Workhorse Fire Apparatus

Resource Management | Maximizing Volunteer Potential

As a new generation comes of age in our most-beautiful rural areas of the United States, departments find themselves stretched thin. Competing with video games, more competitive educational challenges, a broader spectrum of recreational activities and a changing mentality and work ethic amongst Generation "Z"the numbers of volunteer firefighters nationwide is declining.

Another challenge has been the economic impacts to rural areas as people travel further to work. Firefighters and potential volunteers are taking on more jobs to pay their bills and care for their families.

For private fire protection districts and agencies who lease out their apparatus for an hourly rate on larger fires, the Workhorse Fire Solution below allows you to bill at the same rate with half (or less) of the HUMAN resources your agency offers creating better coverage, greater revenues and better service.

The solution?

Electronic Nozzle Monitors.

These nozzle monitors are mounted to the front bumper of your apparatus. Connected to a joystick like the old Atari (I might be dating myself, here) inside the apparatus, they provide a single-person to start suppression efforts. Once the firefighter is in the truck, they don't need to get out. Period. They can start the pump, throttle it up and down, direct the nozzle, select fog or stream and shut everything down from the console between the front seats. It allows departments to keep their firefighters as safe as they can possibly be INSIDE THE CAB of the apparatus while avoiding the costs associated with cages to keep firefighters safe when you want to roll while suppressing the fire. A tanker to refill the apparatus is the only other apparatus you MIGHT need to ensure you have sufficient water.

We recommend marrying the Elkhart Brass Sidewinder EXM with a high pressure pump.

  • The high pressure pump allows the greatest distance of fire suppression between the chassis and the fire.
  • It also doesn't use as much water when operating at maximum RPMs which can allow you to start the suppression or containment effort while you wait to hear from a tanker operator that they're en route on the radio.
  • When the tanker is less than 15 minutes away, simply throttle down the pump and get closer to the fire by driving towards the fire while moving the joystick forward and you're bringing the nozzle down, adding more water and truly suppressing the fire.
  • Hot embers in your way? Push a button to change the nozzle to a fog and you can aim it almost straight-down to use it as a ground sprayer.
  • With a 300 US Gallon Tank and a Hale HPX75-B18 operating at 325 PSI (15 GPM) your initial attack can be 17 minutes long before you have roughly 50 gallons of water left in the tank.
  • Need a stronger suppression effort? The mid-range on this pump will allow you to put out approximately 60 GPM when you throttle the pump (in the cab) down to 200 PSI. This allows for a little less than 5 minutes of suppression.
  • A maximum flow (130 GPM @ 50 PSI) will allow you to suppress closer fires effectively for less than 3 minutes. If you're rolling with a tanker, this can offers maximum suppression with the fewest firefighters.
  • A water gauge inside the cab tells you when you're running low on water.
  • No hose reels to roll up.
  • A quick quarter-turn valve drain to get water out of the line for cold-weather climates.
  • The apparatus operator never leaves the cab allowing for injury-free suppression.

If your community has challenges – let us know. We're here to provide creative solutions to the challenges you face. No two departments face all of the exact same challenges. Workhorse Fire Apparatus will completely extinguish your challenges while preventing burning holes in your pockets. Want to know more about the solutions we've offered firefighters for the past 52 years? Contact Us to find out how we might be able to help you!

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