Archive for May 26th, 2011

SUFD Training Academy to close

The Southwest United Fire Districts Training Academy posted this announcement on their website:

Thursday, May 19, 2011 

It is with deep regret that the Southwest United Fire Districts Board of Trustees announces the cessation of the Training Division effective June 17, 2011.

  • Vehicle & Machinery class scheduled May 23-27, 2011 will run.
  • Vehicle & Machinery Technician class scheduled June 13-17, 2011 will run. This class is full.

Students/Departments who have registered and paid for classes other than those previously mentioned will receive notices and refunds in the near future.

We wish to thank everyone for their unwavering support of the Southwest United Fire Districts.


The CPAT Division of the Southwest United Fire Districts will continue to run as scheduled for the remainder of 2011. The 2012 schedule will be posted as soon as it is available.


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New Pierce Truck for Homewood

The Homewood Fire Department in MABAS Division 24 is about to take delivery of a 2011 Pierce Arrow XT HD 105′ rear mount quint. The truck was spotted this week at Pierce by Ryan Wyckoff. Matching the rest of the Homewood units it is painted black over red, but instead of a white ladder as they had previously, the new ladder is painted black and the breakaway fly-section is bright green. According to Ryan …

… I found out that this is the last one to have a black ladder since NFPA no longer allows ladders to be painted black.

Homewood Fire Department Pierce Arrow XT quint

Homewood is taking delivery of this 2011 Pierce HD 105' rear mount quint on an Arrow XT chassis. Ryan Wyckoff photo

Ladder 550 is replacing a 1987 Pierce 105′ rear mount quint on a Lance chassis with an extra long cab.

Homewood Fire Department Pierce Lance quint L550

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