Posts Tagged ARFF

Oshkosh purchases Snozzle

A news release from the end of April announced that Oshkosh (parent of Pierce,  Medtec, Frontline Communications and more) purchased Snozzle from Crash Rescue Equipment Services, Inc. There is an announcement HERE and another HERE. Excerpts from both articles include:

Production will be relocated to the Oshkosh Fire & Emergency Campus in Wis. and phased in over the next 6-12 months.

The SNOZZLE apparatus is available with a piercing nozzle that can strategically enter an aircraft’s passenger cabin, cargo compartment or other structure for direct application of firefighting agents. The lightweight, highly flexible extendable turret is able to operate as an elevated water tower through a doorway or over a wing exit without endangering firefighters. The product’s patented ability to shoot a full master stream at ground level allows for quick and effective cooling of burning aircraft tires and hot brakes. In addition, the SNOZZLE will reach down, at or below grade, where it can successfully employ the “seat of the fire” method of attacking a fuel spill fire.

Robert Conley, President of Crash Rescue, stated, “We are very proud to have Oshkosh as the buyer of this critical piece of ARFF technology. Grady North and Bob Relyea were instrumental in developing the market for this product within the ARFF industry and we know they are proud to see it continue with a strong owner like Oshkosh.  We wanted to be a good steward of the Snozzle by finding a great home for it. We decided to do this because we needed to focus our personnel and resources on our core business, which has always been remanufacturing.  Our newly ISO 9001:2008 certified remanufacturing operation provides the total remanufacturing of Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles worldwide.  Our intent is to grow and further concentrate on this critically needed service for military, industrial, and commercial customers. Crash Rescue has been proud to serve our customers, and we are extremely gratified to know that the SNOZZLE® will continue to save lives, property, and keep our fire fighters safe.”

Mostly in use with ARFF units, the Snozzle has until now been available to all manufacturers.

Chicago Fire Department O'Hare Airport Oshkosh ARFF 6-5-5 with Snozzle

Chicago purchased this 1994 Oshkosh T3000 with a Snozzle for service as 6-5-5 at O'Hare. Larry Shapiro photo

Miami International Airport E-ONE Titan 8x8 ARFF with Snozzle

This E-ONE Titan 8x8 went into service at Miami International Airport in 2002. With the recent Oshkosh purchase, the Snozzle will only be available to Oshkosh subsidiaries. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Fire Department Midway Airport Oshkosh Striker 3000 ARFF with Snozzle

In 2010, Chicago placed this Oshkosh Striker 3000 with a Snozzle at Midway Airport. Gordon J. Nord, Jr. photo

Over the years since the Snozzle was introduced, several fire departments incorporated the telescoping waterway for structural applications by having one mounted on a custom pumper.

Orange Fire Department CA Seagrave engine with Snozzle

The Orange Fire Department in California has a large fleet of Seagrave apparatus. One of the engines shown here was built in 1994 and incorporated a 50' Snozzle. Larry Shapiro photo

LaGrange Fire Department Kentucky Seagrave engine with Snozzle

Another engine built by Seagrave with a 50' Snozzle was this unit for LaGrange, Kentucky. It was built in 2000 with a 1,500-GPM pump, 700 gallons of water, and 50 gallons of foam divided into one 30-gallon and one 20-gallon cell. Larry Shapiro photo

Marrero-Estelle Fire Department Louisiana E-ONE Cyclone II with Snozzle

The Marrero-Estelle Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 in southern Louisiana purchased this 2008 E-ONE Cyclone II engine with a 65' Snozzle to complement their full E-ONE fleet. The tip has dual nozzles with a forward looking camera. Larry Shapiro photo

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O’Hare ARFF deliveries

Yesterday we posted photos of 6-5-3 and 6-5-5 being delivered to O’Hare. Evidently we missed one. Here’s a shot of 6-5-6 which also arrived at O’Hare for a total of three new 3,000-gallon Oshkosh Striker ARFFs.

Chicago Fire Department O'Hare Airport Oshkosh Striker 3000 ARFF

6-5-6 was the third of three new Oshkosh Striker 3000 ARFFs that was delivered last week to O'Hare Airport. This unit features an extendable and elevated piercing nozzle.

It appears since these three units were delivered over a week ago, two have gone back to Oshkosh to address a punch list of items that required attention.

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New ARFFs delivered to O’Hare

We received several delivery photos of 6-5-3 and 6-5-5 arriving at the O’Hare Fleet Service garage last week.

Chicago Fire Department O'Hare Airport Oshkosh Striker ARFF unit

6-5-3 was delivered to O'Hare Airport last week.

Chicago Fire Department O'Hare Airport Oshkosh Striker ARFF unit

6-5-5 was also delivered to O'Hare. Both units are 2010 Oshkosh Striker 3000 models.

Chicago Fire Department O'Hare Airport Oshkosh Striker ARFF unit

The Striker units were driven from Oshkosh, Wisconsin on these drop-deck lowboy trailers.

Chicago Fire Department O'Hare Airport Oshkosh Striker ARFF unit

6-5-3 is a 2010 Oshkosh Striker 3000

Chicago Fire Department O'Hare Airport Oshkosh Striker ARFF unit

6-5-5 is shown insdie the garage with a spare ArFF and the spare O'Hare engine visible

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New ARFFs for Chicago

The Chicago Fire Department is expecting to receive three new Oshkosh Striker ARFF units by the end of the year. The first of these units was due in August and has not yet arrived. On a recent trip to Pierce, a reader took the photo which is shown here that shows all three of the ARFF units completed, one which has a Snozzle articulating boom with a piercing nozzle.

The closest of these units can be seen numbered for 6-5-5 which runs out of Rescue 2 currently with a 2000 Oshkosh TI-3000. This is the ARFF Commander’s unit.  The others are probably 6-5-3 at Rescue 1 (now operating with a 1992 Oshkosh T12) and 6-5-6 which currently has a 1994 Oshkosh T-3000 with a Snozzle out of Rescue 2.

Pierce factory final inspection

Three Oshkosh Striker 3,000-gallon ARFF units are seen here in the final stages of completion at the Pierce factory last week.

As an added bonus, the heavy rescue shown in the foreground of this photo is the new unit for the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System Emergency Services Team (NIPAS EST) on a Velocity chassis.

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CFD O’Hare apparatus updates

Several new rigs are expected at O’Hare Airport and others are in the planning stage.

  • A new ambulance has been put into service as ambulance 26 at Rescue 1. New ambulances for #16 and #59 are due at the airport soon.
  • The Aviation Department has a 5-year contract with Oshkosh for up to eight Striker ARFF units. The first one is due in August and will be a 3000 gallon 6×6 similar to several already in service at O’Hare. A second, similar unit is due before the end of 2010. Depending on FAA regulations that are possibly changing, two future units might be 4500 gallon 8×8 units.
  • A large fan (mobile ventilation unit) is in the process of being ordered for the airport.
  • A new mobile command post (2-7-8) is also on the drawing board.
  • There is a new rehab unit (5-7-3) at O’Hare at Rescue 3.
  • Mass Casualty Unit 8-8-1 at Rescue 1 is running with a new (used) Bluebird bus
  • Battalion 6 has a new 2010 Ford Expedition
  • 2-9-9 and 2-9-11 both have new 2010 Ford F150 4dr pickup trucks with bed covers
CFD O'Hare Mass Casualty Bus 881

Chicago Ambulance 26

CFD 2-9-11

CFD Rehab Unit 5-7-3

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Another addition to Division 19.

The Lockport Township FPD in Will County (Division 19) has been added to the website.  All 6 stations are up and almost complete. Thanks to Karl Klotz for all of the photos. Anyone interested in ARFF units will enjoy browsing through this suburban department that maintains 2 Amertek Crash Rescue Trucks.

The department is also ordering a 2010 IHC Horton ambulance to replace ambulance 1. The new unit is expected next summer.

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