspro 5.0 system and a 500 gallon water tank. Rollup doors and a 8KW Smart Power generator are included. This is the 3rd E-ONE for the Fairview Fire Department. Thanks to Tom from Hall-Mark Texas
8/16/2010 Dallas - Here's some info from a visitor - "I was at DFD Shops Friday and shot the new Truck 36, which should be going into service in the next week or so. Back in March I shot a ladder truck that was lettered as Truck 10, but it went to Truck 17 because Truck 10 (an additional Truck Co for DFD) isn’t budgeted for staffing til January. Looks like they’ll be getting a tiller, which will be ordered after October 1st, so it probably won’t be here til Fall of 2011. I don’t know if they’ll go ahead and put a spare truck in service there until then or what. Truck 17’s mid mount 75’ aerial was relocated to Truck 37. " Thanks to Eric - Lindsay adds that Truck 10 is currently a 2000 Spartan-Quality-AI 103' RM Aerial (Quality # M1439) which was previously Truck 7. Thanks Lindsay.
8/16/2010 D/FW Airport - Has another PUC for Engine 63. This one matches the previous PUC for Engine 53 with: Velocity cab, TAK-4 suspension, Side Roll protection and frontal impact protection. CAFS, generator, lighting, hatch compartmentation, roll top hosebed cover, 1500 pump, Full depth compartmentation one side and front turret with pump and roll capability. Thanks to Travis
8/16/2010 Pantego - Has a new Pierce '75 Hal for Quint 1 featuring Impel cab 425 hp, TAK-4 suspension, generator, lights, Hercules CAFS, ladder storage, EMS compartmentation and driver side exterior cab compartment. Thanks to Travis
8/16/2010 Grand Prairie - Has a new Pierce Arrow XT for Engine 6 featuring Hercules CAFS, top mount pump, generator, reel line, speedlays, TAK-4 suspension. Truck 1’s Pierce Arrow XT is now in production at Pierce. Thanks to Travis and Eric
8/12/2010 Briar Oaks - Just took delivery of their first Crimson Legend pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit features Crimsons Legend body, Hale1500gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, Hale Foam logic foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, side mount pump panel, Harrison 6kw generator, and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
8/6/2010 Cockrell Hill - Will be taking delivery of their new Rosenbauer custom pumper today. The truck features the Centurion aluminum rescue style body with a top mount control panel; painted roll up doors; electric ladder rack on the passenger side; “l” shaped tank for a deep rear hose bed; Hale Qmax 1500 gpm single stage pump; speedlay discharges; front bumper discharge; four (4) 2-1/2” discharges; 3” rh discharge; 3” deck gun discharge with the tft 18” Extenda-Gun and Crossfire monitor; Foampro 2002 class a foam system; 750 gallon poly tank; Whelen LED warning light package; 5000 watt Honda generator and Quartz lights; 200’ electric cable reel. The chassis is the Spartan Metro Star 10” raised roof MFD cab; seating for six (6); Cummins ISL-425 hp engine; Allison 300EVS automatic transmission; 42,000# gvw. This truck was the first apparatus sold using the Rosenbauer E-Z pumper build program on the Rosenbauer website. Thanks to Ed of Emergency Vehicles of Texas/Daco Fire Equipment
8/4/2010 Plano - Received three more Rosenbauer custom pumpers on August 3rd engine 2, engine 8 and engine 10. This makes a total of five received since April, 2010 and two for delivery in early September. Thanks to Ed(Emergency Vehicles of Texas/Daco Fire Equipment)
8/4/2010 Fort Worth - Recently took delivery of two more (Engine 3 and 24 photos)Rosenbauer-General Safety rear mount 1250 gpm pumpers, with two additional pumpers due off the line around august 15th. Thanks to Ed(Emergency Vehicles of Texas/Daco Fire Equipment)
8/4/2010 Fate - Fire Department has received their new small “Brushfighter” (photo 1 and 2) built by Daco fire equipment in Fort Worth. The truck features a 10’ aluminum flat bed with two gated work stations; aluminum treadplate compartments; Hale HPX300-B18 pump system; 300 gallon poly tank; 10 gallon foam cell; Foampro 1600 injection system; single hose reel; all Whelen LED warning lights built on a Ford F-450 4x4 super cab/chassis. Thanks to Ed
8/2/2010 Hughes Springs - Just received the second E-ONE unit for Hughes Springs in less than a year. The pumper features an all aluminum extruded body, 1250 GPM Hale pump and a 1000 gallon water tank mounted on an International 4 door chassis. It was purchased with an AFG grant. Thanks to Tom at Hall-Mark Fire Apparatus
7/27/2010 Venus - Just took delivery of a new Rosenbauer 3000 gallon wet side tanker. The truck has a 1250GPM pump and roll Darley pump, 2 X 2inch preconnects, front bumper trash line, Rosenbauer swivel dump and a Federal Q2 siren. Truck was sold and delivered by DACO Fire Equipment. Thanks to David
7/26/2010 Whitehouse -Just took delivery of their first Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit features Crimson's Star Series stainless steel body with smart storage, Top operators panel, Waterous 1500gpm pump w/Eclipse CAFS system, 1000 gallon water tank, Waterous Advantus 6 foam system w/30 gallon foam tank, TFT Crossfire deck gun, Harrison 6kw generator, SVI Knight Light II light tower and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
7/23/2010 Rio Vista - VFD has taken delivery of a Rosenbauer 3000 gallon wet side tanker. The chassis is a 2010 International. This truck is equipped with 1250 GPM pump and roll pump, drop tank and hard suction storage thru the tank in the rear of the truck, all LED emergency lighting and 2 X 2inch preconnect's. Truck was delivered by DACO Fire Equipment. We would like to Thank Chief Underwood and The Rio Vista VFD for their trust in letting DACO provide them with this apparatus. Thanks to David
7/21/2010 Colleyville - I caught today's shift checking out their two new Pierce Quantum trucks. A HUGE - T H A N K S to the guys for offering to taking me up in the platform. Here are some photos. I've probably mentioned it before, but I love the black and red apparatus, and these are awesome. Truck 243 has green LED ladder lights. I'll have to try and catch them at night some time. There are some wallpaper (1024x768) pics in the pictures folder.
7/18/2010 Fort Worth/Hurst - The new Station 27 at 2940 Precinct Line Rd (in Fort Worth) has been open several weeks now. Engine 27 will no longer be a first responder for Hurst EMS calls, but will go on automatic aid for structure fires. Hurst will remodel the old Station 27 in Hurst, and man an engine there eventually. Thanks to Curtis
7/16/2010 Plano - Recently took delivery of three (3) Rosenbauer 109’ rear mount aerials with aluminum bodies built on Spartan custom cabs. Truck features include a Waterous CS-1250 gpm pump system; 2001 Foampro system; 300 gallon poly tank; 3/16” aluminum body with roll up doors; Whelen LED warning light package; 109’ 4-section rear mount aerial; Smart Aerial electronic controls; 1250 gpm waterway with Akron monitor. Spartan cab with a 515 HP Detroit engine; Allison automatic transmission. Aerials a for station 4, 5 and 8. Thanks to Ed of Emergency Vehicles of Texas
7/16/2010 Plano - Inspected three new custom pumpers recently at the Rosenbauer-General safety plant. The three pumpers are part of a seven truck purchase. Rosenbauer extruded aluminum heavy duty rescue style body with roll-up doors; Waterous rear pump system; Foampro system; hydraulic ladder rack; special design hose bed with walkway. Spartan Gladiator 10” raised roof custom cab with cummins ISL engines. Here's a photo of Engine 8. Thanks to Ed of Emergency Vehicles of Texas
7/16/2010 Fort Worth - From a press release: "City officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Fire Station No. 5 at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 15, 2010. The groundbreaking will be held at 850 Irma Street, where the new station will be located. It is the latest in a series of improvements for the near South Side and will replace the existing station at 1000 Evans Avenue. Station 5's history dates to the late 1800s, when it was formed as a volunteer fire brigade. The first station was built in 1890 near the 400 block of Bryan Avenue. A second station was built in 1911 near the same location. The existing station was built in 1965. Typically, it is one of the busiest fire stations in the city with nearly 3500 calls per year. It is being replaced because of much needed repairs, updates, and economic development in the area. The new location also allows for future expansion. Plans call for the Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Response Squad, which is currently assigned to Station 2 in downtown Fort Worth, to eventually move to this location. The public will be invited to an open house when construction is complete. At that time the community can come out and tour the new facility and meet the firefighters that serve this area."
7/16/2010 Fort Worth - A city council agenda item concerns the new Station 42. Here's a summary. "4. Authorize the City Manager to execute an architectural agreement with RPGA Design Group, Inc., in the amount of $221,047.00 (including not-to-exceed $5,750.00 in reimbursable expenses) for the design and construction administration services to construct Fire Station No. 42 on the new Stone Road adjacent to Spinks Airport and allow payment of $53,000.00 to cover expenses related to administration, design contingency, Getotech testing and other contractual services. DISCUSSION: On July 15, 2003, (M&C C-19661) the City Council authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with RPGA Design Group, Inc., for the design of Fire Station No. 38 and the development of a prototype design for a two-company, three-bay fire station. Fire Station No. 42 will enlarge the prototype design and become the City's first combined Air Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) and Structural fire station with three companies and four bays. The permit fee for the construction portion is waived."
7/9-10/2010 E V E N T - E-One dealer, Hall Mark Texas, is having an open house in Lewisville, click here for details. Here are some photos from 7/9. Thanks for lunch! It was nice to meet Tom and Russ, and see shiney new apparatus.
7/9/2010 Fort Worth - A change order is on the city council agenda item. Bascially it's adding Motorola radios and an upgrade to Bostrom Secureall SCBA retention systems on the 5 Rosenbauer General Safety engines already ordered. Also on the agenda is a fire sprinkler system for the Joint Emergency Operations Center in the Zipper Building. The JEOC will be functional in time for the Super Bowl. The City and Tarrant County will utilize the JEOC during emergency incidents such as major hazmat incidents, severe weather incidents and other possible disasters. The JEOC will serve as a central command area for the City and Tarrant County to effectively respond to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive/weapons of mass destruction/terrorism incidents, if needed. Here's an older item regarding the JEOC.
7/7/2010 Palestine - Just took delivery for their first Crimson Legend pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit features Crimsons Legend body, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, top mount pump panel, Honda 5kw generator, and Whelen LED lighting all on an International 7400 4-door chassis. Thanks to Brian
7/5/2010 North Richland Hills - Has their great looking new Ferrara HD77 Quint 221 in service (as of about 6 weeks ago). Here are a couple of photos (1, 2).Type: HD-77 Heavy Duty Rear Mount Aerial Ladder Chassis: Ferrara Igniter custom chassis; Detroit Series 60; Long 4-door cab; Electric door locks with keyless entry system; Custom EMS compartments in rear cab; Seating for 6; Dual chassis driven a/c systems plus 120V a/c powered off shoreline or generator Aerial: 3-section rear mount ladder; 77’ vertical reach; 500 pound tip load flowing 1250 GPM; 1250 GPM waterway; Electric actuated dual position waterway; LED blue rung lighting; Base section stokes and roof ladder storage; Two 500W lights at ladder tip Body: Heavy duty extruded aluminum with EZ-Stack hose bed; Left and right high side compartments; Compartment above ladder tunnel; Pump: Hale QMAX; 1500 GPM; Hale MIV electric valves; Front bumper 150’ x 1” booster reel; Triple crosslays; Right side LDH discharge; 4” full flow waterway discharge valve; FoamPro 2001 plumbed to booster reel and all 3 crosslays Tank: 500 gallon water + 20 gallon foam Special Features: Whelen Howler low frequency siren; Wheel well storage for total of 16 spare SCBA & extinguishers; Custom shelves, trays and tool boards; On Scene Solutions LED pump panel and compartment lights; Onan 10kW hydraulic generator; 4 Fire Research 750W recessed lights; Super Vac Command Light on cab roof; 2 Hannay electric rewind cord reels; 168’ ground ladders. Thanks to guys at Station 1 for pulling the Quint out in the heat of the day for me.
7/1/2010 Navarro County -ESD 1 took delivery of their new Daco Fire Equipment, BRUSHFIGHTER brush truck. The chassis is a Dodge 5500 4X4 crew cab, diesel engine, automatic transmission. The truck is equipped with a Darley Mongoose CAFS unit, 400 gallons of water, 10 gallons of foam and a Whelen LED lighting package. Thanks to David at Daco Fire Equipment
6/29/2010 Cockrell Hill - Chief Michael Burns and Asst. Chief David Pellitier of the Cockrell Hill fire department inspect their new Rosenbauer custom pumper at the Lyons, SD facility on June 24th. The pumper will be deliveried in about 10 days, and will replace two older units. Thanks to Ed of Emergency Vehicles of Texas
6/29/2010 Gary - V.F.D. recently took delivery of a Brushfighter rescue style brush truck featuring a Ford F-550 4x4 cab/chassis, diesel engine, automatic transmission with a aluminum rescue style body; roll up doors; gated work stations; 400 gallon poly tank; Waterous pump system; stainless steel plumbing; booster reel on top of the tank. Thanks to Ed of Emergency Vehicles of Texas
6/28/2010 Colleyville - Went up for final acceptance last week on two aerials. They are a 105’ Pierce HDL(Truck 243) and a 95’ Midmount platform (Truck 241)both on Quantum chassis with 10kw Harrison generators, TAK-4 suspension and Husky foam system on the 105’ and a light tower on the platform. Both have Carrier AC units for cool cabs with ACLS equipment. Thanks to Travis
6/28/2010 Grand Prairie - Will take delivery of their top mount Pierce pumper this week. It is on a Arrow XT cab with TAK-4 suspension, Husky 12 foam system and Hercules CAFS as well as a small generator and lighting. It will operate out of station 6 as Engine 6. Also, I rode by the new Station 7 yesterday. It looks very close to completion. Thanks to Travis
6/26/2010 Little Elm - Put a new Pierce Velocity in service as Rescue Engine (62)1 today(click here for some photos on Facebook from the event). It features 1500 GPM/750 gal, Harrison generator, 84" Velocity cab, long PUC rescue body, and more. Thanks to Christian
6/24/2010 McKinney - A dedication ceremony for McKinney Fire Station # 8 will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26 at 3445 Alma Road, McKinney. Station #8 houses an engine and ambulance and primarily serves the southwest portion of the city, including Craig Ranch. McKinney Courier-Gazette article online. Thanks to Tim
6/24/2010 Plano - Has station 13 moving ahead again, CSP No. 2010-123-B for the construction of Plano Fire Station No. 13 to Crossland Construction Company, Inc., in the amount of $3,250,000 and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents. The station will be in the northwest area of the city. Thanks to Tim
6/19/2010 Grand Prairie - Police and Fire are suppose to move into the new Public Safety Building on Monday. Click here for the Star-Telegram article. "The Fire department has been at its current location at 2001 N. Second St. for about 15 years, Fire Chief Cliff Nelson said. Sixteen fire administration employees will get offices on the third floor of the new building."
6/15/2010 Cleburne - Just took delivery of their first Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This until features Crimsons Star Series body with smart storage, Hale 1500gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Foam Logic class A foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, Top mount pump panel, SuperVac Knight Light II, Harrison 8kw generator and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Thanks to Brian
6/14/2010 Josephine - Has been awarded two more AFG grants. One is for new PPE, various equipment and building improvements, like a generator and air filling station totaling about $207K. Their second grant was just awarded about a month or so ago for $200K for the acquisition of a new pumper/tanker being built by Deep South Fire Trucks. It's a 4 door commecial chassis, 2000 gallon tank, expected in December. Thanks to Mike
6/14/2010 Fort Worth - Wow, it's a busy week on the agenda for public safety stuff. There's a 2011 Pierce Contender 250 GPM 4X4 attack apparatus from Martin Apparatus Inc., on the city council agenda. Also on agenda is an item relating to how vehicles are purchased - "It is recommended that the City Council adopt a resolution expressing official intent to reimburse costs of acquiring fire equipment and vehicles." See the link for more info. Another item is a new Smeal 105' aerial from Scott Fire Apparatus. The Police Department's helicopters have some new thermal imager upgrades on the agenda. Another item is for radio system upgrades. An interlocal agreement with Kennedale is also on the agenda.
6/12/2010 Sherman - Has a new 2010 Pierce Arrow XT 2000/300/95ft mid mount platform for Ladder 81. Truck 81 a 2002 spartan 75ft Quint will remain at central and both Ladder and Truck 81 will run first up on fires. Thanks to Michael
6/10/2010 CareFlite Memorial Service Honoring Stephen Durler & Guy DelGiudice Thursday, June 10, 2010 11am Fellowship Church 2450 Hwy 121N Grapevine, TX. To honor the Pilot and Mechanic killed in the CareFlite crash on June 2nd. All interested people are welcome to attend. - CareFlite
5/30/2010 Oregon - Fire related vacation photos from Oregon. I caught a few apparatus and even a training fire. Also, at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, they had an exhibit on forest fire fighting/smoke jumper stuff. It's beautiful up there, and and well worth visiting.
5/26/2010 Haltom City - Has a new Rescue 471. The truck features include: - 26 ft. 3/16” aluminum non-walkin body - Robinson roll up doors - compartments loaded with 1000# and 250# pull out trays - special configured rear b-1 compartment for shoring storage - enclosed storage top of body with rear access ladder - Whelen Freedom LED light bar and all lower LED warning lights - Onan 40kw PTO generator - two (2) Hannay electric cord reels - Will Burt 17’ light tower with 6000 watts of light - PTO driven air compressor for jack hammer operations - two (2) low pressure air hose reels - four (4) receivers with a 9500# warn winch - four (4) Holmatro bulk head core fittings with a Simo power unit - Spartan Gladiator LFD, 20” raised roof cab - two (2) rear area desk areas - Cummins ISL 425 hp engine - Allison automatic transmission - 21,500# front axle, rated tires and aluminum disc wheels - 44,000# rear axle, ridewell suspension, rated tires and aluminum disc wheels - extreme duty dash and interior - seating for six, with two desk swivel high back seats the apparatus was purchased with a grant from Emergency Vehicles of Texas and Rosenbauer. Thanks to Ed
5/26/2010 Fort Worth - Fire department today takes delivery of new Engine 34. Apparatus built by Rosenbauer-General Division in Wyoming, MN. The truck has a rear mounted Waterous s100 pump with open style pump house, stainless steel plumbing, Eclipse CAFS system, 30 gallon foam tank, 750 gallon poly tank, heavy duty extruded aluminum body, two booster reels, Akron electric Deckmaster with the1250 gpm Sabremaster nozzle, hydraulic ladder rack on passenger side, Onan 8kw hydraulic generator, command light tower, Whelen LED light bar and lower warning lights and Weldon multiplex electrical system. Thanks to Ed of Emergency Vehicles of Texas
5/20/2010 Southlake - A Star-Telegram article states there is preliminary approval for a new North DPS station, including a fire training tower, firing range, and a park at Dove and White Chapel. The public hearing and final vote are scheduled for June 1.
5/15/2010 Irving - Today, I visited Station 6 to photograph the new Rescue 6 (SVI on a Spartan chassis) and Station 2 for their new Crimson Engine and Truck. Thanks to the crews for pulling them onto the aprons.
5/15/2010 Kennedale E V E N T- The Southern Emergency Response & Preparedness Assoc. (SERPA) and Kennedale Fire Department have a free class and free lunch with all the area vendors and truck manufactures. The class will be on May15, 2010 from 9am to 4pm. Please see flier. They are still looking for instructors for events, please see the flier for contact information. Thanks to Jon - Follow up: Here are some photos I took from before lunch. I wasn't able to stick around for the second half of the day, but it seemed like a successful day. There were lots of apparatus and tool vendors represented, and many firefighters from many departmens throughout the area attended. Thanks again to Jon for the invitation. It was good to meet several of my e-friends/contributors in person.
5/15/2010 Forney- Is about to take delivery of their first Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This until features Crimsons SE body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 2001 class A foam system with 20 gallon foam tank, Top mount pump panel, Task Force Tips Hurricane RC deluge gun, Harrison 6kw generator and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
5/15/2010 Appleby - Just took delivery of their first Crimson pumper/tanker from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit features Crimsons SE body, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 2500 gallon water tank, three electric dump valves, 3000 gallon dump tank, side mount pump panel and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
5/1/2010 Dallas E V E N T - 19th Annual Fire Apparatus Show and Muster see flier for details. THE SHOW AND MUSTER WILL BE HELD AT FISH TRAP PARK IN DALLAS, TX THE PARK IS LOCATED AT THE CORNER OF SINGLETON BLVD AND N. HAMPTON RD BEHIND LG PINKSTON HS, FISHTRAP RD ENTRANCE OFF SINGLETON BLVD Contact person: Mario Silva 214-686-4960 2600 Chalk Hill Rd. Dallas, TX 75212 www.texasfiremuseum.org Thanks to Mario
5/1/2010 Fort Worth - There are several police department vehicle purchases on the city council agenda for 5/4/2010, including 5 2010 Dodge Caravan passenger vans, 8 2010 Ford Explorers, and 115 2010 Ford Crown Victorias.
4/30/2010 Burleson - Just took delivery of their second Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit will features Crimsons Star Series stainless steel body with smart storage, Hale QFLO 1250gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank, Harrison 10kw generator, SVI Knight Light II light tower, Wheldon LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
4/22/2010 D/FW Airport and Frisco - TWH Collectibles will be making some replicas of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Engine 53 and Frisco Engine 606. "April 22, 2010 Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA - TWH Collectibles announced today the debut of the 1:50 scale Pierce Velocity series of replicas. The much anticipated introduction includes two Velocity Pierce Ultimate Configurations (PUC) and one Velocity 75' Heavy Aluminum Ladder (HAL) model. The three additions to the Pierce model line-up will be unveiled at the Pierce booth #8647 at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) 2010 in Indianapolis from April 22 through April 24. The models will be available for an MSRP of $200-230, and are limited in production to 525 pieces each of department specific configurations of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Fire Services (TX) PUC, Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department (FL) PUC and Frisco Fire Department (TX) HAL. The models are scheduled to be available at the end of 2010. " from this .pdf
4/20/2010 Fort Worth - From the city council website: RECOMMENDATION: It is recommended that the City Council authorize the City Manager to execute a license agreement with Mattel, Inc., for the use of the Fort Worth Fire Department's emblem's, official insignia and logos in the manufacturing and distribution of Mattel's products. DISCUSSION: The proposed license agreement allows Mattel the non-exclusive royalty-free worldwide license to use the trademarks, tradenames, copyrights, designs, emblems, official insignia, logos and likenesses including names, accessories, paint schemes and other visual or identifying representations associated with the rescue vehicles of the Fort Worth Fire Department in conjunction with the manufacture, marketing, distribution, promotion and sale of various scaled die-cast and/or plastic toy replicas (motorized or non-motorized), battery-powered ride-ons, related play sets and accessories. The term of this agreement begins February 1, 2010 and expires on December 31, 2013. Either party may terminate the agreement upon a 60-day written notice given to the other party. Mattel agrees to make commercially reasonable efforts to maintain the goodwill of the City of Fort Worth in all its activities. The City will receive 100 toy replica fire trucks as consideration for this license as is customary for cities that license first responder insignia to Mattel.
4/13/2010 Newark - Recently received their new 2009 Rosenbauer Centurion 2000 gal pumper/tanker on Spartan Furion chassis with Waterous 1250 gpm pump, Foampro 2001 w/20 gal class a tank, on spot chains, slide out ladder storage in hose bed, and a Cummins isc 8.3l 360HP engine. Thanks to William
4/11/2010 Fort Worth - According to the city council agenda, 5 Impalas and 2 Suburbans should be purchased for the Fire Department and Code Compliance. Also on the agenda is a collective bargaining agreement.
3/30/2010 Parker County - ESD #6 will be taking delivery of their new Rosenbauer custom CAFS pumper on April 7th. The apparatus has the Rosenbauer rescue style aluminum body with Robinson roll up doors, full depth compartments, electric ladder rack on the passenger side, 1000 gallon poly tank, Waterous CX-1250 gpm single stage pump, Waterous 200-SP PTO driven CAFS foam system with the Foampro 2001 injection pump. top mount control panel. the body compartments have roll out trays and adjustable shelves. The truck is furnished with a Harrison hydraulic driven generator, Command Light tower, a Spartan Metro Star 10” raised roof cab is furnished with seating for six fire fighters with a full height EMS cabinet on the rear cab wall. Cummins ISL-400 hp diesel engine with the Allison 3000EVS retarder transmission. The unit will marked Engine 44 as photographed here. Thanks to Ed of Emergency Vehicles of Texas
03/22/2010 Irving – Just took delivery of their first Crimson 103’ aerial from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. Truck 2 features Crimsons Star Series body with Smart Storage, a Waterous 1500gpm pump, 300 gallon water tank, Harrison 10kw hydraulic generator, SVI Knight Light II light tower and, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis. Thanks to Brian
03/22/2010 Frost – Just took delivery of their first Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. This unit, running as E4080, features Crimsons SE Series body, a Waterous 1500gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, Honda 5kw generator, Whelen LED lighting all on a International 4400 chassis. Thanks to Brian
03/22/2010 Big Spring – Just took delivery of their first Crimson Legend pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. This unit, running as Rescue 2, features Crimsons Legend body, a Waterous 1500gpm pump, built-in Akron in-line foam eductor 30 gallon tank, 1000 gallon water tank and, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
03/19/2010 Dallas - Is putting Hazmat 40 (CBRNE) in service April 14th, Satellite Hazmat Company for the south side and will also assist Hazmat 3 with Incidents. C - Chemical B - Biological R - Radiological N - Nuclear E - high-yield Explosives. Thanks to Michael
3/14/2010 North Richland Hills - Has a Ferrara Ignitor 77' Quint in the works. This will replace Quint 221 (E-One), which will move to reserve status, and the 1981 Sutphen will be leaving the fleet. They also have a new Chevy Frazier medic in service running as M223. Engine 223, a KME, is also in production and should be here in June. Thanks to Erik
3/7/2010 Lewisville - According to the Pierce website, a new engine 161 is being delviered. It is a 2009 Pierce Impel™ with a GPM: 2000 Tank: Water Tank Size: 750 Generator: PTO-driven Generator KW: 10 Safety: Hydraulic Ladder Gantry Lighting: WillBurt Light Tower, Front eyebrow lights, side telescoping lights, Whelen M6 LED warning lights Storage: Full Height compartments with lap doors both sides, Top Control with speedlays. Key Features: FDNY forward water tank/low rear hosebed Comments: Full width storage compartment under cross walk . Thanks to Zachery
3/5/2010 Fort Worth - Has yet another ARFF on the city council agenda, along with ARFF Communications equipment. Upon receipt of a grant from the FAA, this Airport Cargo Entitlement and Non-Primary Airport money will be used to: 1. Design and construct Airfield Pavement Rehabilitation (Runway, Taxiways, Aprons and Shoulders, Full and Partial Depth Repairs); 2. Design and construct runway guard light rehabilitation; 3. Replace Airport Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Emergency Communication System; and 4. Purchase Airport Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) vehicle.
3/3/2010 Plano - Here are some more photos of the new Engine 1 and Engine 12. In the photograph of Engine 12, between the license plate and the access ladder are quarter turn valves to drain the water in the lines. 5 of them are color coated to the hose colors the others are just random colors they gave to the other valves. Thanks to Anonymous
2/21/2010 Plano - Recently inspected two new pumpers at the Rosenbauer-General Safety plant. They will run as E-1(photographed) and E-12. They should take delivery in about 10 days. They have an additional five pumpers and three 109’ rear mount aerials on order. Thanks to Ed at Emergency Vehicles of Texas
2/142010 Westlake - Has taken delivery of this 2009 Pierce Velocity PUC as Engine 902. This is the Westlake in Travis County, not the DFW Area, but it's a great looking engine. Great Photo by Seth Granville, x635Photos.com
2/09/2010 Mesquite - Just took delivery of another Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. Engine 6 features a Star Series stainless steel body, Smart Storage, Hale Q-Max 1500 gpm pump, Foam Pro 2002 system w/ one 20 gallon class “A” foam tank and one 30 gallon class “B” foam tank, 500 gallon water tank, and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Thanks to Brian
2/7/2010 Burleson - It looks like Burleson has another Crimson pumper in progress. It's on a Spartan Gladiator chasssis with Side Control Pump Panel, Hale QFLO 1250 gpm Pump, Pro Poly 500 gallon Tank, Harrison 10.0 kw Generator, Stainless Steel Body, and Roll-Up Doors
2/7/2010 Forney - Has a new Crimson pumper being made. It's on a Spartan Metro Star chassis with Top Control Assembly, Waterous CSU 1500 gpm Pump, Pro Poly 750 gallon Tank, Harrison 6.0 kw Generator, Aluminum Body, Roll-up Doors
2/3/2010 Mansfield – Just took delivery of their third Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This until is a different design from previous units and will feature Crimsons Star Series stainless steel body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank, Harrison 10kw generator, SVI Knight Light II light tower, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
1/26/2010 - Bat Chief Vehicles - I came across this thread in one the diecast forums I frequent(you might need to open the attachments in the thread to see some of the photos). Miami-Dade and LA FD are taking a different approach to Bat Chief vehicles that looks interesting. I wonder if anyone is running anything like this locally? I know several cities are using pick-ups with the rear pull out/command setup. The MIami-Dade version doesn't seem to have a command/communications setup, but I imagine anything could be configured.
1/20/2010 Tarrant County - I received a request from Chief Aaron Marquez of Tarrant County Fire & Rescue, a newly formed volunteer fire department in Tarrant county to post some info. They currently do not have a coverage area. They are trying to create mutual aid fire companies to support the surrounding fire departments. They are currently looking for assistance with funding, equipment, recruitment, and trucks. They are a non profit corporation with the Secretary of State. They are a registered Fire department with the Texas State Fire Marshal.Their website is: www.tarrantcountyfire.com.
1/8/2010 Carrollton - has a new quint in service designated Engine 117. I photographed this truck back in August, at FRI2009 (it is the engine on the right with the ladder raised in the pic) - Thanks to Andrew
1/8/2010 Irving – Is about to take delivery of their first SuperVac heavy rescue from metro Fire Apparatus Specialist, Inc. Rescue 6 will serve the Technical Rescue Team and features a 20’ aluminum body, coffin compartments, Onan 30kw PTO generator, SVI Command Light tower, Warn portable winch and Whelen LED lighting all of a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis. Thanks to Brian
1/8/2010 Southlake - Is having a grand opening for their new DPS headquarters Friday, January 8, 2010 from 10AM to Noon. See the article in The Southlake Journal for more details. I dropped off some new police bicycles there today, and it is very nice and spacious. Thanks to Dan
1/4/2010 Dallas - Is putting their newest battalion chief in service 1/5/10. Battalion 10 will be housed at 39's. Thanks to Corbin - Also, the new Crimson rearmount trucks are starting to arrive. Thanks to Michael
1/2/2010 Red Oak - Just took delivery of a 2009 Tahoe from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist, Inc. This unit features a custom command module from SuperVac which includes multiple drawers for command boards, maps, files and a pop up dry erase board, a printer/copier, a time clock and 2 radios with external speakers. This unit also features a custom graphics package, Whelen LED lighting, docking stations in front and rear, a custom module for turnout gear, fire extinguisher, SCBA and EMS equipment, and a custom SuperVac console for map books as well as light and siren controls(photos 1, 2, 3, 4). Thanks to Josh
1/1/2010 Grand Prairie - Has some new apparatus on order. These include a Dodge/Frazer ambulance identical to the three delivered in 2009 and two new rigs from Pierce. Engine 6 will be getting a new 1500 gpm pumper and Truck 1 will be getting a new 105’rear mount aerial, both on Arrow XT chassis. Thanks to Eric
12/29/2009 Dallas - Has a Crimson running as Truck 19 in service, also Station 10 is close to being finished. The "new" platform at TR19 is TR37's "old" new truck. It was reassigned from 37's to 19's because it was not a good fit for 37's first-in district. 19's wanted it because of the extra compartment space to help out with 19's and 15's USAR responsibilities. There is one more platform on order that will supposedly go to TR15 so both USAR truck companies will have identical apparatus. Thanks to Michael and Ronnie
12/28/2009 Southlake - Fire House 1 appears to be ready to open soon, if it has't already. This is one part of a new facility that includes Police and the Municpal Court on Carol, just south of 114, where the old public safety station was.
12/22/2009 Newark - Has a new Rosenbauer-Central Division 2000 gallon pumper/tanker on a Spartan Furion chassis ordered from Emergency Vehicles of Texas. It should be delivered late February or early March. Thanks to William
12/12/2009 Lake Worth/Tarrant County - Here are a couple pictures (1 & 2) of the new tanker that was purchased by Tarrant County and is stationed at Lake Worth. It is a 1800 gallon tanker with a pump, Husky Foam and Hercules CAFS system on an Impel chassis with TAK-4 Suspension. Thanks to Travis of Martin Apparatus, Inc.
12/12/2009 Ennis - "Here is an upcoming event this weekend that my association (Josh's) is putting together to raise some money to restore a 1927 ALF ladder truck. Thought you might be interested in it. " The 5th Alarm Texas Country Jam. Thanks to Josh
12/12/2009 Dallas- Texas Fire Museum’s 8th Annual Holiday Open House Saturday, December 12, 2009 10:00 a.m. until ? 2600 Chalk Hill Road Dallas, TX 75212 214-267-1867 Fellowship, Fun and FIRETRUCKS! Come see our apparatus displays and restoration projects in progress See the J. D. Tippit Memorial Squad Car on Display ( as seen recently in the news) Meet and greet museum members and guests A Raffle will be held with a variety of prizes up for grabs End of year tax deductible donations for future support of the museum are appreciated. Here are a few photos from today's event.
12/4/2009 Irving - Just took delivery of two more Crimson engines(photo 1 and 2) from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. Engines 2 & 7 feature Crimsons SE series body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 2002 class “A” foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, Harrison 6kw generator, SVI Knight Light II telescoping scene light, Pak Trac, Lista tool box and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Irving also just placed an add-on order for two more engines. They will be identical replicas of engines 2 & 7. Irving’s truck 2 is in the final stages of production at Crimson and should be delivered sometime in late January. Irving’s rescue 6 is also in the final stages of production at SuperVac and should be delivered sometime in late February. Thanks to Brian
12/04/2009 Briar Oak - Just placed an order for their first Crimson Legend pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit will feature Crimsons Legend body, Hale1500gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, Hale Foam logic foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, side mount pump panel, Harrison 6kw generator, and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
11/30/2009 Grapevine - The new Pierce Velocities are in service as Engine (56)1 and Quint (56)5. Here are a few photos. They look awesome, especially the gold leaf, Roto-Rays, wheels and new station logos. Thanks to the crews(especially Firefighter Irving) for positioning and lighting the apparatus.
11/27/2009 Fort Worth - Several apparatus were part of the Fort Worth Parade of Lights tonight. Here are some of my photos. Thanks as always, to the friendly Texas Fire Museum people. Their open house is December 12th. Stop by and visit their awesome collection.
11/20/2009 Navarro County ESD #1 has purchased a Rosenbauer-Central Division 2000 gallon pumper/tanker, pictured here. The truck has a Waterous 1250 gpm single stage pump, stainless steel plumbing, 1600 series Foampro system, side mount control panel, aluminum body with high left side compartments, right side with running board style compartments, ladders mounted right side, 2000 gallon poly tank with 10” rear Newton dump valve, Federal Signal LED warning lights. Chassis is a Kenworth T-300, 360 hp Paccar diesel engine, Allison 3000evs automatic transmission, 44,600# gvw. Delivery in 2-3 weeks.
The ESD also purchased an Emergency Vehicles of texas “Brushfighter” small brush truck to be built on a Dodge 5500 series chassis; 10’ steel flat bed with gated work stations, 400/10 poly tank, Darley-Odin “Mongoose” CAFS foam system, Whelen LED warning lights. Thanks to Ed
11/20/2009 Rio Vista - VFD has purchased a Rosenbauer-Central Division 3000 gallon wet side tanker, 1250 gpm single stage pump, 10” rear Newton dump valve, 3000 gallon poly tank with storage thru the tank for hard suction hose and drop tank. Unit will be built on a 7400 Series International 6 x 4, 54,000# gvw, 330 hp Maxxforce 9 engine, 3000 series Allison automatic transmission. Thanks to Ed
11/11/2009 North Richland Hills - Just approved the purchase of a new KME Rescue Pumper from Gulf Coast Emergency Vehicles in the amount of $564,742. Delivery is expected in the summer of 2010. The engine will replace unit #933, a 1987 Emergency One pumper serving as Engine 223 at Station 3. The City also approved the purchase of a new Frazer Ambulance fron Knapp Chevrolet in the amount of $171,500. The new unit will also be stationed at Station 3 and the current 2002 model will go into reserve. Delivery is expected in mid December. It will be a 14' module on a C4500 Duramax Chassis. Thanks to Jeff
11/11/2009 Whitehouse - Just placed an order for their first Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit will feature Crimsons Star Series stainless steel body with smart storage, Top operators panel, Waterous 1500gpm pump w/Eclipse CAFS system, 1000 gallon water tank, Waterous Advantus 6 foam system w/30 gallon foam tank, TFT Crossfire deck gun, Harrison 6kw generator, SVI Knight Light II light tower, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
10/27/2009 Richardson - The Richardson Fire Department had their 1983 American LaFrance Century Series Pumper (1000-500) converted into a parade/funeral coach. The engine has a permanently installed funeral deck, portable wooden parade floor and permanently installed parade seating. With an American LaFrance red finish and gold leaf application, it is quite the handsome rig. Refurbishment performed by Texas Fire Museum. Photos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Thanks to Lindsay Dye and Scott Simpson
10/24/2009 Nevada - VFD took delivery of a new 2009 F-350 Brush Truck. The truck will run as Brush 1. The truck was built by Wildfire Truck and Equipment in Alvarado, and is a 4x4 Crew Cab, V-10, auto. 200 gallon skid unit w/10gal. foam cell. The truck also has the Blanchat Mfg. BLESS front bumper system for rescue work. Thanks to Rob
10/23/2009 Hurst - Just placed an add-on order for another Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit will be identical to the one ordered in August and will feature Crimson's SE body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 1600 class A foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, Top mount pump panel, Task Force Tips Hurricane Crossfire deluge gun, Honda 5kw generator, SuperVac Knight Light II and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. ETA is July 2010. Thanks to Brian
10/23/2009 Palestine - Just placed an order for their first Crimson Legend pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit will feature Crimsons Legend body, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, top mount pump panel, Honda 5kw generator, and Whelen LED lighting all on an International 7400 4-door chassis. Thanks to Brian
10/20/2009 Fort Worth - There are two new brush trucks on the city councile agenda this week. "The trucks will be Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) 4 X 4 off-road capable brush trucks. Units have a front bumper mounted Akron Fire Fox monitor nozzle with a joy-stick controller mounted inside the cab to be used for operating the Fire Fox system without firefighters having to stop or exit the truck. CAFS foaming system also includes a 20 gallon foam concentrate tank built into the 300 gallon water tank and a GHH/RAND CE-55 rotary screw air compressor. All components for the CAFS system are skid mounted and secured to the bed of the Ford F-450 chassis." More online here.
10/13/2009 Tarrant County/Lake Worth - Has a new Pierce Impel, dry side tanker truck "on the line" which will go to Lake Worth. It looks like Grapevine engine was completed, the quint is nearing completion, and D/FW's truck is coming along. Thanks to Kyle and Russell
10/11/2009 Fort Worth - Has a new Smeal Sparta aerial on this week's city council agenda. According to the link, it will be a replacement for Quint 17. Here's the new Quint 33 that was recently at Fire Rescue International, in Dallas. It's a Spartan Gladiator. Thanks to Kyle
10/10/2009 Desoto - Just placed an order for their first Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit will feature Crimsons Star Series stainless steel body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 2002 foam system w/30 gallon foam tank, TFT Hurricane RC remote control deck gun, Harrison 6kw generator, SVI Knight Light II light tower, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Thanks to Brian
10/10/2009 Azle - Fire Department has received a new Frazer medic, MEDIC 52(photo), on a Dodge 4500 chassis. It has a 14 foot box with a forward storage compartment- horizontal backboard and oxygen storage and two slide out trays for bunker gear, an air pack/spare bottle on each side. 16 LED warning lights are front side, NFPA conspicuity striping on the rear. The interior has a Sigtronics communication system, on-board color/sound camera (non recorded) between the cab and patient care compartment with backup camera. Interior LED lights in the patient compartment are now standard. It should be in service within the next week. Thanks to Steve
10/4/2009 Everman - Just took delivery of their first Crimson pumper (photo) form Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This unit features Crimsons SE series body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 1600 class “A” foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, Honda 5kw generator, SVI Knight Light II telescoping scene light, Pak Trac, Lista tool box and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
9/30/2009 Cockrell Hill - Has recently approved the purchase of a Rosenbauer Centurion Custom 1500 gpm pumper. The apparatus has an aluminum rescue style body, Robinson roll up doors, Hale Qmax pump system, 750 gallon poly tank, and a hydraulic ladder rack. Spartan Metro Star 10” raised roof cab/chassis, 425 hp Cummins engine. Click here for a design document. Thanks to Ed at Emergency Vehicles of Texas
9/28/2009 Crash Rescue - Thanks to FaceBook and connecting to a friend from high school, I was able to get a tour of Crash Rescue in Dallas today. They primarily rebuild crash/ARFF trucks for the military. They also sell and lease trucks, make and sell remote hanager fire protection systems, skid loads, Snozzels(Check out this YouTube video of the Municipal Snozzle), and trailers. They have a huge facility in Dallas with an off road test track, paint booths, tear-down, rebuild areas, etc. Here are a few of my photos.Thanks to Kevin for taking the time out of his day for a tour.
9/25/2009 Tucker, TX - Just took delivery of their first Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. This unit features Crimsons SE series body, top operators panel, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Furion chassis (photo) Thanks to Brian
9/25/2009 Red Springs - Just took delivery of their first SVI rescue (photo) from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist inc. This unit features an 16’ aluminum body, Onscene roll out shelves, Onan 25KW PTO generator, SVI Command Light with backlight, Hanney Electric cord reels and Whelen lighting all on a Freightliner M2 chassis. Thanks to Brian
9/25/2009 Fairview - Has a new station, expected to be opening December of this year. Fairview is currently protecting a population of 9,000 which is expected to grow tremendously since a mall and 3500 apartments are currently being built. E-one is constructing an apparatus similar to Mckinney Fire Department's aparratus which will be housed at this new station. Fairview Fire Department is pushing for fulltime firefighter staffing this upcoming budget year, given the growth of the Town so far this year. Thanks to Anonymous
9/23/2009 Mesquite - Is about to take delivery of their first SVI rescue from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist inc. This unit features an 16’ aluminum body, Bauer model CFSII-3S cascade system, Onscene roll out shelves, Onan 25KW PTO generator, SVI Command Light with backlight, and Whelen lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Click here for photo. Thanks to Brian
9/22/2009 Fort Worth - There's a city council item concerning using Tarrant County College's Fire Service Training Center for "when the current Fort Worth Fire and Police Training Center will be without fire ground props. The Trinity River project is due to condemn the fire ground portion of the Training Center sometime in 2010 due to utility movement and re-routing of roads. The term shall be for one year, ending on August 31, 2010. "
9/19/2009 Keller - Here's a little more info from "The Mayor's Update", on the recent ambulance deliveries. "Keller Fire-Rescue has received two new 2009 Fraser ambulances, both built on a Ford chassis. Each will be staffed by two or three Keller firefighter/paramedics, with one stationed at Fire Station No. 3, 1500 Rufe Snow Drive, and the other at Fire Station No. 4, 455 Keller-Smithfield Road South. Both will feature state-of-the-art emergency medical equipment, with the unit assigned to Station No. 4 also having a Lucas CPR device. Newly designed exterior striping is designed to be highly visible in traffic. The new ambulances cost about $170,000 each for the vehicles and equipment and were funded in the 2008-09 budget. They will help keep the City's emergency fleet updated with safe, reliable vehicles as well as allowing three frontline ambulances to be in service with one in reserve. At the recent International Fire Chief's Conference/Trade Show in Dallas, Ford featured one of Keller's new ambulances in its display. The vehicle drew significant interest and positive comments from other fire service and EMS professionals. The new ambulances are expected to go into service soon. " Thanks to John
9/17/2009 Alvarado - Has a new Tender 179. The unit was purchased through Emergency Vehicles of Texas from Rosenbauer. Here's the press release from EVOT: Darley PSP 1250 gpm single stage pump; two (2) speedlay discharges; three (3) 2-1/2" discharges; 2-1/2" front bumper discharge with hose well compartment. 3000 gallon poly tank, wetside style tanker with a 10" Newton valve, manual control on the rear; two (2) lower level aluminum constructed compartments with Robinson roll up doors; thru the tank fol-da-tank and hard suction hose storage. Whelen Liberty LED light bar with lower Whelen 600 series super LED's; Kenworth T-300, 2-door cab/chassis, 14,600# front axle, 40,000# rear axle, 360 HP Paccar diesel engine, Allison automatic transmission, Alcoa aluminum wheels. Click here for photo. Thanks to Jordan and Ed
9/17/2009 Harrison County ESD #4 awarded a contract to Rosenbauer/Emergency Vehicles of Texas this week for a 4-door IH pumper. Earlier this year they purchased a second Rosenabuer-Central mini pumper and their third small brush truck. The ESD is located in Marshall. Thanks to Ed
9/16/2009 North Richland Hills - Proposed budget includes a replacement for Engine 223(1987 E-One #933) and a new Quint 221 (1997 E-One #945 and 1986 Sutphen #931 (to be sold at auction), also a Medic #946(1999 International/Marque) will be sold and replaced (unit 958 will go to reserve) Fuel stations at fire stations are mentioned, along with several facility repairs/improvements. Entire proposed budget online here.
9/7/2009 Irving - Just placed an add-on order for three Crimson pumpers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. These units will essentially be the same as their last two units, and will feature Crimsons SE body with smart storage, Waterous 1500 GPM pump, 500 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 2002 class “A” foam system with 25 gallon foam tanks, Top mount pump panel, Task Force Tips Hurricane RC deluge gun, and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. This year they also added a Harrison 6kw generator with SVI Knight Light II. Delivery is expected in early summer 2010. Thanks to Brian
9/2/2009 Grapevine - Has a new Velocity Engine and a Velocity Quint (with Roto-Ray light) coming from Pierce. Visit "your truck on the line" and look for the two apparatus. Southlake's new Quantum is listed there too. Thanks to Jeff
8/30/2009 Fort Worth - "I stopped by Rosenbauer General and found what looks to be Fort Worth Fire R353. I'm not sure if it is or not, but I've seen that there was a council item for a new ARFF, and thought this might be it." Photo 1 and 2 - Thanks to Kyle
8/25-29/2009 Dallas -Fire Rescue International (FRI) 2009 will be at the Dallas Convention Center again. If you've never been to the Expo, it's worth a trip to Big D. There are LOTS of new shiney things. My Photos from FRI on Friday. A special thanks to Russell Mabra at Martin Apparatus for the expo pass. Some of the local and Texas apparatus on display that I saw include: Borger, Burleson, Carrollton, Dallas T19 (and many others), Dallas PD, Fort Worth, Frisco, Houston, Keller, Lubbock, McKinney, Southlake, Wise County
8/24/2009 Frisco - Has a new Command & Communications unit built on a 2009 Pierce Velocity tandem axel rescue body, marked as C-COM 601. This photo shows it in fully deployed mode with masts and satellite equipment up, and all three slideouts open. Thanks to Eric Hansen
8/23/2009 Dallas - Truck 37 the new Crimson platform is being reassigned to Station 19. So Truck 37 will soon be new Truck 19. The other Truck at 19's will be reassigned, but it is not known where. Thanks to Michael
8/23/2009 Rockwall - Station 3 is open and it's going to be a volunteer manned station. There's going to be two shifts, day and night, which will be manned by one or two Volunteers. Station 4 is not open yet, but it should be opening in a few weeks. Station 4 will have one or two people there 24-7. They are adding 3 captains, 4 driver fire fighters. Apparatus/stations/personnel reassignments:
8/20/2009 Grand Prairie - Here is a photo of one of three 2009 Dodge 4500/Frazer ambulances that have been placed in service in Grand Prairie at stations 1,3, and 9. They feature all LED warning lights and 4 siren speakers, with Federal eQ2B and Whelen electronic sirens. Thanks to Eric
8/18/2009 Fort Worth - There's a city council agenda item concerning reparing two aerial apparatus. One was damaged in a collission the other by power lines. Another item recommends ratifying the application for a federal grant described previously on July 23.
8/16/2009 Keller - Here's a picture of one of Keller's new ambulances that will run as M583 and M584, taken at the Frazer plant in Houston. They have a new striping scheme on them from their previous units. They are 14 foot units on a Ford F450. Thanks to William
North Richland Hills 1) Purchase a new Engine 223 to replace a 1987 Emergency One (unit #933) The old apparatus has over 125,000 miles on it with the engine hours exceeding 6,900 hours. The engine no longer meets the current fire apparatus safety standards relating to firefighter safety riding positions. This unit will be sold at auction once the new engine has arrived. Estimated costs at $509,819
2) The city council has already approved the purchase of a new HD77 quint from Ferrara. This will replace the current 1997 Emergency One (unit #945) serving as Quint 221. Once the new Ferrara apparatus is in service, the older quint will go into reserve apparatus and the city will auction off the 1986 Sutphen 100' truck that was previously Truck 223 (unit #931) That unit has over 81,500 miles on it with the engine hours exceeding 8,800 hours and also does not meet the current fire apparatus safety standards.
Rockwall - Received their new Emergency One 100' aerial from Hall-Mark Fire Apparatus. It will be running as Truck 2. It was located behind station 1 but I couldn't get close enough to take any pictures. Rockwall is planning a grand opening ceremony and open house for the new stations 3 and 4 sometime later this year.
8/15/2009 Purdon - VFD has taken delivery of a new “Brushfighter” small brush truck built by Emergency Vehicles of Texas. Click here for photo. The apparatus is built on a Dodge 3500 4x4 2-door, 60” cab to axle chassis, gas engine with an automatic transmission. The unit has a 10’ steel flat bed with two front gated work stations with swing out gates; Rrhino liner applied on the bed; UPF booster tank; CET pump system with stainless steel fittings and manifold. unit has a scotty around the pump foam system with a 8 gallon tank and has two (2) aluminum treadplate storage compartments. The truck was purchased with Texas Forestery grant money. Thanks to Ed
8/10/2009 Chico - Community volunteer fire department just took delivery of their new “Brushfighter” brush truck built by Emergency Vehicles of Texas. The department purchased the truck with funds from a Texas Forest Service grant. Features include F-550 4x4 Super Cab/chassis; diesel engine; automatic transmission; 10’ steel flat bed with 36” high handrails; 400 gallon poly UPF tank; Hale hpx-300b18 pump with stainless steel plumbing; Hannay hose reel; Scotty foam system; and a Firecom intercom system. Ttruck was sold by David Hubbard. Thanks to Ed
8/5/2009 Dallas - Station 10 is being remodeled. It should be done by mid 2010. Truck.10 will be put in service October 2010. Dallas has ordered 16 new rescues, being made by Wheeled Coach. They should be in service in February. Thanks to Michael
8/4/2009 Video - Check out a friend of mine's website: http://www.fireserviceinfo.com/. He's has a new neat video with several of my photos:) - I had to use FireFox to see it, since it didn't come up in Internet Explorer, or you can see it on YouTube.
8/4/2009 Wichita Falls - It's out of the website's first alarm territory, but since I'm headed up there at the end of the month, I'll post that they're getting a Ferrara midmount platform100' shown in production here.
8/4/2009 Dallas - City council sent out to bid on the new Dallas Fire Station 50 to be located at 703 W Walton Walker at Keeneland Parkway. It is expected to be a 2 bay, 12,000 square foot facility. Would be complete by August 2011. Thanks to Jeff
8/4/2009 North Richland Hills - City council approved on July 27 the purchase of a Ferrara HD-77 aerial quint from Tyler Motor Company. This will be the citys first Ferrara apparatus. Delivery is expected within 8 months at a cost of $738,500. Thanks to Jeff
8/4/2009 Watauga - Will be breaking ground on a new 12,000 square foot Fire Station in January, 2010. The new station will be located just a block away at the corner of Hightower and Quail Run. Completion is expected around December, 2010 and will feature a weight room, day room, sleeping quarters, training room and offices. The estimated cost of the new station is $2,700,000. The city has done away with the DPS concept and seperated the Police and Fire. The City built a new Police Department on their existing site and need the space of the old fire station for parking. Thanks to Jeff
July 30, 2009 Hurst - Just placed an order for their first Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit will feature Crimsons SE body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 1600 class A foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, Top mount pump panel, Task Force Tips Hurricane Crossfire deluge gun, Honda 5kw generator, SuperVac Knight Light II and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
July 30, 2009 Arlington- Just placed an order for two more Crimson pumpers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. These units will be exact replicas of previous units and will feature Crimsons Star Series body with smart storage, Waterous 1250gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 2002 class A foam system with 25 gallon foam tank, side mount pump panel, Task Force Tips Hurricane Crossfire deluge gun, Honda 5kw generator, SuperVac Knight Light II and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Thanks to Brian
July 28, 2009 Red Oak - Just took delivery of their first Metro Fire Apparatus Brush Truck. This unit features a Hale portable pump, 300 gallons of water with internal foam tank and FRC level guage, remote operator's panel, all aluminum bed with 2 man-wells, Pac-Trac tool mounts, winch mount (front and back), SCBA module mounted in the back seat, intercom system, Whelen LED light package, all mounted on a Ford F-450 extended cab. This unit is stationed at Station 1, runs as Brush 181, and is photographed here and here. Thanks to Josh at Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists
July 27, 2009 Benbrook - Recieved their two new medics. They are twin Traumahawks by AEV, built on Chevy chassis. They feature GPS, traffic advisor, Whelen LED warning lights. Benbrook also recieved a grant by the Texas Forestry Service which they used to refurbish B-353. Most of the work was done in house. Its built on a Ford F-550 chassis and includes a 500 gal water tank, Foam Pro foam system, all LED warning lights and GPS system. Word is in October B-253 should also be refurbished to match the new B-353. Thanks to Garrett
July 21, 2009 Fort Worth - Is looking for a $15,000,000.00 FEMA Grant (Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009) to build several fire stations. Click here for the city council agenda item. It mentions station 5(move from 1000 to 1200 Evans, and adds Hazmat team and support), a new station 42 at or near Spinks airport, and a station at or near Meacham airport that might combine the current stations 25 and 44. For Spinks airport they're also looking to fund 14 firefighters, an engine, and an ARFF.
June 19, 2009 Fort Worth - Has a new large capacity fan from SVI now. It was at FDIC and a photo is available at Fire Apparatus and Emergency Equipment's website. "Also I stopped in at Rosenbaur General in Wyoming, Minnesota again and they said that they have another contract with the Fort Worth Fire Department for five new engines, I'm guessing they will be started in a couple months. There were no other trucks on their agenda for this month or next month for the D/FW area." Thanks to Kyle
June 18, 2009 North Richland Hills - Has cancelled their order of a rescue pumper with AmericanLaFrance. The unit was ordered 27 months ago and as a result of ongoing restructering, American LaFrance was unable to meet the time frame designated in the contract or provide any time frame for delivery. This unit was to go in service as E223. The fire department will be going back out to bid along with a bid for a replacement quint to go in service on the North side of city as Q221. Thanks to Anonymous
June 18, 2009 Flower Mound - There is a bidding project on Prime Construction Company's website for Flower Mound Fire Station #5. It should be at 4601 Bridlewood Blvd., Flower Mound, Texas 75028. Thanks to Kyle
June 18 , 2009 Red Oak - A regular contributor asks, "What is going on with the engines? I heard a new engine number and was wondering if they are getting a new one or just moving the engines around." Can anyone help me answer this one? Thanks to Josh at Metro Fire Apparatus for the following answer: Red Oak had their quint updated, and is back in service. It is running out of Station 1. Their Crimson is now E-182 (this unit was E-181 and ran out of St. 1). The old E-182 is now a reserve and bares E-183. He sent these photos
June 15, 2009 Fort Worth - "The 110' Quint 25 has been moved to Station 12 and is now Quint 12. Station 25 is now running Engine 25. Old Quint 12 has been moved to Station 13 and is now Quint 13. Engine 32 is the last remaining Freightliner. No word as to when it will be replaced". Thanks to Anonymous
June 14, 2009 Irving - I got to see Irving's new Fire Boat 8 flowing water today. Unfortunately, I was on a bike ride, and only had my cell phone camera, which isn't that great. In any case, here are a couple still photos (1, 2) and a short video (in .3g2 format that plays with the QuickTime player).
June 10, 2009 Appleby - Just placed an order for their first Crimson pumper/tanker from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit will feature Crimsons SE body, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 2500 gallon water tank, three electric dump valves, 3000 gallon dump tank, side mount pump panel and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
June 10, 2009 Cleburne - Just approved an order for their first Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit will feature Crimsons SE body with smart storage, Hale QMAX 1500gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Foam logic class A foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, Top mount pump panel, Task Force Tips Crossfire deluge gun, Harrison 8kw generator, SuperVac Knight Light II and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Thanks to Brian
June 6, 2009 Fort Worth - The city's Police and Firefighters Memorial was dedicated yesterday, as described in this Star-Telegram article. More information can be found out http://www.cfwfallenheroes.org/.
June 6, 2009 EVENT Hugo, OK - "It is a bit of a drive for Dallas buffs, but Hugo, Oklahoma hosts an annual fire truck parade next weekend, June 6th. Last year there were 43 rigs and man, you want to talk about a selection! All of the rigs get there early (about 9AM or so) and everyone visits for a few hours before the parade (at Noon)." A link with a little more info. Thanks to Ken
May 24, 2009 Irving - Has a new boat (with firefighting capablities) for Lake Carolyn, in Las Colinas. Here's more info at this link. There's a better photo here, and mention of the new Station 4, which will be located south of the current station, closer to 183. The boat is also mentioned in the city's magazine. Thanks to Rick
May 20, 2009 Mount Rushmore Area- I vacationed in South Dakota and Wyoming recently, and saw these fire related things. If you're really bored and want to see most of my vacation photos click here. It's well worth a trip up there to see the beautiful country and national landmarks. A special thanks to Anna at Deadwood Fire Department for taking the time to pull out a couple of apparatus after a day of training and for Rich(I hope I remembered that correctly) coming in to sell me a T-shirt and Patch. Ben
May 20, 2009 Rhome - Took delivery of their new Rosenbauer 3000 gal tanker/pumper, from Emergency Vehicles of Texas. Here are two photos. The truck features: 1500 GPM pump, Command light, Foam Pro Pac track, and 10in rear dump. Thanks to Chris and Chief Pratt
May 7, 2009 - Parker County - ESD #6 accepted their second brush truck built by Emergency Vehicles of Texas in the last 8 months. The new truck built on a Dodge 5500 4x4 2-door cab/chassis has an 11 ft. steel flat bed with Rhino liner material applied; 400/20 gallon poly tank, front gated work stations with two whip line discharges, Darley/Odin 150/60 Mustang CAFSs system, hose reel, aluminum treadplate body compartments and Whelen led warning lights. The truck will be stationed at Horseshoe Bend Fire Department. Thanks to Emergency Vehicles of Texas
May 4 Dallas - Has new paramedic SUV's out ( Medics ). Medic 1 is at Station 29, and Medic 2 is at station 6. Also, Dallas is putting in new Battalion vehicles for the EMS Supervisor and Arson. Here are some pictures Michael took at at the shop. Arson 684, EMS supervisor 783, Battalion Chief 9. They are still working on the other SUV's. Battalion. 4 is moving to Station 28. They have been at Station 57's for years and years, but Battalion 4 covers a lot of area, so they are moving it to 28's, and maybe putting another Battalion in. If so its going to be Battalion.10 Stationed at 39's. Thanks to Michael
Texas Fire Museum is holding their 18th Annual Muster and Fire Engine Show on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The show will take place at Fish Trap Park (2400 Toronto) in West Dallas which is just west of the Hampton and Singleton intersection and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations will be appreciated. Texas Fire Museum is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization. We will have engines pumping water, water streams will be flowing out over the lake and ladders will be raised. For those that would like an up close and personal view of real but retired fire apparatus at work, we invite you to come and join us. This event is for children of all ages, those who are still “kids” at heart and those who may have a case of “good old days syndrome”. If you have questions, please contact the museum at 214-267-1867 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Thanks to Lindsay
4/30/2009 Josephine - Fire department is set to take delivery of their new Rosenabuer pumper built on the Spartan Furion cab/chassis on may 1st. The Rosenbauer pumper features the Centurion aluminum rescue body with Robinson roll up doors, Waterous CX 1250 GPM single stage pump; stainless steel plumbing; Foampro 2002 injection style foam system with a 20 gallon class “a” tank; 1000 gallon poly booster tank; electric right side ladder rack; Code 3 LED warning lights. The chassis is the Spartan Furion custom 4-door with seating for six (6); C7 Caterpillar 330 HP engine; Allison 3000EVS automatic transmission; extended front bumper with bumper discharge. This is the first Furion delivered in Texas. Thanks to Emergency Vehicles of Texas
4/28/2009 Arlington - Has a new Smeal for Quint 8. It's on a Spartan Gladiator chassis, has a 300 gallon tank, and 1500GPM Waterous pump. Here's a photo I took today, too bad the sun wasn't shining. Thanks to Kyle and Brian
4/28/2009 Richardson - Open house for the newly rebuilt Fire Station #2, located at Waterview and Arapaho, will be April 28 at 5:30 p.m. The new station includes many upgrades, including male and female sleeping quarters. A slide has replaced the firemen's pole to provide rapid egress from the second floor. Thanks to Steve.
4/22/2009 Arlington - Just took delivery another Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. Engine 5 is an exact replica of previous pumpers and features a Star Series stainless steel body, Smart Storage, CAT C-13 380hp engine, EVS 4000 transmission, Jacobs engine brake, electronic stability control, Waterous 1250 gpm pump, Foam Pro 2002 system w/ one 25 gallon class “A” foam tank, 750 gallon water tank, Supervac Knight Light II, Honda 5kw generator and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator EMFD chassis. Engine 5 represents the 31st Crimson apparatus placed in service by the Arlington Fire Department. Thanks to Metro Fire Appratus Specialists
4/21/2009 Cuthand - Volunteer Fire Department located in East Texas accepted delivery of their new Brushfighter built on a Ford F-550 4x4 2-door cab/chassis with a extruded aluminum flat bed that includes two (2) gated work stations with whip lines; cet gas powered pump with stainless steel plumbing; Scotty foam system; Hannay hose reel and complete with a Elkhart sidewinder front bumper turret with in cab joystick control. Thanks to Emergency Vehicles of Texas
4/21/2009 Wolfe City - Volunteer Fire Department recently took delivery of their 2nd Brushfighter truck built by Emergency Vehicles of Texas in the last 14 months. the Ford F-550 4x4 regular cab, with the 6.4l diesel engine, automatic transmission carries a 10 ft. steel flat bed with two gated work stations; Whelen LED warning lights; Waterous pump system with stainless steel suction and discharge manifolds; single Hannay hose reel, three aluminum treadplate body compartments. The truck was purchased with a Texas Forestry Service grant. Thanks to EVOT.
4/21/2009 Alba - Volunteer Fire Department recently placed into service a Rosenbauer-Central Division 1800 gallon tanker built on a M2 Freightliner chassis. The truck has a Waterous 1250 GPM pump system; 1800 gallon poly tank with a 10” rear dump; Honda generator with quartz lights; rescue style driver side compartments with standard lower running board compartments on the passenger side with Robinson roll-up doors; drop down Fol-da-tank storage. Thanks to Emergency Vehicles of Texas
4/20/2009 Arlington - The new Arlington Fire Station 3 on Fielder Road has been completed. The grand opening is scheduled for this Saturday, April 25, from 9:30 to 12:00 am, with a dedication ceremony to take place at 10:00 am. Thanks to Bill
4/13/2009 Forney - Just place an order for their first Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This until will feature Crimsons SE body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 750 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 2001 dual A/B foam system with 20 gallon foam tanks, Top mount pump panel, Task Force Tips Hurricane RC deluge gun, Harrison 6kw generator and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
4/12/2009 Fort Worth - Has a fire safety house on the city council agenda. Also, the SVI Bomb Truck and Ventilation Unit is getting some upgrades. The police department has 3 new mobile store fronts on the agenda.
4/6/2009 Wylie - has a new ambulance. It is a Horton on a Chevy 4500 chassis. It has a Duramax diesel, Allison transmission, and a rear air suspension. It was photographed beside our new fire station 3 located at Brown St. and W.A. Allen in Wylie. Thanks to Brian, James, & Michael.
4/3/2009 Fort Worth - Has a couple of Hazardous Gas and Vapor Identifiers Command System Packages on the council agenda. Also, a contract for the building of Station 27 (at 2940 Precinct Line Rd) is listed.
3/21/2009 McKinney - Opened fire house number 7 on Independence. It houses Medic 7 and Engine 7. They are working on station 8 which will house Medic 8, Engine 8, Truck 8 (tiller), and Battalion 2. Thanks to Jeremy
3/12/2009 Grapevine - Just took delivery of a new SuperVac Dive Rescue Truck(more pics) from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. The truck features seating for four rescue divers, a command center, a wet suite drying closet, an onboard shower system, roof top observation platform, two 110v AC units, an Onan 8.6KW generator, Knight Light II scene light tower and Whelen LED lighting all on a Freightliner/Morgan Olsen chassis. Photo. Thanks to Brian
2/28/2009 Grand Prairie’s - new Public Safety Headquarters is currently under construction at the southwest corner of Hwy 161 and Arkansas Lane. This state of the art 150,000 square foot facility will be four stories tall and will centralize the majority of police operations, including a new jail and police-fire communications center. It will also be the headquarters for the Fire Department. We expect to be in the building by Spring 2010. Here is a link to the architect’s website that shows renderings of the site.
2/22/2009 Rockwall - Is building two new stations. Station 3 is at E. Quail Run @ Audobon Ln. Station 4 is at SH205 and Fieldstone Dr. (next to Springer Elem). Also, they are adding 9 more paid personal. A new HP100 aerial is currently being built by E-One. The dealer is Hall-Mark. Thanks to Mike and Gary
2/21/2009 D/FW Airport - Matchbox released a Pierce top mount pumper in the airport's colors. Although this particular apparatus did not exist in real life, it's a nice local addition to my collection.
2/15/2009 Mesquite - Just took delivery of two Crimson pumpers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. Click for photo of Engine1 and Engine 2. Both feature a Star Series stainless steel body, Smart Storage, Hale Q-Max 1500 gpm pump, Foam Pro 2002 system w/ one 20 gallon class “A” foam tank and one 30 gallon class “B” foam tank, 500 gallon water tank, and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis. An add on order has been placed for one additional unit, delivery on that is expected in late summer. Thanks to Brian and Michael
1/28/2009 Submitting Guidelines - Please take a look at this new page. I'd like to hear some feedback on it from my regular readers, contributors and those who have considered submitting a news item. Any objections, clarifications, suggestions, complaints, etc.? Thank You, Ben
1/28/2009 Brady - Fire Department traded in their 2004 Freightliner/Rosenbauer 2 door commercial cab low side compartment engine for a 1996 Spartan/3D rescue engine. The new to them engine has more cab space and more compartment space so equipment from 3 different apparatus has been consolidated to this first out truck. They are still in the process of getting her ready for service, adding decals and lettering, and hope to be rolling her out on calls by next week. The engine, originally from California, was purchased from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus(visit to see more photos under current inventory). Thanks to Garrett
1/27/2009 Haltom City - has a new Rosenbauer engine based on a Spartan Gladiator chassis/Central body, running as E-473, similar to the last new engine, with 200 CFM, CAFS, Waterous 1500GPM pump, 500 gal tank, Cummins engine, Allison transmission, Smartpower, 10KW, Wheelen LED lights,. Thanks to Ed and Zack
1/27/2009 Azle - has received a new Rosenbauer custom engine (Engine 52) on a Spartan Gladiator/Central chassis. It has a Caterpillar C-9 engine, Allison transmission, Hale 1500 gpm pump with a FoamPro system. It also has a 100’ hydraulic rescue tool and electric reels, SVI Knight Sight system, front brow light, hydraulic ladder rack, Onan plumbed diesel generator, speed lays for attack hose below the pump panel walkway, integrated backup camera for the driver, Panasonic Toughbook MDC, rear chevron striping, pack rack tool storage, on board cooler for meds, and all LED warning lights. It should be in service by February 4. Thanks to Steve
1/18/2009 Farmers Branch - Has a new engine pictured here. Its been in service for approx. 1 week. It is Engine 133, a 2008 ALF Eagle with Caterpillar engine, a 65 ft.telsquirt, 1500 GPM Hale single stage pump, 500 gallon tank. Has no red line but uses a front bumper discharge with 100 ft of 1-3/4" hose for car, trash fires, etc. Carries 1000 ft of 5" hose, 800 ft of 3" hose, 3-crosslays with 150 ft of 1-3/4" hose on bottom tray, 200 ft of 1- 3/4" in the middle tray, and 250 ft of 2 -1/2" hose on top tray. Has 2 fixed brow scene lights, 2 quartz scene lights on the ladder tip,1 telescopic scene light on each side. It also carries paramedic gear as well. The bell is dedicated to the department's first fire chief, Bob Yeager. Thanks to Robert
1/13/2009 Bedford- Is about to take delivery of their first Crimson 103' aerial from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. This truck will feature Crimson's Star Series body with Smart Storage, A Waterous 1500gpm pump with 300 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 1600 foam system with 10 gallon foam tank, Harrison 10kw generator, SVI Knight Light II and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. The new truck will run as Truck 153. Click here for photo. Thanks to Brian
1/12/2009 Keller - Has a new Pierce Velocity 75'. It will be assigned to the new fire station at the corner of Bear Creek Pkwy and Keller-Smithfield Rd which will be Station 4 and it's unit number will be Quint 584. Station 4 is scheduled to be up and running sometime in March this year. We've also have two new Frazier F450 Ambulances on order. One for St.4 which will be Medic 584 and the other for St3 which will be Medic 583. Thanks to Ryan
1/12/2009 Fort Worth - The Fort Worth Fire Department opened Station 41, located at 11400 Willow Springs Road, on Jan 5th with E-41 and Water-41. On Jan 10, the "old, temporary Station 41" became the "new, temporary Station 34" with E-34. Their new station will not be completed until later this year / early next year, and will be located in the Sendera Ranch Addition. On Jan 15th, Station 11, located at 1900 Texan Drive (just west of Texas Motor Speedway) will open with E-11. Thanks to Greg
1/7/2009 Fort Worth - From our friend from way up north, "I was looking trough http://www.primeconstructionco.com/ under "bidding projects" and found plans for a new Fort Worth Fire Station 27. The stations address would be 8900 Trinity Boulevard. From looking at most of the addendums it will look the same as new station 41 & 11 (witch I also found are now done.) Station 41 & 11's plans are also on the website under current projects." Thanks Kyle
12/30/2008 Tucker - Just placed an order for their first Crimson custom pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. This truck will feature Crimson's E-Lite body, A Waterous 1500gpm pump with 1000 gallon water tank, top mount pump panel and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Furion chassis. Delivery is expected in late spring 2009. Thanks to Brian
12/21/2008 Tarrant County ESD #1 - has placed an order for a Pierce 2000 gallon dry side tanker. This unit will match previous units but on an Impel chassis with TAK-4 suspension and CAFS from Martin Apparatus. Thanks to Travis
12/15/2008 Temple - Just placed an order for three Crimson pumpers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. These units will feature Crimsons Star Series stainless steel body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pumps, 750 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 1600 foam system w/20 gallon foam tank, Honda 5kw generator, SVI Knight Light II light tower, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. Thanks to Brian
12//15/2008 Burleson - Just placed an order for their second Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This unit will feature Crimsons Star Series stainless steel body with smart storage, Hale QFLO 1250gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank, Harrison 10kw generator, SVI Knight Light II light tower, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
12/15/2008 Fort Worth - There's a city council item recommending the purchase of a Spartan aerial on the agenda. I assume this will be a Smeal since it's going through the Houston-Galveston Area Council with Scott Fire Apparatus. It's slated to replace Quint 33 on the very far east side.
12/15/2008 Jacksboro -Recently took delivery of a Rosenbauer-Central Division midi pumper built on a GMC crew cab chassis, aluminum body with rescue style compartment, Robinson roll up doors, Darley PSM 1000 GPM pump, stainless steel plumbing, Foampro 1600 foam system, crosslays, front bumper monitor with remote control joystick, Dakota gel delivery system plumbed to the booster reel, auxiliary 30 GPM electric pump plumbed to the front bumper turret, Whelen LED warning lights. The truck was sold by David Hubbard. Thanks to Ed at Emergency Vehicles of Texas
12/12/2008 Irving – Just place an order for two apparatus from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. The first unit is a Crimson 103’ rear mount aerial. This unit will feature Crimsons Star Series body with Smart Storage, a Waterous 1500gpm pump, Foam Pro 2002 foam system with 30 gallon tank, 300 gallon water tank, Harrison 10kw hydraulic generator, SVI Knight Light II light tower and, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis. The second apparatus is a SuperVac heavy rescue. This unit will feature an SVI 20’ aluminum body, coffin compartments, Onan 30kw PTO generator, SVI Command Light tower, Warn portable winch and Whelen LED lighting all of a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis. Thanks to Brian
12/12/2008 Haltom City - Has purchased a Rosenbauer-Central Division heavy duty 26 ft. non-walkin custom rescue from Emergency Vehicles of Texas. The truck will be built on a Spartan Gladiator LFD cab/chassis. the 26 ft. aluminum body rescue will have painted Robinson roll-up doors, coffin compartments for roof storage; 40kw generator; Will-burt light tower; PTO driven air compressor. Thanks to Ed
12/12/2008 Southlake - has placed an order for another Quantum pumper with TAK-4 Independent Front Suspension. This unit will match previous units with 500 gallons water, 1750 Hale pump, Husky foam system, hydraulic generator and lights. Thanks to Travis at Martin Fire Apparatus
12/12/008 D/FW Airport - took delivery of their first Pierce PUC pumper. I have included a picture of it. It has TAK-4, Frontal Airbags, Side Roll Protection, 750 water with a 1500 gpm PUC Pump with pump and roll, an Elkhart front turret, Husky foam and Hercules CAFS, Harrison 10KW generator and lights, etc. Thanks to Travis at Martin Fire Apparatus
12/11/2008 Mansfield – Just place an order for their third Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This until will be a different design from previous units and will feature Crimsons Star Series stainless steel body with smart storage, Waterous 1500gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank, Harrison 10kw generator, SVI Knight Light II light tower, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star chassis. Thanks to Brian
12/4-5/2008 D/FW Airport Fire Training - I had a great opportunity to see live fire training at D/FW's burn pit today. Miami-Dade was in town training. I shot a little video with a new Flip Video Mino HD, and put it on YouTube. It looks much better on my computer than it does on YouTube, but I guess they have to compress it quite a bit to be able to stream as much as they do. Here's a better version in Windows .wmv format. Here are my still photos from 12/4 and here are some from 12/5. I made a few into good 1024x768 wallpaper sizes here, here, here, and here. If you're from MiamiDade FD and want larger photos for prints, just let me know. Thanks to D/FW Airport and Miami-Dade for allowing me access.
12/5/08 Parker -VFD Just took delivery of a new Smeal 75' aerial, from Scott Fire Apparatus in Wylie Tx. Click here for photo. This unit featured Smeal's EHL hose loading system, Auto truck level, Hale Q-Max 2000 pump, Foam Pro 2002, 400/20 water and foam tanks, Whelen LED light package, Onan 10KW Pto generator and all on a Spartan Sirius Chassis. This truck was dedicated to Chief Larry Allen and his years of devoted public fire service. Thanks to Jon
12/3/2008 Bogata - VFD has purchased a Rosenbauer-Central Division pumper that will be built on a 2-door Freightliner chassis. delivery will be first quarter 2009. Thanks to Ed at Emergency Vehicles of Texas
11/28/2008 Fort Worth - Report from our northern division: "Today I was in Wyoming, MN at General Safety Equipment "Rosenbauer America." While I was there I found two new Fort Worth Fire apparatus. They are Engine 11 and Engine 38, both are Spartan/Gladiator Rosenbauer Generals with Waterous Fire Pumps and CAFS, just like most of the other new engines. The only different things I found about them was a little bit longer ladder rack and an "Eagle Siren", it is supposed to sound something like a Q". I believe someone told me just last week, that the next 4 Spartans will displace the remaining Freightliners from frontline service. Thanks to Kyle
11/26/2008 Plano - Approved at the Monday night council meeting, the purchase of five (5) Rosenbauer-General Safety custom pumpers along with two (2) Rosenbauer model RK109, 109 ft. rear mount aerials. Thanks to Ed at Emergency Vehicles of Texas
11/25/2008 Frisco - Has a new Hazmat 601 Pierce Velocity Split Tilt cab, Walk-in command and workspace, Walk-in Body Tow er mounted camera, satellite uplink, antenna raceways, generator. They also have a "big" communications truck on order, expected for FRI 2009 in Dallas. Thanks to Martin Fire Apparatus.
11/25/2008 Bells and Sherman - Bells FD has a new engine through a FEMA fire grant purchase, clone of Sherman FD pumpers. (FYI Sherman has a 3rd Custom pumper with CAFS on order) Also, Allen FD has (3) Arrow XT Pierce PUC pumpers on order, June 2009 delivery . Thanks to Martin Fire Appratus
11/24/2008 Irving - I caught the new Engine 11 at Grapevine's station 1 today, as Metro Fire Apparatus showed it, and engine going to Friendswood, and an aerial for Arlington. Other photos available here. Nice to meet you in person Brian.
11/21/2008 Ducanville - Took delivery of a 4 door mini-pumper from Pierce running as B272. Click here for photo. 300 gallons water, foam, two preconnects, generator and lights, transverse front compartment. Thanks to Travis from Martin Apparatus
11/19/2008 Irving - Just took delivery of their first two Crimson pumpers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. Both trucks feature Crimsons SE series body with Smart Storage, top pump panel, Waterous 1500gpm pump with Eclipse CAFS system, Foam Pro 2002 foam system, 40 gallon foam tank, 500 gallon water tank, TFT Hurricane RC deck gun, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis. Engine 1 is photographed here. The other will go to Station 11. Thanks to Brian
11/19/2008 Pierce - I saw what looked like 3 Pierce aerials at Fort Worth's Bolt St. shop today. They're red or red and white, so I imagine they're demos or something. They were not in a spot accessible for a good photo.
11/12/2008 Fort Worth - City Council Agenda Item: "Authorize a Construction Contract in the Amount of $2,623,724.00 with Alshall Construction Company to Construct Fire Station No. 34 to be Located on Sendera Ranch Boulevard"
11/7/2008 Parker County - ESD #6 took delivery of their new Dodge 5500 Series chassis Brushfighter from Emergency Vehicles of Texas. The truck has a Darely Mustang 150-60 CAFS skid; 400 gallon poly tank; 11 ft. steel flat bed with two (2) gated work stations; hose reel; whip line discharges and a front bumper turret. Truck is stationed at the Tin Top Volunteer Fire Department. A second unit is on order for the ESD. Thanks to Ed
10/24/2008 Mesquite - Just placed an add-on order for a Crimson pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. This unit will be an exact replica of the two that are currently in production. They feature a Star Series stainless steel body, Smart Storage, Hale Q-Max 1500 gpm pump, Foam Pro 2002 system w/ one 20 gallon class “A” foam tank and one 30 gallon class “B” foam tank, 500 gallon water tank, and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis. Delivery of this unit is expected sometime in late summer of 2009. Thanks to Brian
10/24/2008 Parker - Is getting a new Smeal 75" Aerial, 2000 GPM Hale Pump, 525 HP CAT Engine. 400 gallon water tank. Built to the latest NFPA 1901 standards. Expected delivery is in November, and it will run as Truck 1. Thanks to Michael.
10/16/2008 Decatur - Recently took delivery of a Rosenbauer-Central Division CAFS custom pumper(click here for photo). It has a rescue style aluminum body; top mount control panel; 1250 GPM Waterous pump with the 200SP PTO driven CAFS system; electric ladder rack; Spartan Advantage 10” raised roof cab/chassis.
10/15/2008 Fort Worth - Has a 1940 Mack on the city council agenda. It is recommended that the City Council authorize the City Manager to accept the donation from Mr. Mike Slusser of a 1940 Mack Fire Engine, Model 80, Serial No. 80LS1050 valued at $10,000.00, for use by the Fire Department. Mr. Mike Slusser would like to donate this 1940 fire engine so that it can be restored and utilized by the Fire Department for public relations purposes. However, if in the future, the City no longer wants the fire engine, the City will donate the fire engine to the Fire Museum in Dallas, Texas, or such equivalent.
10/10/2008 Sansom Park - Just recieved their new brush truck (click here for photo) and it will go into service on Monday, October 13. It's from Wildfire and comes with a 750 gallon tank, Foam Pro foam system, Firecom, front mounted remote control turret, Whelen warning lights and siren all on a Ford F-750 chassis. Thanks to Garrett
10/1/2008 Nacona - Recently received an E-ONE Rescue Pumper Freightliner featuring M2 4 door chassis, Top Mount pump panel, Zico overhead ladder rack, ROM rollup doors, Aluminum hose bed covers, Hale QFLO 1250 gpm pump, 1000 gallon water tank, 30 gallon foam tank, Booster reel mounted in rear compartment, Hale 2.1A Foam Logix System, Whelen LED lighting package, Honda EM5000SXK generator, Code 3 LEDX Narrowstick, Safety Vision backup camera. Thanks to Tom at Hall-Mark, Texas
Red Springs – Just placed an order for two fire apparatus from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. The first is a medium rescue from SuperVac and features a 16’ aluminum body, Onan 25kw PTO generator, two electric cord reels, two Holmatro hydraulic reels, storage for 30 air bottles, a SuperVac 9000 watt Command Light scene light, and Whelen LED lighting all on a Freightliner M2 2-door chassis. The second unit is a pumper from Crimson and features a SE series aluminum body, 1000 gallon water tank, Waterous 1500gpm pump, Foam Pro 1600 class “A” system with 30 gallon tank, top mount pump panel, Honda 5kw generator, Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis. Delivery for both of these units is expected by mid-summer 2009.
Grapevine – Just placed an order for a dive rescue vehicle from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. The chassis will be from Morgan Olsen and finished out by SuperVac. The unit will feature on board storage for all of their dive equipment, a dressing area, a drying area for wet suites, an equipment maintenance area, an Onan 12kw diesel generator, a Knight Light II scene light, an observation deck, and Whelen LED lighting. Delivery of this unit is expected in early Spring 2009.
Mesquite – Just placed an order for a SuperVac heavy rescue from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists. This unit will feature a 16’ aluminum body, Onan 25kw PTO generator, two electric cord reels, storage for 40 air bottles, six ASME cascade bottles with Bauer 3-position fill station, a SuperVac 9000 watt Command Light scene light, upper coffin compartments, and Whelen LED lighting all on a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis. Delivery of this unit is expected sometime in late summer of 2009.
9/23/2008 Princeton - Recently received this E-ONE Fire Ranger MPX on an International 4400 4 door chassis featuring: Waterous CX 1250 Single stage pump Foam Pro 2001 foam system, TFT XG18L telescoping deck gun, Pneumax Silver Compressed Air Foam System, 480 gallon water tank, 20 gallon foam tank, Backboard storage compartment, Federal LED warning light package, Right side hydraulic ladder rack. Thanks to Tom
9/23/2008 South Brazos County - Just took delivery of their first custom pumper/tanker from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. Click here for photo. This unit was manufactured by US tanker and includes: side pump panel, 1250GPM Waterous pump, 2000 gallon elliptical water tank, three Newton dump valves, TFT Crossfire deck gun and, 6kw Onan generator, Whelen LED warning lights all on a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis. Thanks to Brian
9/18/2008 KELLER- "The City Council has set aside funding in the 2008-09 budget to operate and staff Fire Station No. 4, which is under construction at the southeast corner of Bear Creek Parkway and Keller Smithfield Road. The council approved funding for the station Tuesday as part of a $67.28 million operating budget, up 2.5 percent from the current $65.65 million budget. The 11,100-square-foot station is expected to open in early 2009." from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
9/17/2008 - Do you represent a local apparatus dealer or manufacturer, or know of anyone I missed? Please make sure you and your brands are listed correctly in the new Local Dealer/Mfg. Links. Please let me know if you have corrections or additions? I think I have contacts at all of the major brands that are in service in the area, except Sutphen. If you represent Sutphen, please feel free to send me some new deliveries as you get them. Thanks to all of you who have contributed.
9/17/2008 Breckenridge - Purchased an E-One Tradition pumper featuring: full height compartments on driver side, 1000 gallon tank, 1250 GPM Hale QFlo pump side mount pump panel, roll up rear compartment door, Federal KWS warning lights, International 2 door chassis 310 HP DT570 engine, 10 year structural warranty, lifetime water tank warranty, 10 year stainless steel plumbing warranty, 10 year paint & corrosion perforation warranty. Thanks to Tom of Hall-Mark Texas
9/15/2008 Fate - Has a new E-ONE Rescue Pumper Typhoon Long Cab featuring: Medical Cabinet in cab Cummins ISL 425 Engine Allison EVS3000 Transmission 12" Vista Roof Rescue Pumper Body Roll Up Compartment Doors Roof Top Compartment Storage Hale QMAX 1500 GPM Pump 530 Gallon Water Tank Foam Pro 2002 foam system 8KW Smart Power Generator Federal Signal LED warning lights. Thanks to Tom at Hall-Mark
Pumper: Spartan Advantage Chassis Cummins Engine Allison Automatic Rosenbauer Aluminum Body Waterous Cx-1250 Gpm Pump Waterous 200-sp CAFS Foam System Waterous Advantus 6 Foam System 750 Gallon Poly Tank Rescue Style Compartments Robinson Roll Up Doors Electric Ladder Rack Onan 7.5 Generator
Aerial: Spartan Advantage Chassis Cummins Engine Allison Automatic Rosenbauer Aluminum Body Waterous Cx-1250 Gpm Pump Waterous 200-sp CAFS Foam System Waterous Advantus 6 Foam System 500 Gallon Poly Tank Rescue Style Compartments Robinson Roll Up Doors Side Stack Hose Bed Onan 7.5 Generator Rk – 60 Ft. 2-section Aerial Ladder
Athens -Takes delivery of a Rosenbauer 1250 GPM custom pumper. Rosenbauer aluminum body top mount control panel Waterous CSU 1250 gpm pump 1000 gallon poly tank Foampro 2002 foam system Spartan Metro Star chassis Cummins engine Allison automatic transmission Weldon V-mux multiplexing.
9/10/2008 Bedford - A new quint, medic, and additional apparatus bays at station 3 were discussed or mentioned in online budget info. Some items were covered in a new budget work session back on 8/8/2008. The police department wants to switch from Crown Vics to Tahoes.
9/8/2008 Prosper - Just received a new Brush truck from WEIS Fire out of Salina, Kansas running as Brush 1, photo here. It’s a 2008 F-550 4WD with a 500/10 Poly tank, winch connection in the front and back, bumper turret on front bumper, 12’ aluminum skid with gated work area, diesel powered Hale Pump and Code 3 Emergency lighting system. Thanks to Jason
9/3/2008 Godley - Received a new 400 gallon brush truck (click for photo) from Wildfire Truck & Equipment in Alvarado, TX. The truck is a 2008 Ford F550 with an 11' custom aluminum bed with a Hale HPX200 pump a Whelen LED warning package, a Mile Marker 12000# hydraulic winch and custom tool boxes. Thanks to Don
8/26/2008 Fort Worth - Had a "SV1 Spartan bomb truck and a fan ventilator " on the city council agenda this week. I'm guessing SV1 is suppose to be SVI. "The SV1 Spartan bomb truck, also known as a special service apparatus, and the trailer-mounted fan ventilator will be utilized by the Fire Department in bomb-related incidents. The fan ventilator is transportable and comes equipped with a fuel-injected engine, an 8-gallon fuel tank and has a run time of two hours. " Thanks to Brian at Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists for this link to the fan units on the SVI website.
8/25/2008 Nevada - Just took delivery of their first Crimson custom pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This pumper features Crimson's E-Lite body, side pump panel, 1000 gallon water tank, 1500GPM Waterous pump, TFT Crossfire deck gun and, Whelen LED warning lights all on a Spartan Big Easy MFD chassis. Click for photo. Thanks to Brian
8/21/2008 Weatherford and Athens - Kyle wrote in, "I stopped in at Rosenbauer Central Division in Lyons, SD on 8-20-08 and found two new apparatus from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The first apparatus was engine 3553 for Athens, TX which will be going to Emergency Vehicles of Texas. The second apparatus was an aerial for Weatherford, TX. This is also going to Emergency Vehicles of Texas. Thanks Kyle
8/8/2008 Everman - Just placed an order for a Crimson custom pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. This truck will feature Crimson's SE series body with Smart Storage, A Waterous 1500gpm pump with 750 gallon water tank, Foam Pro 1600 foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, Supervac Knight Light II, Honda 5kw generator all on a Spartan Metrostar chassis. Delivery is expected in late spring 2009. Thanks to Brian
8/4/2008 Brownsboro - Just took delivery of their first Crimson custom pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This pumper features Crimson's E-Lite body, side pump panel, 1000 gallon water tank, 1500GPM Waterous pump, Foam Pro 1600 foam system, TFT Crossfire deck gun and, Whelen LED warning lights all on a Spartan Big Easy MFD chassis. Click here for photo. Thanks to Brian
8/4/2008 Tyler - Just took delivery of their third Crimson custom pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This pumper features Crimson's Star Series body, side pump panel, 500 gallon water tank, 1500GPM Waterous pump, TFT Crossfire monitor, Harrison 8kw generator and, Whelen LED warning lights all on a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis. Click here for photo. Thanks to Brian
8/1/2008 Irving - Just placed an order for an additional two (2) Crimson custom pumpers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. These two will be replicas of the previous two with the exception of no CAFS. The first two engines will be delivered sometime in October, the next two will be delivered in late spring 2009. Thanks to Brian
7/28/2008 Fort Worth - I visited station 35 at Alliance Airport today to take these photos of Rescue 352, a Rosenbauer Panther 3000. The engineer was even nice enough to flow some water. They moved the old E-One Titan to Meacham Field, and are expecting a 3rd Rosenbauer at 35's in the next year. There are some good wallpaper size (1024x768) photos here, here, here, and here. Thank You FWFD for pulling R352 out and flowing water!
7/26/2008 Decatur - Took delivery of their new large Brushfighter apparatus built by Emergency Vehicles of Texas. Built on a Ford F-750 2-door cab/chassis; after market front driving axle, 13’ aluminum flat bed with gated work stations, 600/20 gallon poly tank, CET 35 CFM diesel powered CAFS system, front bumper turret. Click here for photo. Thanks to Ed
7/26/2008 Arrowhead Ranch Estates - VFD recently took delivery of a new large Brushfighter apparatus built by Emergency Vehicles of Texas. Ford F-750 4-door cab/chassis; after market front driving axle; 300 hp diesel engine; automatic transmission; 12 ft. aluminum flat bed with gated work stations; Waterous diesel powered pump system; 750/10 poly tank; front bumper turret. Click for photo.Thanks to Ed
7/22/2008 D/FW Airport - I finally caught some of the ARFF units working grass fires. It's the 3rd time that I've heard of lately. Here are some photos of them working hotspots. Irving has helped out each time too.
7/16/2008 Grapevine - Here's photo of Grapevine’s new Rosenbauer custom pumper that was recently delivered. It's built on the Spartan Gladiator cab/chassis; Rosenbauer-Central Division aluminum body; Hale QMax 2000 gpm pump; Waterous 200-SP CAFS system. Thanks to Ed at Emergency Vehicles of Texas
7/16/2008 Branch - Here's a photo of a new Brushfighter Attack truck for the Branch VFD. This is the first new truck the department has purchased in their 23 years of serving their area. Stahl body; 400/10 poly tank, Darley pump system, Foampro 1600, booster reel and Federal Signal LED warning lights. Chief Jimmy Knipp pictured with the truck. Thanks to Ed at Emergency Vehicles of Texas
7/14/2008 Tyler - just placed an order for five (5) Crimson custom pumpers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. These five will be replicas of the previous three and will be delivered sometime in early 2009. Photo of Engine 9. Thanks to Brian
7/11/2008 Winona- Just took delivery of their first Crimson custom pumper (photo)from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This pumper features Crimson's SE Series body, side pump panel, 1000 gallon water tank, 1500GPM Waterous pump with Foam Pro 1600 foam system and , TFT Crossfire monitor, Honda 5kw generator, Whelen LED warning lights all on a Spartan Big Easy MFD chassis. Thanks to Brian at Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists.
6/23/2008 Dalworthington Gardens- Just took delivery of their first Crimson custom pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. Click for photo. This pumper features Crimson's Star Series stainless steel body, side pump panel, 1000 gallon water tank, 1500GPM Waterous pump Elkhart bypass eductor foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, TFT Hurricane RC monitor, Honda 5kw generator, SVI Knight Light II scene light, Whelen warning lights all on a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis. Thank to Brian at Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist
6/13/2008 Plano - Will be taking delivery of their new engine with a 60 ft. 2-section aerial ladder/master water stream. The truck is built by Rosenbauer-General Division with the heavy duty extruded aluminum body, Waterous pump system, RK 60 ft. aerial, Spartan Gladiator cab/chassis. Photo. Thanks to Ed of Emergency Vehicles of Texas
6/13/2008 Rhome - Purchased a new 3000 gallon custom pumper/tanker apparatus from Rosenbauer-Central Division on June 10th. The tanker will be built on a Spartan Metro Star Tandem axle chassis and the body will be a Central States with a 3000 gallon poly tank. Thanks to Ed of Emergency Vehicles of Texas
6/9/2008 Bridgeport- Just took delivery of their first Crimson custom tanker/pumper (photo) from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This tanker features Crimson's E Series body, top mount pump panel, 2500 gallon water tank, 1500GPM Waterous pump with Eclipse CAFS system, Foam-Pro 2002 foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, Harrison 10kw hydraulic generator, SVI Knight Light II scene light, Whelen LED warning lights all on a Spartan Metro Star LFD chassis. Thanks to Brian
6/1/2008 Richland Hills - Quint 291, a Rosenbauer 75' rear mount with CAFS from Emergency Vehicles of Texas, will soon be in service. It's a great looking apparatus. Here are some walkaround photos and here's one that makes a nice desktop image, and yes it's a very tight fit into the bay. Thanks to the Richland Hills crew who pulled the quint out for me.
5/21/2008 Plano - Took delivery of two new Rosenbauer-General Safety custom CAFS pumpers on May 19th. The new pumpers have the extruded aluminum General Safety body; Waterous rear mounted pump with the Waterous 200-SP, PTO Driven CAFS “compressed Air Foam System”. Photo of Engine 3 and Engine 9. Thanks to Ed at Emergency Vehicles of Texas
5/21/2008 Grapevine, Jacksonville and Richland Hills -Emergency Vehicles of Texas will soon deliver a 75' Quint to Richland Hills, a custom pumper to Grapevine, and a 109' Quint for Jacksonville. Thanks to Ed at EVOT
5/18/2008 Irving - has a new Ford 750 Crew Cab(red) with a command looking box (white). It's at Station 11, and will be used to tow the mass decon trailer. It is not yet lettered. Once it is, I'll swing by and take some photos. Thanks to the guys who told me about the truck. They also mentioned Irving is suppose to get a fire boat. Thanks to my bicycle(found this one on a bike ride)
5/17/2008 Arlington - to Dedicate Heroes’ Park on May 17 New Park Pays Tribute to Fallen Police Officers, Fire Fighters The dedication of Heroes’ Park is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17. The park is a tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty while serving the city. The ceremony will be held at the park, which is located at 2100 W. Green Oaks Blvd., adjacent to the Arlington Police Department West Station. Media parking has been reserved at Woodland Park located on the east side of Green Oaks Blvd., across from Heroes Park.
5/13/2008 Arlington - Engine 14 has been replaced with a Crimson. See photo of the old and the new. This represents the last of the 1998-99 Freightliners to go from front line to reserve status. Thanks to Chris and Brian
5/11/2008 Telico - Just took delivery of their first Crimson custom pumper (photo) from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This pumper features Crimson's E-Lite body, top mount pump panel, 1000 gallon water tank, 1500GPM Waterous pump, Foam-Pro 1600 foam system, TFT Crossfire deck gun and, Whelen LED warning lights all on a Spartan Big Easy MFD chassis. Thanks to Brian
5/11/2008 Burleson- Just took delivery of their first Crimson custom pumper(photo) from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This pumper features Crimson's Star Series body w/ Smart Storage, side mount pump panel, 500 gallon water tank, 1250GPM Hale pump, SuperVac Knight Light II, Harrison10kw generator, TFT Crossfire deck gun and, Whelen LED warning lights all on a Spartan Advantage LFD chassis. Thanks to Brian
5/11/2008 & 7/10/2007 Cedar Hill/Grand Prairie - A new station 4 is described here as serving both cities. Mike asked me if I knew what apparatus might be stationed there. If anyone has heard, please let me know. Here's an article on WFAA.com. A new Pierce pumper is on order with delivery expected this summer. It will be designated Engine 214. Thanks to Mike, Jeff, and Eric
Texas Fire Museum - TFM Members/Friends: Texas Fire Museum is holding their 17th Annual Muster on Saturday, May 3, 2008. The show will take place at Fish Trap Park in West Dallas which is just west of the Hampton and Singleton intersection and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We plan to grill dogs again at this year's event due to the overwhelming positive response we received on last year's lunch. Chips and drinks will be provided as well. The donation can will be set up to pay for the rations. Here are some photos from the event. Thanks to the Texas Fire Museum for their hospitality and sharing their apparatus.
Lewisville - Has just recently placed new vehicles in service for all of the Chief Officers including the Batt. Chief. There's a new Dive Rescue Truck in service as well. It is also rumored that station 7 construction should be starting soon. Thanks to a visitor
Red Oak- Just took delivery of their first Crimson custom pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. This pumper features Crimson's Star Series body w/ Smart Storage, side mount pump panel, 1000 gallon water tank, 1500GPM Waterous pump with a Foam Pro 1600 class "A" foam system with 20 gallon foam tank, SuperVac Knight Light II, Harrison10kw generator, TFT Hurricane deck gun and, Whelen LED warning lights all on a Spartan Advantage chassis. Thanks to Brian
4/21/2008 Frisco - E601 made an apperance at FDIC Indianapolis recently, and fellow Texan, William Weeks, was able to get this photo for us. According to the windshield info."Velocity Rear Mount Pumper, 84" cab, 10" raised roof, 545 gal tank, Waterous 1500GPM pump". Thanks to William
3/31/2008 Keller - A proposed Station 4 will be built at Keller-Smithfield and Bear Creek Parkway. See Star-Telegram article for more details. "Fire Station No. 4 will sit on about three acres at 501 Keller-Smithfield Road South. With its three bays, it will be larger than existing stations in the city, King said. The city's other two stations only have two bays, but could be expanded in the future, he said. The station will house six firefighters, two battalion chiefs and a captain. " It's hoped that it will be built by next spring.
3/31/2008 Mesquite - Has a new Command truck on a Ford F-450 chassis(photo). Here are some features 1.Has light towers on that retract into the body when not in use 2.Carries extra SCBA tanks for use as a cascade at structure fires 3.The unit has auxiliary power hook-ups 4.Extra computer hook-ups can be found in the cab for a variety of tasks 5. Mesquite Command 1 Runs on most structure fires as well as roll-over accidents were a ladder unit is required for victim removal. Thanks to Thomas
3/20/2008 Richardson - Just took delivery of their second SuperVac Special Operations Apparatus from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This vehicle features an aluminum body, Onscene LED compartment lighting, Holmatro EPU60 rescue tool system, 300 gallon water tank, 250GPM Hale pump, SuperVac Command Light , Climatronics weather system, Onan 25kw generator, Whelen LED warning lights all on a Spartan Gladiator LFD 24" raised roof chassis. Photo and info Thanks to Brian
3/12/2008 CareFlite - "AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that CareFlite Dallas/Fort Worth has ordered another AW109 Power light twin turbine helicopter. This purchase adds to the five AW109 Powers ordered in 2001 and further expands CareFlite's fleet dedicated to emergency medical service purposes. Speaking on behalf of CareFlite, President and CEO James Swartz stated "This latest contract further confirms the reliance CareFlite, as a leading US air medical operator servicing a major metropolitan area, places upon the exceptional performance, operational economies, support and EMS capabilities of the AW109 Power. AgustaWestland's AW109 meets and exceeds our load and range requirements while adding superior single engine performance. Its unequalled maximum and cruise speed facilitates an expeditious response to CareFlite's medical emergencies when seconds are critical." Thanks to Terry
3/1/2008 Fort Worth - Kyle from Minnesota says we have Engine 2 and Engine 31 headed our way. Looks like these are more of the Spartan/General engines. Don says, "I have looked and found that Engine 2 is now at the Bolt Street Shop and Engines 13, 16, 32, 36, and 38(reserve) are the companys that still have the Freightliners as their Apparatus". So there's 5 more to go" Thanks for the long distance report Kyle and to Don for the Freightliner inventory.
2/23/2008 Roanoke - Just took delivery of their first Crimson custom pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This pumper features Crimsons Star Series body w/ Smart Storage, side mount pump panel, 750 gallon water tank, 1500GPM Waterous pump with Eclipse CAFS system and Foam Pro 2002 foam system with 30 gallon foam tank, SuperVac Knight Light II, Onan 10kw generator, TFT Hurricane remote control deck gun and, Whelen LED warning lights all on a Spartan Evolution chassis. Click for photo. Thanks to Brian
2/22/2008 Various - Here are lots of photos from Fort Worth Station 2, D/FW Airport Training, Stewart & Stevenson(S&S), and the Texas Fire Museum. I'll try to get some more info, but as I recall from one of the tour guides, DFW is going to be adding 2 more "city stations", 7 appartus. I think he said 3 trucks, 2 quints and two engines, but it may have been 3 engines, 2 trucks, and 2 quints. Also, they'll be adding about 40 personel. The Bronto will go bye-bye. Thanks to Texas Fire Museum
2/21/2008 Dallas - I had a chance to tour the Dallas Fire Rescue Training, Manitenance, and Supply facility today. There are lots of new apparatus waiting to hit the streets. Quite a few new boosters (thanks to Chris for the link), Bat trucks, Engine 42, an new Texas Task Force 2 USAR Semi (I think it's new), and probably others I'm forgetting. There was too much to keep up with. Here are my photos. Also, there are 2 new platforms on order(that's something new for Dallas), and a couple of new stations in the works. Thanks to Michael and Michael
1/26/2008 Hurst - Here's a photo from Metro Fire Apparatus of Hurst's new Quint 203. They just took delivery of the a 75' Spartan/Crimson aerial from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. The aerial features Crimsons Star Series body, side mount pump panel, 500 gallon water tank, 1750GPM Hale pump with Foam Pro 1600 foam system and, Onan 10kw generator, LED warning lights all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. This is the first fire apparatus delivered to Hurst with the new red over white paint scheme. Here are my walk-around photos. Thanks to Brian and Robert
1/17/2008 Arlington - Station 3 has already been demolished to be replaced by a larger building. A new station 4 is being built behind the existing building, after which it will be demolished. Thanks to Bill
1/16/2008 Arlington - Just took delivery of the first of three Spartan/Crimson pumpers from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. The pumpers feature Crimsons Star Series body, side mount pump panel, 750 gallon water tank, 1250GPM Waterous pump with Foam Pro 1600 foam system, SuperVac Knight Light II, Honda 5000 generator and, LED warning lights all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis. An add on order for one more engine has been received bringing the total engine order to four. Here's a photo of Engine 14. Thanks to Brian
1/09/2008 Southlake - Broke ground on their new East DPS station according to this Star-Telegram article. Also a new Truck 402 was received, and a new medic is expected. The truck is a 100 foot Sutphen. I took some photos today.Thanks to Drew
1/9/2008 Arlington - AMR Ambulance will be testing a new ambulance described in this Fort Worth Star-Telegram article. Thanks to Bob we have a photo to see the checkered paint job. Bob also sent this link with more information. After a little googling I found this, but I'm not sure it's the same paint scheme they're using here. It would certainly be hard to miss. You might find this thread interesting at www.ModelFireTrucks.net. It has photo of some fender/wheel well area chevrons that are very eye catching.
1/1/2008 Colleyville - Two new stations should open soon. One replaces the current station 1, the other is an additional station. Fort Worth Star-Telegram article and this one tells about some city open houses.
11/23/2007 Telico - Placed an order for a Spartan/Crimson E-Lite pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. It will feature a Crimson E-Lite body, top mount pump panel, 1000 gallon water tank, 1500 GPM Waterous pump, Foam Pro system, LED warning lights and, a Fire Com system all on a Spartan Big Easy chassis. Delivery will be in May of 2008. Thanks to Brian
11/23/2007 Nevada - Placed an order for a Spartan/Crimson E-Lite pumper from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. It will feature a Crimson E-Lite body, side mount pump panel, 1000 gallon water tank, 1500 GPM Waterous pump and, LED warning lights all on a Spartan Big Easy chassis. Delivery will be in the summer of 2008. Thanks to Brian
11/21/2007 Fort Worth - Quint 38 was delivered this week. Ladder lighting is the new American LaFrance Clear Path LED lighted walkway. Available colors are red, blue, amber and clear. Photos and info thanks to Chris
11/15/2007 Alvarado - Has a new brush truck that has been in service for about 5 months. The brush truck is an 07 Ford F550 from BrushFighter. They also have a new chief vehicle that has been in service for a couple of months now. It is an 07 Hummer H3. Photos and info thanks to Jordan
10/13/2007 Arlington - Completed the final inspection on their new light and air truck from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. The truck was built by SuperVac and features a Bauer air compressor with ASME bottles and three-position fill station, lima 40kw generator, storage for forty-eight bottles, Garmin GPS system and, Whelen LED lighting all on an International 4400 chassis. The truck is expected to be in service by the end of the month. Thanks to Brian for the photo and info.
10/9/2007 Hurst - Growing up in Hurst, I have to say, I'll really miss the yellow apparatus, but if their new Crimson Quint looks as good in red as their MICUs, it'll be easy to adjust. Check out the Quint's process on the Crimson site. Thanks to Garrett
10/7/2007 Flower Mound - has received approval to purchase an aerial sometime during the 2008 Capital Purchase Program. Type to be specified and order to be placed sometime after January 2008 . Thanks to Mica and Scott
10/6/2007 North Richland Hills - Showed off their new American La France 100' mid-mount platform at their open house today. They just received it informally last night. Check out the photos here. It looks great. Also of interest, their station 3 is being remodeled, and should be finished soon. A new engine is also in the works. Here are the drawings.
9/27/2007 Bedford - A 4 million dollar bond package will pay for "fire station improvements, $340,000 Fire Station No. 3, 541 Bedford Road, will get new apparatus bays. The station, built in 1998 south of Airport Freeway, has been using the base of a water tower to store vehicles and equipment." from the Star-Telegram
9/24/2007 Irving - Received their new Pierce 100' rear mount platform that will run as Truck 9. I believe this is their first platform truck, or at least the first in some time, and the only one in their fleet. Click here for photo.
9/24/2007 Wylie - Has a new Quint (click for photo). It is a Spartan Chassis with an American Lafrance 75' Telesquirt, General/Rosenbauer body, Waterous 1750 GPM pump with Eclipse CAFS system. Station 3 will be breaking ground soon. They are running a temporary station 3 at this time. Thanks to James
9/15/2007 Irving - Placed an order for two Spartan/Crimson CAFS engines from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists Inc. Both will feature Crimsons Star Series body with Smart Storage, top mount pump panel, a Waterous Eclipse CAFS system all on a Spartan Diamond chassis. This will be the first two Spartan/Crimson engines purchased by Irving. Delivery should be in the summer of 2008. Thanks to Brian
9/15/2007 Bridgeport - Placed an order for a Spartan/Crimson CAFS tanker from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. It will feature a Crimson SE body, top mount pump panel, 2500 gallon water tank, three Newton electric dump valves and, a Waterous Eclipse CAFS system all on a Spartan MetroStar Chassis. Delivery should be in the summer of 2008. Thanks to Brian
9/1/2007 Grand Prairie - Has a new Truck 9. It is a 2007 Sutphen 100’ tower with a 2000 gpm pump and a 250 gal water tank. It replaces a 1988 Sutphen tower that will be kept as a spare. Thanks to Eric for the info and this Photo
8/26/2007 Grapevine - Recently took delivery of their new Rosenbauer-Central Division 75’ quint aerial device the week of june 25th. The ladder is the RK three section 75’ hot dipped galvanized ladder; smart aerial controls; wireless remote controls; aluminum body with a 400 gallon poly tank; dual foam tanks with the Foampro system; roll out hose bed in the torque tube area; Hale 2000 gpm pump with master intake valves; hydraulic generator with a light tower; Spartan Gladiator cab/chassis; Detroit Diesel engine and Allison automatic transmission. Quint 564 is now is service. Here are a few photos I took today. Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Thanks to Jeremy for moving the truck around for me. Grapevine also has on order a custom Rosenbauer pumper with the CAFS foam system. Thanks to Ed
8/20/2007 D/FW Airport - Has a new Oshkosh Striker with a 65ft. Snozzel model 652 with Piercing Nozzel from Crash Rescue. Check out the gold leaf and fire ant logos, Awsome! Snozzel Up photo. Thanks to Steve and Jeff for helping me with the photos (more here). Another Snozzel will run as 21 or 22, the previous 12 is now a reserve. A new Air Stair unit is expected the last week of August. It will reach as high as the new Airbus A380's lower deck to allow passageners to deplane when an aircraft isn't able to make it to the jetway. The unit is based on a Ford 550 4x4 featuring a backup camera, lighted steps, 60" wide stairway, and airhose real for supplying air tools Here is a Power Point presentation with photos from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Thanks to Jeff
7/31/2007 Fort Worth - Council agenda items for construction of Station 11 near Highway 114 and Harriett Creek Drive on the Northwest Independent School District campus and Station 41 at Willow Springs Road, north of West Bonds Ranch Road near Highway 287.
7/31/2007 Mansfield - Took delivery of their new Crimson engine from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist Inc. This is the second engine from Crimson ordered by Mansfield. The truck features Smart Storage, a 1500gpm Waterous pump, 500 gallon water tank, a Foam Pro 1600 foam system, SuperVac Knight Light II all on a Spartan Gladiator chassis Click for photo. Thanks to Brian
7/17/2007 Fort Worth - There's been a report of a new tanker at the Bolt Street shop. This is probably the tanker(for Station 41) mentioned on the 5/28/2006 Council Item. It's a US tanker sold by Metro Fire Apparatus.Thanks to Garrett and Brian
7/15/2007 Irving - Has orderd a new Truck from Pierce Mfg./Martin Apparatus, a 100ft. platform. This is a demo unit and should be in service in the near future. Currently the new truck is planned to go Station 9. Also... (D) Award -- Approving Award To Philpott Motors For The Purchase Of A Decon Tow Vehicle Cab And Chassis Through The State Of Texas Local Government Statewide Purchasing Cooperative Agreement (BuyBoard) In The Net Amount Of $109,334.38 To Be Used By The Fire Department The Award be approved. (E) Award -- Approving Award To Martin Apparatus, Inc. For The Purchase Of Two Fire Pumpers Through The Interlocal Agreement For Cooperative Purchasing With Houston-Galveston Area Council Of Governments In The Net Amount Of $838,748.00 To Be Used By The Fire Department The Award be approved. Thanks to Will
7/15/2007 Dallas - On Sunday Rescue 52 becomes a full time ambulance and Peak Demand Rescue 40 stands up. Yes I know station 40 is not open but they need the box, so it will run off the approach at station 49 in front of RED 49 and they will store it at 46's during non peak hours until station 40 opens. On July 20 Peak Demand Rescue 29 becomes Peak Demand Rescue 39 and Peak Demand Rescue 72 (now at station 26) moves to 25's, but remains Peak Demand Rescue 72. Swift Water 15 has moved to 34's. Next station to open is 40 at Kirnwood at Hampton, opens in the fall, then 50 opens then 58 opens. Thanks to Wally and Thomas adds... that the move of swift water 15 is only the beginning. As soon as FEMA funding comes through they could get a 18 wheeler for disaster relief and 1 or 2 ski-doos as well as some sort of shallow boat for floods etc., but not sure beyond that. It is most likely going to be part of Task Force 2.
7/10/2007 Carrollton - In reference to 1/9/2006 entry: I believe the engine being built in the photo has been completed and placed in service as Engine 112. There is also a new Truck 112 made by Pierce but I do not know the model. It is a 100 foot rear mount arial and to my knowledge Carrollton's first ever arial platform truck. Engine 116 & I think 117 have been recently replaced, but Im not sure how long ago that was. Thanks to Andrew
7/10/2007 - Metro Fire Apparatus is opening its new offices at 1121 Sturgeon Ct. in Arlington this week. This facility will be home for the new North Texas offices for Metro along with a make-ready and maintenance facility. We will also warehouse our full line of firefighting equipment including Task Force Tips nozzles and equipment, Holmatro rescue tools, Haix firefighting boots and Bullard thermal imaging cameras just to mention a few. Thanks to Brian
7/10/2007 Fort Worth - Several city council items were on the schedule to purchase land for a new Station 5. Currently they're at 1000 Evans. It looks like they'll be moving to the 850 blk of Magnolia/Irma.
6/26/2007 North Richland Hills, Fort Worth, Farmers Branch, and Pilot Point - All have new orders that you can check out on the American La France website and recent deliveries are shown here. Thanks to Chris
6/26/2007 Plano -Recently ordered two (2) Rosenbauer-General Safety custom pumpers; rear mount pumps with Waterous 200-SP CAFS system. They will be built on the Spartan Gladiator cab/chassis. also, purchased was a Rosenbauer-General Safety 60’ RK rear mount aerial 2-section aerial device. Thanks to Ed
6/26/2007 Athens - Has awarded the bid to Emergency Vehicles of Texas for a Rosenbauer-Central Division custom pumper that will be built on a Spartan Advantage 10” raised roof cab/chassis. . Thanks to Ed
6/26/2007 Fort Worth - Has recently awarded a purchase order to Emergency Vehicles of Texas for a Rosenbauer ARFF truck that will serve at the Alliance Airport. the vehicle will have a 3000 gallon water tank; 385 gallon foam tank; 1250 gpm roof mounted turret. Tthis will be the second Rrosenbauer ARFF truck purchased by the city of Wort Worth. Thanks to Ed
6/25/2007 - Grand Prairie - SVI is delivering a new Air and Light truck soon Click here for a photo or here for SVI's photos. Grand Prairie’s new Sutphen aerial tower for Truck 9 should be delivered next month and Engine 7’s new Pierce Dash pumper entered service in May. Arlington's is about 1.5 months behind GP's. They also have three engines coming from Crimson. They just starting building a heavy rescue for Richardson, have an engine coming for Roanoke,and a ladder for Hurst. Thanks to Brian and Eric
6/11/2007 - Duncanville - Thanks to a couple of regular visitors who let me know Duncanville's new Quint 272 and Medic 272 are in service, I spent part of my day off with a road trip to South Dallas county. Here are a few photos Q272 1 Q272 2 Q272 3 Q272 4 M272
6/9/2007 - Southlake - According to a Star-Telegram article, in November, "The city's police officers and firefighters will work out of Carroll Intermediate School for about two years while their headquarters north of Southlake Town Square is demolished and rebuilt." The new station is expected to be opened in September 2009. A new structure will be built at the school site to house fire apparatus.
5/23/2007 - Corsicana - Here is a photo of Corsicana's new 2006 Crimson Waterous 1500GPM engine. It features a 750 gallon tank, a Foam Pro Class A system on a Spartan Advantage chassis. Thanks to Brian
5/11/2007 - Dallas - Location: Fire Station #38, 2839 Wilhurt Ave. @ Bonnie View Rd. Details: Dallas Fire-Rescue (DFR), is pleased to announce the opening of replacement Fire Station 38 this month. This new environmentally friendly Fire Station was designed by GSR Andrade Architects and replaces the current DFR facility at 2816 E. Illinois Ave. The station constructed by 3i/JE Dunn Construction Co. will be their first in the city to seek a Silver Leed Certification, commonly referred to as a "Green Building." The ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 11th will officially open the facility. Local artist Etty Horowitz, contracted to provide city mandated art work, will present to us three stainless steel sculptures titled, "Roots of Light." The sculpture honors the duties and community commitments performed by firefighters. City leaders and dignitaries, will join with Dallas Fire Chief Eddie Burns and members of Dallas Fire-Rescue for the opening ceremony and station tour. The event will be open to the public. Thanks to Terry
5/9/2007 - Duncanville - An NBC/Channel 5 news story mentioned that Duncanville FD is asking residents to make sure they trim any low hanging branches from trees that might damage their new fire truck. There was a very short video clip of a Pierce Quantum aerial pulling out of a station. I'm not sure of the details of the newness of the truck.
5/5/2007 Dallas - The Texas Fire Museum's Annual Muster - Fish Trap Park - Antique apparatus will be on display and flowing water from the lake. They will start around 10:00 am and start tearing down between 2 & 3.
4/24/2007 - Dallas - Someone has posted some cool google map info for Dallas Fire Rescue stations here. It's very cool, especially if you use Google Earth. This makes me want to update/move my existing maps over to Google. Here's my start at Tarrant County Fire Stations. If you have your department's station addresses in a handy emailable format that would really be helpful to me in getting Tarrant County stations mapped out (please take a look what I've already done before going to too much trouble. I may have already your stations listed).
4/12/2007 - Dallas - The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Whistle Stop-Tour is coming to Dallas, TX Thursday April 12, 2007. This is a nationwide tour to promote firefighter safety with 20 scheduled stops across the United States during the month of April. This event will take place from 10:00am till 1:00pm at the Lowes Home Improvement Center 1710 Chalk Hill Road East Dallas, TX 75211. There will be an apparatus display and safety fair 11:30am till 1:00pm. For more information www.everyonegoeshome.com/whistlestop/ Thanks to Chris
4/6/2007 - Keller and Southlake - Are now sharing resources. This Star-Telegram article describes the new combined dispatch and jail agreements. Keller took over jail and dispatching operations from Southlake, who will pay Keller for the service, saving Southlake money on their new DPS station.
4/5/2007 Arlington - Police to buy armored vehicle. "They will be the proud owners of a four-wheel-drive, $322,150 armored truck that can carry 15 fully equipped officers or 25 evacuees. The city plans to buy the Lenco BEAR -- ballistic engineered armored response -- from Lenco Armored Vehicles."See full Fort Worth Star-Telegram article here.
3/12/2007 - Extrication Fest March 16-18 at Texas Motor Speedway - Click here for details. Here are a few photos from today's vendor area. New Fort Worth Engine 37 photo 1, 2, 3, Sterling Demo Pumper, RescueMaster demo
3/3/2007 - Granbury - Photos from the event - The Granbury Firefighter Memorial was dedicated on Saturday, March 3. Festivities will begin with a parade (several appartus from the Texas Fire Museum will be there.) at 10 AM starting at the GISD Administration parking lot and will end at the memorial site (see map at GVFD). Following the parade will be a dedication of the "Firefighters Memorial Park". Next will be the unveiling of the statue to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the GVFD. Thanks to Garry
2/28/2007 - Arlington - Quint 7 was on display at the Texas Association of Emergency Vehicle Technicians conference in Fort Worth today. Here are some photos. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Thanks to Chris for giving me the heads-up on the event.
2/28/2007 - Fort Worth - Is getting an American LaFrance Eagle 110’ Rear Mount Aerial. Click for photo. Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4 This will be a replacement for Quint 25. Chris says 2 more similar units are ordered and will likely be at 38's and either 33's or 26's. Thanks to Chris
Alvarado Fire Dept. – EVOT Brushfighter Small Brush Truck, Steel Flat Bed With Work Stations, 400 Gallon Plas-mac Poly Tank, Waterous Pump System, Stainless Steel Plumbing, Hannay Hose Reel, Ford F-550 4x4 Cab/chassis – Photo 1010110
Fort Worth Fire Dept. – Delivery Of Four (4) Rosenbauer-general Division Custom Pumpers, Waterous Pump System With Eclispe CAFS Foam System, Rear Pump, Extruded Aluminum Body, Hydraulic Ladder Rack, Spartan Gladiator Custom Cab. This Will Make A Total Of 12 Cafs Pumpers For The Department. – Photo 1010035
1/22/2007 - Lewisville - M161, 162, and 163 are all brand new and in service this week. M165 was placed into service new about 6 months ago. All of our medics are on a five year replacement cycle. The old ones just entered their 6th year. Two of the ones we were using will be converted for use as Support 160 and our backup dive rig. Two of the others are being sent to Florida for chassis repairs and will be our reserve medics. Thanks to Brandon
1/7/2007 Fort Worth - Station 38 at 13280 Park Vista Blvd should open this month. It will be the first of 4 new stations for far north Fort Worth, and will no doubt reduce response times and improve fire service in the area. "The next stations should take less time to build, he said. A station will be built on Willow Springs Road south of U.S. 287 and another in the Harriet Creek area at Texas 114 and Farm Road 156. The fourth station will be built in the Sendera development by late 2009. " See the whole Fort Worth Star-Telegram article here. "Deputy Fire Chief Jay Peacock said discussions are under way to have Keller and Fort Worth help each other whenever emergency crews from one city are not available for areas near the cities' border. And both Fort Worth and Keller could send crews in cases where jurisdiction is unclear. One of the units could be turned back after a determination is made. "
12/31/2006 Colleyville - Is getting two new stations. One will be at 5212 of Pool. The other will be at 5209 Colleyville Blvd, replacing the existing Hall-Johnson station. According to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article, they could be open by mid summer.
12/28/2006 Dallas - has a new SVI Urban Search & Rescue truck running as Dallas Regional Urban Search & Rescue 15(Texas Task Force 2) Dallas City Council info on USAR and another city hall link. Thanks to Will and Blaine
12/9/2006 Dallas - Texas Fire Museum’s 6th Annual Holiday Open House Saturday, December 9, 2006 10:00 a.m. until ? 2600 Chalk Hill Road Dallas, TX 214-267-1867 - Come see our apparatus and warning light display See video “highlights” of this year’s activities See the progress on our apparatus restorations including the extremely rare 1923 American LaFrance Type 48 Pumper from Brenham, the 1929 Seagrave Pumper from Hillsboro and the 1983 American LaFrance Pumper from Richardson. Meet and greet museum members and guests Listen to holiday music provided by Praise, Incorporated The luncheon will provided by Babe’s Chicken Dinner House with fried chicken and appropriate trimmings A raffle will be held with fire themed items as prizes Luncheon Costs: Adults: $10.00; Children 6-12: $5.00; Kids under 6: $3.00 If you wish to dine with us, please make a reservation via e-mail to firemuseumdocent at aol.com or by calling the museum at 214-267-1867. Please RSVP no later than the close of business on Thursday, December 7th, 2006 End of year tax deductible donations for future support of the museum are appreciated.
11/27/2006 McKinney - Opened their brand new Station 6 last week near the 75/Eldorado intersection at 1890 Marketplace Drive. Currently, the station houses Engine 6 and Med 6. Also, MFD has a new Central Station under construction on Highway 5 slated to open in Feb. Thanks to Dustin
11/27/2006 Plano - Station 11 is now in service at 4800 Los Rios Drive. Station 11’s coverage area includes the northeast parts of Plano east of U.S. 75 and Spring Creek Parkway. Housed at the station is a fire engine staffed with four fire personnel.
10/28/2006 D/FW Airport - Here are some photos (1, 2, 3) of D/FW's new Pierce Hazmat/Rescue truck, stationed at 2s. They were at Grapevine's Public Safety day. A firefighter told me station 6 is in the works for the Freeport area of the airport, and that 2 Oshkosh Strikers with Snozzels are also being built.
10/28/2006 Grapevine - I think this is a new, or fairly new MICU for Grapevine. Also this Pickup and Dive Truck are new photos for me. An old MICU was converted to a Rehab run by the Citizen's Fire Academy Alumni Association.
9/23/2006 Waxahachie is getting a new engine with all new equipment. They will also be getting a new station around 287 & Broadhead road. Ladder 1 will move to station 3 in the future. Article in The Waxahachie Daily Light -Thanks to Justin
9/21/2006 Fort Worth - "The mobile command post and support unit is no longer based out of the old air shop ( old Station 11). It is now based out of Station 8. Also LT8 is now LT9, it having moved to Station 9 just after the opening of the new station. Quint 25 and Quint 26 are due to be replaced sometime before the end of the year. " Thanks to Dan
9/21/2006 Haltom City - is getting another custom Rosenbauer-Central pumper. This new custom pumper will look like the truck delivered in November 2005 but they have added Waterous 200-SP CAFS system to the truck. Thanks to Ed
8/21/2006 Euless - I took some photos of the 3 alarm fire in Euless last night. Three Alarm apartment fire in Euless, Texas. Firefighters from seven (7) agencies , Euless, Bedford, Hurst, Fort Worth, Colleyville, Grapevine and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, assisted with the three story fire that occurred early Sunday evening. The fire reportedly started when a mattress inside an apartment was ignited by a candle burning too close to the bed. One firefighter was transported to a local hospital with heat exhaustion and was later released in good condition. No other report of injuries. The building was a total loss and displaced 41 residents. The firefighter is doing well and was released last night. Thanks to Euless FD
8/21/2006 Arlington - "We just did the final inspection of the new E11 (picture). We also did just place an order with Crimson for three more at our current specification. The new quint 1 will be in the Crimson booth at ICHIEFS. " Thanks to Brian
8/12/2006 Mansfield - Is asking for money for 6 more firefighters and a 4th fire station for the NW (Proposed construction in January, at 287 and 1187) in next the next 2 year's budgets. An engine for the new station has already been bought, and a medic is requested in a capital improvement project, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article.
8/9/2006 Fort Worth - At 13:00 this afternoon, the new Fort Worth Fire Station No. 8 was officially placed in service replacing the old station. The new station is located at the corner of West Rosedale & 12th Avenue near Plaza Medical Hospital. Thanks to Dan
7/31/2006 Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) - Pierce Heavy Rescue - Lance chassis, CAT C13 525 HP engine, Capricorn 2000 weather station, awning, 40 KW PTO generator, 15 KW diesel generator, Night Scan light tower, TAK-4® Independent Front Suspension, Command Zone™ advanced electronics system, Side Roll Protection™ breathing air system. Thanks to Thomas
7/26/2006 Eagle Mountain - Placed in service July 4th weekend. Click here for photo. Crimson Pumper on a Spartan Advantage Chassis Extreme duty interior. 400 hp Cummins. 1250 Waterous pump 750gal water. 10 gal. class “A” foam. foam pro 1600 foam system. Whelen led light package. Honda 5KW generator W/ Command Knight light light tower. Thanks to Steve
7/20/2006 Plano - "To approve the purchase of one (1) Smeal 100’ Mid-Mount Aerial Ladder Platform in the amount of $836,929 from Webb Apparatus of Texas through an existing contract/agreement with H-GAC Cooperative Purchasing Program, and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents. (FS12-05) " Thanks to Tim
7/7/2006 Fort Worth - According to City Council agenda items Station 11 and 41 are in the works. "On July 15, 2003, (M&C C-19661) the City Council authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with RPGA Design Group, Inc. for the design of Fire Station No. 38 and the development of a prototype design for a two-company, three-bay fire station. Fire Stations No. 11 and No. 41 will be prototype facility designs adapted to the specific sites. Fire Station No. 11 is in the 2004 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and will be located in COUNCIL DISTRICT 2 on Highway 114 and Harriet Creek Drive on the Northwest Independent School District central campus. Fire Station No 41 is in the 2004 CIP and will be located in COUNCIL DISTRICT 7 on Willow Springs Road, north of West Bonds Ranch Road near Highway 287. "
6/11/2006 Eagle Mountain - getting a new crimson engine. Pics of it are here It is in Houston getting graphics, light tower, and tools & brackets installed right now. We'll post updated pics when it arrives, which should be by the end of this month. Thanks to Red
5/28/2006 Dallas - is field testing single, large tires on Aloca rims to possibly replace the current, dual tire configurations. Engine 10 (I think) and Truck 19 have been outfitted with the new tires and rims and have gotten good review from the bubbas. Truck 19 supposedly is 1000 lbs lighter using the single tires on aluminum rims. Thanks to Ronald
North Richland Hills - City Council approved a new Ladder truck to replace the 20 year old Sutphen currently used.The truck will be purchased from ATC American LaFrance for $869,666. The council also approved purchase of a new ambulance.
Benbrook - City council approved purchase of a new Hazmat / Rescue from Pierce Manufacturing. The truck was purchased using State Homeland Security Grant and Urban area Security Initiative grand money. The total cost is $335,343 plus $49,657 to equipt the apparatus. The truck will be a 2006 Pierce Enforcer Chassis with Encore Rescue body.
Dallas - City council reviewed the 2006 November bond packet. The Fire department is seeking $53,950,489 for the following fire station additions and improvements. Replacement of fire stations 6,27,32,37 and 44 Expansion of fire station 10 Adding a truck company to station 10 New fire station at 5400 Keeneland Pkwy / Walton Walker New Engine, Ladder and Rescue along with 17 personnel for the new station Fire Station Land Acquisitions located in the areas of 6700 W Kiest Blvd, 7800 Camp Wisdom Rd and 4300 Mountain Creek Parkway
5/13/2006 Fort Worth - I stoppyed by Emergency Vehicles of Texas right after 5 new Spartan/General Safety engines arrived for Fort Worth FD. See photos below. They're great looking trucks, and feature a new enclosed ladder rack.
3/10/2006 Wylie - has a new air/light support truck and grass rigs in service. Squad 5- GMC 6500 chassis, Mickey body, command light, cascade system, support equipment. Body Installed by Mickey Body of Dallas. All other components assembled by Wylie Fire-Rescue Personnel. Attack 1 and Attack 2- Ford F 550 4x4 chassis. Bed by J-Rod. All other components assembled by Wylie Fire-Rescue C shift, Station 2. Haz-mat trailer is also in service. Thanks to James Brown
2/12/2006 Arlington - We just took delivery of Engines 9(photo) & 12 and will be getting Quint 1 in a couple of months. We also have on order Engine 11 and Quint 7 which will be delivered in September. Quint 7 will be in the Crimson booth at the ICHIEFS conference in Dallas September 14th thru the 16th. Thanks to Brian
1/12/2006 Grand Prairie and Highland Village- We also have a new engine at Grand Prairie that is pretty nice - new graphics... also Highland Village has a new Dash pumper with CAFS. Thanks to Russell of Martin Apparatus
1/10/2006 Weatherford - Just wanted to pass along pictures of the new LDV Command Vehicle for the city of Weatherford Fire Department. It was provided through a Homeland Security Grant. It is now housed at our station 3 on the interstate. Thanks to Ryan
12/11/2005 Fort Worth NAS JRB - Since 2002 the NAS Fire & Emergency Services has replaced all their front line equiptment. This includes 3 Oshkosh T-1500's (Navy-3,4,5), 1 Pierce Contender 1250 pumper(Engine 1), and 1 E-One 1250 Tele-Squirt (Ladder 1). The T-1500's are named as follows. Navy 3: INTIMIDATOR, Navy 4: BIG RED, Navy 5: CRIMSON TIDE. Thanks to Ron
We just received a GMC 6500 with an 8 bay Mickey body for our light and air truck. Station 3 just passed the bond election. It will most likely begin construction in 2006. A new Quint may follow. We have received the following equipment recently. 26' Haz-mat trailer, swift water trailer, 2 hovercraft. We also resored our '47 General fire truck this year. Thanks to James
12/1/2005 Cedar Hill - In talking to a FF from Cedar Hill. The city is currently taking bids to acquire a new quint for station 212. They may even replace the current quint (211) due to mechanical problems they cannot seem to get fixed. Thanks to Anonymous
11/23/2005 Irving - The following purchase is for new Truck 8. BTW, the current Truck 8 was hit last weekend while blocking on a freeway. This purchase was planned already. The damage looks more cosmetic but will need to be inspected to make sure the outriggers did not suffer any damage. Medic 5 and Medic 2(a new unit formed) are expecting delivery shortly of new MICU's from Frazier. They resemble the other new Ford's purchased with the exception of the Chevron's that Plano has been using they are located around the rear doors. Just a little side note, the Truck will have a pump on it. The rig will still be called a Truck and not a Quint. Will (C) Award -- Authorizing The Purchase Of A Ladder Truck For The Irving Fire Department From Martin Apparatus, Inc. Through The Interlocal Agreement For Cooperative Purchasing With The Houston-Galveston Area Council Of Governments In The Net Amount Of $681,296.00 Thanks to Will
11/10/2005 Plano - To authorize the purchase of two (2) Dodge Charger Police Vehicles in the amount of $52,360 from Columbus Country Dodge, through Texas Association of School Board Purchasing Buyboard Contract and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents (208-04). To authorize the purchase of eleven (11) Chevy Impala (9C3) Unmarked Police Sedans in the amount of $190,058 from Caldwell Country Chevrolet, through Tarrant County Joint Venture Cooperative Purchase Program and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents. (2005-001) Thanks to Tim
11/08/2005 Fort Worth - Today station 41 was scheduled to begin service, located in far northwest Fort Worth off of 287 near 156 it will cover the fast growing are that had been previously lacking the fast response of a nearby Fire Station. Also, FD is going to reuse the station designators 11 and 34 for future stations, the Air Shop had the designation of Station 11 but is now simply known as the Air Shop. They are looking at another station further out on 287 which might get the Station 11 designation. Thanks to Ed
10/22/2005 Euless - I went to the new Station 3 Open House today, and talked with a FF who said they are expecting a new Sutphen Quint for that station early next year. He said it will not have a platform.
10/22/2005 Colleyville - Will build two new fire stations, instead of one. Star-Telegram Article. "The two stations are now in the design stage, and construction should be completed in 2007. The main fire station will be on Colleyville Boulevard, just north of Main Street. A second fire station will be on Pool Road, south of O.C. Taylor Elementary School." The article also mentions a new ladder truck was approved in a February vote.
9/30/2005 Fort Worth Police Department to purchase 3 Sky Watch Eagles. City Council Item " The Sky Watch Eagle will be utilized toward crime prevention and detection of crime at various community events and public locations. It can be strategically located in public areas and due to its versatility can be used for surveillance, emergency response, crowd control or disaster preparedness.
9/20/2005 Dallas - On Monday October 3rd Truck 4, Engine 4 and HazMat 4 and personnel move to 3 station and become T-3 E-3 and HazMat 3. Truck 3, Engine 3 and Booster 3 and personnel move to station 4 and become T-4 E-4 and BU 4. As a result Rescue 3 will join HazMat Task Force 3 and respond with the task force. This move is all about the paramedics, there was no room at 4's for adding the Rescue. HazMat Task Force response will be T-3, R-3, and HazMat 3. Battalion 1 stays at 4's. The North Texas USAR task force is moving forward Heavy Rescues are being ordered for 19's and 15's from Spartan Gladiator Chasis 4 door cab and SVI body with delivery in August 06, 20 foot rescue body overall length 35 feet, 4 compartments on each side, 2 rear compartments, ladder to roof with more compartments, 9000# front winch, command light and generator. The heavy rescues will answer on second alarms on their side of the river. Both stations will also keep their trucks. Thanks to Wally
7/29/2005 Dallas - "Authorize the purchase of a replacement rescue boat with fire suppression capability to be used on Lake Ray Hubbard from Sea Ark Boats, Inc. - Sole Source - Not to exceed $88,904 - Financing: 2004 Equipment Acquisition Contractual Obligation Notes [05-1929; APPROVED]" Thanks to Tim
6/25/2005 D/FW Airport - I saw D/FW's new fan truck(not sure if that's the right terminology) at the Terminal D open house today. A 1.5" line can be connected for misting to help with biotoxins. Also, they have a neat little EMS unit for use in side the terminals (see photo here).
6/23/2005 Rowlett - Station 4 is up and running at 6800 Rowlett Rd. Engine 4 has finally arrived, it is a 75' quint from E-one. The new 15000 sq ft. Station 1 construction started today (06/23/05)at Miller Rd and Weems Way. Medic 1 has received a new type 1 ambulance from Frazier Inc. Also, the new combo Fire/Police Command Truck from Metro Apparatus is due in this week. This all brings Rowlett up to: 4 Stations/ 2 Engines, 2 Quints, 3 Medics, 1 Chief Suburban, 1 Brush, 2 reserve engines, 2 reserve MICU's, 1 reserve Tahoe and pick-up, 1 utility admin F350 crew cab, 1 boat, 2 personal watercraft. The new Medic 4 should be in later this year. There is also a proposed Heavy Rescue and Aerial platform on the CIP list. No dates assigned. Thanks to Gary
6/23/2005 Plano - "To authorize the purchase of one (1) Super Vac Special Service Walk-In Aluminum Body on a Spartan Motors Custom Aluminum Chassis in the amount of $652,646 from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist, Inc., through H-GAC Cooperative Purchasing Program contract and authorizing the City Manager to execute any and all documents necessary to effectuate this purchase. (FS10-03) " Thanks to Tim
6/21/2005 Fort Worth - The new Fort Worth Station 8 is under construction at the S.E. corner of 12th Ave. and Rosedale. I also went by the shops on W. Bolt, and the new Engine 22, 23, and 29 were there. They are Rosenbauer with a Spartan Gladiator Classic cab. It also looked like they had two new Hovercrafts. Unless they just repainted the red, and blue ones they use to have to all white with blue stripes to match the trucks. Thanks to Peter
6/14/2005 Fort Worth - The New Squad is at Bolt Street. It's larger than the current truck and is very nice looking. The New Canteen has made it's first runs and we are still working out some things but it will be a great running truck. The old one is sulking behind some of the reserve trucks still. Thanks to Ed
6/8/2005 Frisco - Fire Dept. has begun construction on Station 5. It's located at 14300 El Dorado Parkway in the N.E section of Frisco. Also the new Central Station is under construction across the street from the current Central Station. Station 5 is set to open later this year. I'm not sure about when Central will open. Thanks to Peter
4/30/2005 Little Elm - "Little Elm will be starting construction on station 2 on Walker Ln. this summer, and are getting ready to spec out a 75' quint from the bond election in Sept. 2004. They will also be taking delivery of a Frazer 14' box on a F450 within the next month as well." Thank to Matt
4/28/2005 Red Oak - "Just to let everyone know Red Oak FD will be changing there unit numbers soon there currently numbered as Engine 4 Ladder 1 Rescue 1 They have other units at there station but these are the main ones that you will hear on the radio the most. There new numbering will be as follows Engine 181 Quint 181 Squad 181 They are also set to receive a new walk in heavy rescue I think sometime at the end of this year and it will be called Rescue 10. It will cover 10 cities and it will be first call to DFW Airport on plane crashes. This truck is also federally funded and if the governement requests it, it can be sent anywhere they may need it. Everyone that will be on it is currently being trained in Rope rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Trench Rescue, and High Angle Rescue. This new truck is all part of a group of city fire departments that got together they include Red Oak, Glenn Heights, Lancaster, DeSoto,Ovilla,Duncanville and Cedar Hill. Lancaster fire department will or already has received a hazmat trailer that will be pulled with a new Ford pickup. They will be handling all the hazmat calls for the whole southern dallas county and northern ellis county area. " Thanks to Cody
Plano - Purchase of one (1) Rosenbauer-General Safety Extruded Aluminum Rescue CAFS Unit on a Ford F-550 Chassis in the amount of $149,717 awarded to Emergency Vehicles of Texas, Inc. (Might be a new brush rig)
3/28/2005 NEFDA - Several new trucks from SVI are at Bedford Station 1. Grapevine Heavy Rescue, North Richland Hills Hazmat, and Euless Mass Casualty All are part of the North East Fire Department Association have a sharp looking "Serving Together" logo.
3/3/05 Fort Worth - has taken delivery of the two new Quints from ALF. Quint 21 is already in service. Quint 24 was still at the shops on Monday. It looks like it should be in service soon. Thanks to Peter
2/25/05 - Lancaster and Waxachie New delivery Lancaster,TX Arrow XT (new Pierce cab) S60 Detroit Diesel 161 Rescue pumper body 1500/500 generator/quartz lights foam system rescue tools Waxahachie has a similar ArrowXT just delivered as well. Thanks to Russell
2/21/05 - Fort Worth - Authorize the purchase of four new 1500 GPM pumpers from a cooperative purchasing program for the Fire Department for a cost not to exceed $2,032,776 with payment due within 30 days of the date the invoice and freight is included in the unit price; and Council Agenda Item
2/10/05- Telico - Attached also you will find a picture of a pumper tanker from Telico VFD (just east of Ennis). This truck was purchased with the assistance of the Texas Forest Service through HB 2604 and the community of Telico. The NFPA 1901 compliant truck was built by Westex Welding Co. out of West, Texas on a 2004 GMC 8500 with a 300 HP Cat diesel motor and Allison electronic transmission. The truck is equipped with a single stage Darley 1250 GPM pump. There are 4--2 1/2" discharges, 2--1 1/2" preconnects, 4" Storz discharge, 3" deck gun, 2--6" intakes, 1--2 1/2" pony suction. The trucks equipment consist of a 2100 gallon Fol-Da-Tank, 24', 14', and 10' ladders, 600' 4" supply hose, 200' 3" supply hose, 2--150' preconnects, 2--10'x6" hard suction hoses with strainer, back-up camera, foam system, deck gun, 2000 gallon poly tank, 2--10" telescoping dump valves (1 each side), 4" rear direct fill, floating pump, vent fan, 3000 watt power inverter, 3 SCBA, 4 bottle cascade system above pump panel, misc. hand tools and a LED light package. Thanks to Joshua
2/7/05 Colleyville - "Voters approved only a proposition to spend almost $4.6 million for a new fire station, outdoor warning sirens and a ladder firetruck. Some council members said voters sent a message that they want to pay only for the necessities -- public safety -- and that they don't want their property taxes raised for other projects. " from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
1/31/05 Plano - To Authorize the Purchase of Heavy Rescue Vehicle (USAR Council Truck) as Stipulated in the 2004 UASI Grant in the Amount of $256,700.00 from Emergency Vehicles of Texas though the Houston/Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program, contract #HDCACA and Authorizing the City Manager or His Designee to Execute Any and All Documents Necessary to Effectuate this Purchase
1/14/05 Eagle Mountain - Recently received a 2004 horton on a E-450 chassis. features: gps, rear camera, traffic advisor, 6 kw diesel genset. led light package. remote entry, and more. placed in service december 2004. Check out the mural on the box.Thanks toSteve
1/14/05 Irving - (A) Award -- Approving Award To Martin Apparatus, Inc. For The Purchase Of A Mobile Command Vehicle Through The Texas Building & Procurement Commission (TBPC) Texas Multiple Award Schedule (TXMAS) Local Government Statewide Purchasing Cooperative Program, For A Net Amount Not To Exceed $526,168.00, To Be Used By The Police Department And Fire Department For Emergency Management Operations Recommendation The Award be approved. Thanks to Will
1/10/05 Richardson - Purchase of two (2) Emergency One Cyclone II Custom Rescue Pumpers in the amount of $797,494 from Fire Apparatus Specialist ( On the January 10 City Council Meeting ) Thanks to Jeff
1/10/05 Plano - (From the Proposed 2005 Bond Referendum) http://www.planotx.org/agendas/ccpacket/cp011205.pdf 1. Proposed Municipal Facilities include a new fire station # 12 in the center of the city. This station will enhance service in an area east of Preston Road, west of Independence Parkway, north of Park Blvd, and south of Spring Creek Parkway. This project also includes a centralized storage / logistics facility for fire department supplies and equipment. This station will also be the new Emergency Operations Center. 2. Fire Station # 13 - Design and construction of a new station serving Northwest Plano located west of the Dallas North Tollway and will serve the Legacy Business Park and Tollway Corridor area. The station will also include classrooms to support fire department training classes. 3) Expand station # 4 to include a SCBA Maintenance room and additional apparatus bays for reserve and specialty equipment. 4) Renovations to stations 6 and 7 5) Purchase a new $400,000 engine to place a 13th paramedic engine company in service. 6) Radio system Infrastructure replacement. The project includes replacement of existing 800mhz radio system with next generation 700 mhz digital system. Thanks to Jeff
1/10/05 Mesquite - City council approved in December the purchase of a new pumper truck from Metro Fire Apparatus for a total of $340,912 Also the purchase of $435,432 worth of new Motorola Police / Fire radios. Thanks to Jeff
1/6/05 Plano - Bid No. B023-05 to Songer Construction, Inc. in the amount of $2,220,000 for the total base bid for the construction of Fire Station No. 11. Bid No. C155-04 to establish a two-year fixed price contract with three optional one-year renewals for Structural Fire Fighting Helmets in the estimated annual amount of $15,000. Thanks to Tim
12/11/204 Dallas - Texas Fire Museum’s 4th Annual Holiday Open House. The event will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2004, at the museum’s home base located at 2600 Chalk Hill Road Dallas, Texas 75212-4506. The festivities run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For directions, check out www.texasfiremuseum.org and click on the “contact” link.
12/09/2004 Dallas - "Just got a call from my Dad that there are two new DFR engines being ferried down central expressway as I type. He said they also have the yellow chevron on the back just the same as Plano has. There was a 3rd engine but with no markings. I figure one of them will go to E12 since they are running a reserve after their 92, open cab was totaled a few months ago." Thanks to Tim
12/1/2004 Arlington - On December 14th, the council is suppose to approve a 1.4 million dollar contract with HGAC for 2 engines and 1 103' quint from Metro Fire Apparatus. The quint will replace quint 1's 1998 Spartan/AI/Quality and one of the engines will replace engine 9's 1998 Freightliner/Quality, the other will replace engine 13's 1994 KME that was totaled in an accident earlier this year. Thanks to Brian
12/1/2004 Haslet, NRH, Southlake - Construction is well under way for the replacement station for North Richland Hills Station #1. It will be located on the SW corner of Davis Blvd and Shadywood Lane (Mapsco 38G). This is .9 miles north of the current station. Southlake should begin construction soon on their 3rd fire/public safety station at the NE corner of Dove and White Chapel directly across from the water tower that's visible from Highway 114 (Mapsco 11V). And Haslet is now occupying their new station on FM156 just north of Blue Mound East (Mapsco 20G). Thanks to Jeff
11/29/2004 North Lake - (I assume this is the North Lake near Argyle). I believe this is a fairly new department. If you have any info on them, I'd appreciate hearing it. They appear to be getting a new brush truck from Emergency Vehicles of Texas, see photo here.
11/29/2004 - Dallas - Authorize the purchase of four fire pumpers, seventeen rescue units, four Battalion Chief vehicles, one aerial ladder truck, and one mobile air supply unit from Tyler Motor Co. Inc. and Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist and Lawrence Marshall Chevrolet through the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments - Not to exceed $4,178,813 - Financing: 2004 Equipment Acquisition Contractual Obligation Notes ($2,393,854), Current Funds ($1,784,959) Thanks to Tim
11/22/2004 - Fort Worth - Looks like Fort Worth Fire Dept will be replacing the old Quint 21 & Quint 24 with new American La France Quints just like currently used Quint 9, Quint 12, etc. Also 2 new brush trucks are at the shop.....possibly to replace the monstrous Brush 25 & Brush 37. The new Brush trucks are Ford 550s with a remote controlled nozzle mounted on the grill. More room behind the cab for firefighters to stand and manevuer. Thanks to Anonymous
11/22/2004 Flower Mound - I have heard Flower Mound is getting a new Engine because a Cellular company built a new tower on city land and they are going to use the money for a new engine. And hope to get approval for station #4 next budget year, and place it somewhere around Gerault & 2499 (International Prkway) They will place the current Engine 501 in Reserve. Thanks to Anonymous
10/27/2004 Plano - "To authorize the purchase of three (3) General/Rosenbauer Spartan 4-Door Tilt-Cab, Single Axle, Rear Pumper Style Fire Pumpers, in the amount of $1,116,929 from Emergency Vehicles of Texas through the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program, Contract "HDCACAA" and authorizing the City Manager to execute any and all documents necessary to effectuate this purchase." Thanks to Tim
10/14/2004 Plano - BIDS GOING TO COUNCIL AS OF OCTOBER 12, 2004 BID NUMBER DESCRIPTION COUNCIL DATE I005-05 PURCHASE OF THREE (3) GENERAL SPARTAN FIRE PUMPERS FROM HGAC CONTRACT 10/26/04 Thanks to Tim
10/14/2004 Azle - Fire Department has just placed a new Frazer ambulance on a Ford F350 chassis in service. It went into service around 1900 last night. It carries the unit designation of "M252" for Medic 252 since it replaced an older 1993 International/Excellance unit. Thanks to Steve
8/22/2004 Various NE Tarrant Cities - This Fort Worth Star-Telegram article outlines some of the many Homeland Security related purchases planned and completed. "The grants are being used to buy a heavy-rescue vehicle, a technical rescue truck and trailer, a mass-casualty vehicle and a decontamination trailer for the association. "
8/13/2004 Fire Rescue International Expo Photos from New Orleans. As best as I can recall, the trucks from Texas on display included a Mequite Engine 5 by Crimson, an Oshkosh Striker EZ31 for D/FW Airport, a Houston Medic 80, and an Engine 42 for Brazoria.
8/11/2004 Westworth Village - The City Council of the City of Westworth Village has approved the purchase of a 2003 American LaFrance 93’ Mid Mount Platform Aerial. They also approved the expansion of the current station. Thanks to Chris
6/20/2004 - Forest Hill is placing an order for a Heavy Rescue. A new Station 1 is in the works, and it should be located South of I-20 near Forest Hill Drive. The current Fire Station would then become Station 2. Thanks to Peter
Dallas Police Department turned over it's Fiscal Year 2004/2005 Budget Presentation. Some of the highlights include a 10 year lease / purchase for three new helicopters to replace the current fleet of four.
Dallas Fire Department also turned in there 2004/2005 wish list. Hightlights are below. 1) Replacement of 18 Rescues at a cost of $1,785,048 2) One new aerial truck $ 650,758 3) Four new Engines - $1,262,180 4) Four new Batallion vehicles - $133,628 5) New Lake Rescue / Recovery Boat to replace a 1983 model for Lake Ray Hubbard. Cost of $88,911 6) Replace five inflatable rescue boats for flooded neighborhoods, creeks, rivers, etc. Cost of $29,000 7) New mobile air supply truck to replace the 1980 International. Cost of $372,709 8) New Fire Station at Hampton and Kirwood 9) Total of 86 Thermal Imaging Camera's. This is one for each Engine and Truck. 10) Additional Firefighters 11) Arson Investigations is asking for $577,809 The complete pdf link is http://www.dallascityhall.com/dallas/eng/council_briefings/briefings/20040616_Fire_budget.pdf
1) Watauga - I noticed on several passes by the DPS fire station, that in one of the bays was a new white tanker truck that says "Tarrant County" painted on the side. I am curious and wonder if this has been placed here for the upcoming grass fire season.
8) D/FW Airport – A new ventilation vehicle is available to the region. The vehicle can be injected with foam for decontamination purposes and has been tested on a large hotel building. Six new crash trucks(at least one is in service, EZ11) are on order as well as a trauma truck that will contain mass casualty equipment. Chief Black stated that any regional request for resources should be made to DFW FD dispatch and it will be sent. Chief Black will be notified after dispatch and then decide whether to continue the equipment in route to the requested location. Each request will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
10) Allen - The city council authorized the purchase of one 75' quint and one 1500 GPM Pumper from Martin Fire apparatus through the Houston - Galveston council of governments for a total of $913,982, this was in the June 8th council meeting.
12) Garland - ( From the 6/14/04 city council meeting ) Council is requested to consider the acceptance of the State Homeland Security Grant Program grant award totaling $304,345 for fiscal year 2004. Acceptance of this grant will allow the City to purchase a hazard duty bomb robot for the Police Department Bomb Unit and a fixed site generator to support the Emergency Operations Center when activated.
5/5/2004 Grand Prairie - has placed an order for a new Pierce Dash pumper for Engine 1 and three new FGord F350/Wheeled Coach ambulances. The new ambulances will be equipped with Federal eQ-2B sirens. Thanks to Eric
5/5/2004 Frisco - Engine 605 has been delivered, an E-One Cyclone II with Saulsbury body. They also bought a 1998 E-One Cyclone II/Superios (Canadian) with a raised roof for use as a spare. Thanks to Eric
4/28/2004 Double Oak - The Double Oak Fire Dept. has just taken delivery of their new Engine 551. It's a Pierce Custom Contender. It's going to the FDIC show in Indianapolis this weekend, and should be in town Monday. Martin Apparatus link Double Oak link Thanks to Peter
4/11/2004 Fort Worth - Has a new Rehab, and also from the Big Booster "In addition to the rehab,other new apparatus are on the way.Four new engines are receiving final touches before being placed in service,including Engine 4,Engine 17,Engine 20 and Engine 35.Purchase orders have been awarded for units to replace Quint 21 and Quint 24.These units are expected to arrive this fall.Ladder 2 will be traded in for a new 100-foot mid- mount aerial with the same design as the new Ladder 8.Finally,the remainder of the Ford Expeditions needed to replace our Battalion Chief and Shift Tech vehicles are expected to arrive soon." Thanks for the heads-up Will!
3/25/2004 Plano - City Council item: "Resolution No. 2004-3-15(R): To approve the purchase of equipment upgrades for a new grant funded mass casualty decon (decontamination) trailer in the amount of $67,074 from Aramsco, Inc.; a sole-source provider, authorizing the City Manager to take such action as is necessary to effectuate the purchase; and providing an effective date." Thanks to anonymous source
3/22/04 Arlington - Plans to purchase 3 new 3/4 ton suburbans to be used as Battalion Vehicles. The new vehicles will have Whelen LED lighting packages, Odyssey command cabinets, built in Bullard Thermal Imaging receivers and LCD screens. They will also be equipped with two of the new Motorola MW 800 Mobile Data Computers one for the front and one for the rear and thermal printers for use in printing building plans and apartment plats on scene. Thanks to Brian
3/21/04 Carrollton - I was in Carrollton this morning and noticed that they're building a new Fire Station 1, and Fire Station 2. Fire Station 1 is being built behind the current Station 1 on Beltline Rd. The new Station 2 is a 4 bay station being built on the corner of Parkview and Jackson. It's two blocks South, and three blocks West of the current Station 2. Thanks to Peter
3/10/04 Ellis/Dallas Counties - Ellis-Dallas Unified Cooperative Team (EDUCT) received a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant that will be used to purchase a heavy rescue(stationed in Red Oak) and a support truck(stationed in Ovilla). They hoped to receive enough for a mobile command post, but didn't now, and will try to get that in 2005. Waxachie received a grant that they will use to upgrade their radio system. This information paraphrased from the Waxachie Daily Light Online (search archives on EDUCT to find article)
2/29/04 North Richland Hills -"The city is rethinking plans to build a firehouse in an exclusive subdivision after some residents objected that the station would lower property values. " (Fort Worth Star-Telegram article)
2/18/04 Mansfield - Is building their 3rd fire station. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram Article). "The third station on East Broad Street -- scheduled for completion in December -- is projected to eliminate at least the four minutes it takes to get a fire truck from Station No. 2 in northeast Mansfield to the southeast sector, a sparsely populated area. "
2/2/04 Frisco - A welcome/guide book tells how Frisco is growing, and all sorts of information including the Fire Dept. and Police Dept. The City of Frisco is going to begin construction on a new Central Fire Station this Summer. It will be located across the street from the current station. It will be a 5-bay drive thru station. The new Central Station will carry a address of Gary Burns. The current Central Station then would become Fleet Services. Also plans are under way to build Station 5 in the N.E. sector of the city. There was no exact locations as to where it will be located. The Police Dept. is building a new Police Headquarters on Stone Brook Pkwy. It will be a 80,000 sq. foot facility, and will be located across the street from Frisco High School. Thanks to Peter
1/27/04 Arlington - City Council Item "This purchase is for two new fire apparatus to replace two existing front-line fire apparatus that have reached the end of their service life. The purchase includes: Crimson Fire "Star" Series Custom 100' Aerial Apparatus $620,971 Crimson Fire "Star" Series Custom Pumper $365,017 A pre-construction conference and three inspection conferences to ensure that all systems are addressed prior to and during construction $ 12,000 An H-GAC administrative fee $ 2,000 The total cost of the purchase is $999,988. "
1/19/04 Plano - Several new fire stations are mentioned in the Capital Improvement Program(huge .pdf file). Renovations at Fire Stations 6 and 7. Anticipated work at Station 6 includes adding one apparatus bay and renovating the dorm, kitchen and fitness room. Anticipated work at Station 7 includes adding a fitness room and renovating the dorms. Completion Date: 9/30/2005
Fire Station 11 This project provides funding for the purchase of land, the construction of a new fire station and the puirchase of a new fire engine. This new station will serve rapidly developing far northeast Plano (the area east of Central Expressway and north of Parker Road). It will be located east of Jupiter Road along the extension of Los Rios Boulevard. The station will be staffed with one paramedic engine company. Completion Date: 9/30/2005
Fire Station 12 This project provides funding for the purchase of land and the construction of a new fire station. This station will serve an area in the center of the City that is not adequately serviced by existing stations (east of Preston Road, west of Independence Parkway, north of Parker Road and south of Spring Creek Parkway). Fire Station 12 will be staffed with an existing paramedic engine company to be relocated from an existing two- company station. Completion Date: 9/30/2006
Fire Station 13 This project includes funding for the purchase of a site for a future fire station. When built, this station would enhance service in the Legacy Business Park and Tollway corridor area, which is expected to be densely developed in the next few years. The desired location for Fire Station 13 is west of the Tollway and north of Legacy Drive with good access to the southbound Tollway. Completion Date: 9/30/2006
1/12/04 Sachse - is building a new Station 2, and has a 75' Quint on order from E-One. (Scroll down to Equipment and look at the last sentence. They had a picture of a 75' E-One demo Quint on their site last year. So I'm assuming they're still going with E-One.) Thanks to Peter
1/1/03 Metroplex - A new EMS Air Ambulance Service is in town. It's Air Evac Services. Air Evac is a wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleum Helicopters, Inc. out of Lafayette, Louisiana. SkyMed 2 is an American Eurocopter A-Star based at McKinney Airport, and SkyMed 3 will be a BK-117 based at Parkland soon. Phone number is 1-800-IFLYPHI.
12/28/03 Keller - Is hoping to build a new station, administration and training center at a 4 acre site at Old Town. They hope to have it funded in a 2003/4 Capital Improvement Plan.(Fort Worth Star-Telegram Article 12/27/2003)
12/08/03 Arlington - Just gave the go ahead to the 1M in monies for an additional engine and 100+ quint. Both will be the new Crimson Star series bodies and the quint will be one of Crimsons new aerials. Thanks to Brian
11/13/03 Fort Worth - Quoted from Big Booster Funds also have been placed in the city ’s equipment service division to purchase new fire apparatus.This will include three engines,two quints and two brush trucks.Additionally,there will be a replacement for Squad 2 that will increase the reliability and efficiency of the reserve unit. In other financially related news,the city of Fort Worth ’s 2004 Capital Improvement Program (CIP)will go before the voters Feb. 7,2004.Several propositions will be on the proposed $220+million bond program.The fire department,which will have its own proposition on the ballot,is requesting a little more than $11 million in funds.The specific items being requested include the following: • Construction of two stations in the annexed northwest area and land purchase for a future third station • Construction of a new Station 27 at a different location • Installation of an exhaust removal system at all fire stations • Installation of compressed air foam systems on 20 fire apparatus •Addition of female restroom facilities to stations
11/05/03 Arlington - has taken delivery of another 2003 brush truck from S & S Fire Apparatus in Keller, TX. The chassis is an International 7400 series 4 X 4 with a flatbed designed body that carries 1000 gallons of water, 30 gallons of class "B" foam and 20 gallons of class "A" foam. It has a Waterous 302-A 230 gpm pump driven by a Kubota auxilary engine. A Foam Pro 2001 system allows foam to be distributed to the 2--1 1/2" attack lines, the booster reel or the bumper mounted Elkhart Sidewinder turret. This truck will be stationed at #12 at Arlington Municipal Airport and is replacing a 1978 GMC/Fire Boss booster truck. Thanks to Don & Brian for the info and photos below.
10/2/03 Erath County - Fire Rescue just began operations today in our new station in Stephenville, TX. We have one new Kenworth pierce 1250gpm/1000gal pumper, one 84 ford/fmc 1000gpm/750gal pumper, and one ford f550 brush truck with 500 gal of water. Thanks to Scott
9/30/03 Midlothian -recently took delivery of a brand new custom 1500gpm/750gal/50gal foam engine from Crimson Fire. Construction should begin on Station #2 during the first part of next year, and it will be located in the vicinity of Walnut Grove Road and FM1387 (east of downtown Midlothian). sometime down the road Station #3 will be constructed on the corner of Tower Road and Highway 663 on land already owned by the city. This is due south of downtown Midlothian. - Thanks to Jeff on the DFWScanList.
9/30/03 (updated from 6/7/03) D/FW Airport from board meeting agenda "L. Thompson *24. Award Purchase Order No. 242870 for six Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Trucks, to Martin Apparatus and Equipment, in the amount of $6,610,014." Thanks to Will. I visited with DFW DPS 9/29, and one person said these will be Oshkosh equipped with Snozzles and 4500 gal. tanks. Also, they will break ground soon on a new communications center, just south of the current location at station 1.
9/14/03 Arlington - Has taken delivery of (2) 2003 brush trucks on F550 Ford chassis with 400 gallons of water and 5 gallons of class "A" foam from S & S Fire Apparatus in Keller, TX. They will be assigned to Brush-5 and Brush-13. The 1993 Chevy brush truck currently assigned as Brush-13 will be reassigned to Brush-10 The 1971 Chevy/Fire Boss brush truck currently assigned as Brush-10 and the 1981 Ford/Fire Boss brush truck currently assigned as Brush-5 will be sold. Another brush truck is also under production at S & S Fire Apparatus in Keller, TX. It is being built on a 2003 International 7400 series chassis with 1000 gallons of water, 30 gallons of class "B" foam, and 20 gallons of class "A" foam. A 250 gpm waterous auxiliary pump and Elkhart Sidewinder bumper turret will be included. This truck will be assigned as Brush-12 at the airport station and will replace a 1978 GMC/Fire Boss brush truck which will be sold. The new truck should be delivered by the end of October 2003
6/27/03 Fort Worth - Code 3 Has finally done it!!! 3 new 1/64 scale replicas are scheduled to be made soon of Engine 7, Quint 9, and Truck 8. They slipped and announced these prematurely, but they should officially announce them next week.
6/20/03 Bedford - SVI has more pictures up. Check them every Friday. I forgot Bedford is also getting a Fire/Police Command Truck (Spartan cab/chassis), in addition to the Air and Light truck (an International 4400).
5/25/03 Dallas - Dallas' new Truck 3 is at the shops being readied for service. It is rumored the that this is first of three tractor-drawn ladder trucks on order. "Rumor Control" has it that Dallas is returning to an all "tiller" fleet as trucks are replaced. Also, Dallas rec'd a sizeable order of Ford/Wheeled Coach MICUs. Many have been dispersed to the fire stations and many are being readied for service. The major differences are 1) all red except the tops of the module and rims, 2) a CPR seat, 3) A/C that runs continously at thermostat setting while plugged into shore power, and 4) a small refrigerator for drugs. Dallas is also field-testing an MICU built on a Freightliner cab/chassis. Future orders may or may not be on the larger vehicles. It is currently assigned to Rescue 49. - Thanks (anonymous)
4/14/03 Various - McKinney's station 5 is in service now. Denton's new Central Station is also in service. Dallas Fire Rescue is building a new Station 39. It's on the corner of Shiloh Rd., and Ruidosa Ave. Across Shiloh Rd. from the current station. It looks like they will be running out of it very soon. - Thanks to Peter
Automated Vehicle Location Program Would allow the Fire Department to improve emergency response times. Would include mounted transponders on vehicles that would allow dispatchers to pinpoint an emergency vehicle’s position, enabling them to deploy the emergency vehicle closest to the site of an emergency. Could be shared with the Police Department and other city departments.
$200,000 Fire Station and Facility Renovations Would provide for the construction of separate male and female facilities at multiple fire stations. Would construct larger bay doors at other select stations.
$1,250,000 Fire Station No. 4 Rebuild Would include the demolition and reconstruction of Fire Station No. 4 at 1733 W. Randol Mill Road. Would increase the size of the rebuilt station from 2,600 square feet to approximately 5,000 square feet for the purpose of providing additional space for larger apparatus and additional personnel.
$1,325,000 Fire Station No. 3 Rebuild Would include the demolition and reconstruction of Fire Station No. 3 at 1820 S. Fielder Road. Would increase the size of the rebuilt station from 2,600 square feet to approximately 5,000 square feet for the purpose of providing additional space for larger apparatus and additional personnel.
$1,360,000 The Vehicle Pre-Emption System Phase III Would equip approximately 80-90 intersections with pre-emption receivers that give the emergency vehicles the green light as they approach intersections for the purpose of improving response times and enhancing safety by decreasing the chance of accident.
$300,000 Burn Building Upgrades Would add computerized, natural gas burning devices to simulate kitchen, bedroom and garage fire conditions at the Fire Training facility for the purpose of increasing firefighter safety, reducing the level of smoke produced, and reducing water runoff and contamination. $500,000
1/19/03 McKinney - Fire Station 5 is currently under construction. It's scheduled to open in the Spring of this year. It's located in the Stonebridge subdivision at 6600 Virginia Pkwy. 1 block East of Stonebridge Dr. It's a 3 bay drive thru station. Thanks to Peter
1/10/03 Fort Worth - FWFD Rehab Truck bid to be rejected. (City Council Agenda Item) "because the only vendor that responded was a conversion company that did not meet the specifications requiring vendors to meet the Texas Motor Vehicle Code, Section 5.04. ...a rebid will be issued to obtain a fire rehab truck that is used for response to emergency incidents in which firefighters or citizens need to be brought in from inclement weather or rehabilitated with fluids, rest and medical treatment. "
1/8/03 Arlington - Arlington is going to hold a bond election for rebuilding of Arlington Fire Station 3, and Station 4. From what he said: the stations are to remain in there current locations. They just expand them to roughly 5,000-7,000 square feet I believe. Thanks to Peter.
1/5/03 Fort Worth - Fire Apparatus Journal reports Alliance Airport's new crash rig will be a Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 with articulating boom. Here's a picture of one. It's a bit different than what I'm used to, but I'm sure it will grow on me, and it's gotta look sharp in the FWFD white/blue.
1/1/03 Irving - Fire Department is having an open house for the new Fire Station 5 located at 2925 W. Shady Grove on January 9, 2003 from 4 P.M. till 6:30 P.M. The station is located across from Southwest Park. (this would be a good place to park at since there is limited space at the fire station) - Thanks to Will
12/20/02 Bedford - Conroe PD's cew Command Truck (by SVI Trucks) stopped by Bedford Fire Station 1 for the Bedford chiefs to see. Bedford PD and FD are getting a new command truck to share. This is in addition to the FD utility truck.
12/14/2002 Texas Fire Museum - Open House[12/14/2002]
Councilmember Capehart made a motion to approve a resolution authorizing and awarding a contract to the low bidder, Wildfire Truck and Equipment Sales, Arlington, Texas, in the amount of $355,307, for the purchase of three brush trucks for the Fire Department (Bid No. 03-0009)(funds available in Fleet Services Account No. 0070-033-7910-4254). Seconded by Councilmember Bruner, the motion carried with 7 ayes and 0 nays. RESOLUTION NO. 02-589 Thanks to Chris
11/25/02 Fort Worth - PURCHASE OF A NEW TRUCK CHASSIS FROM AN INTERLOCAL PURCHASING PROGRAM FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT - City Council Agenda Item - Relates to the Utility truck like Bedford is getting, I think.
11/11/02 Irving - 2 Pierce Saber Pumpers are being purchased through the HGAC from city council meeting on June 6, 2002. Engine 4 being rebuilt from rollover accident during the summer by Pierce Manufacturing from city council meeting on October 24,2002. New station 5 is close to completion. (Thanks to Will)
11/11/02 Arlington - broke ground two weeks ago on the new Station 14. It's a two bay Station that will be built in the 5600 block of Ron McAndrew Dr. That's right next door to the Training Academy and their temporary Station of 13 years!! (Thanks to Peter)
11/5/02 Arlington - Council member Capehart made a motion to approve a resolution authorizing the City Manager or his designee to purchase two fire engines from Metro Fire Apparatus Specialist, Inc., through the Houston-Galveston Area Council Cooperative Purchasing Program, (H-GAC) in the total amount of $768,480, which purchase price includes $756,480 for the purchase of the two fire engines, $10,000 for a pre-construction conference and an inspections conference, and a $2,000 H-GAC administrative fee (funds available in Fire Department Account No. 0010-002-2220-4257). Seconded by Councilmember Cluck, the motion carried with 9 ayes and 0 nays. RESOLUTION NO. 02-535 (Thanks for catching that one Chris.).
10/1/2002 Bedford - From SVI (SuperVac) - A list of trucks we have on order right now, in your area: Bedford Fire Department - Custom Command Unit (shall begin production in April of 2003) Bedford Fire Department - Air and Light (shall begin production in May of 2003) Plano Fire Department - Air and Light (shall begin production in early June of 2003) Fort Worth Fire Department - Air and Light (shall begin production in mid June of 2003) There you have it. Always working on more projects - but nothing else is solid right now.
Worth - Fire Dept. Purchasing New Rescue Truck (9/27/02)
They mention same as Bedford's BID #02-0509B , I bet this is actually a utility truck. Especially since the cost seems pretty low compared to a regular fire truck. Bedford is getting a utility truck from SVI in Summer 2003.