Archive for November 3rd, 2021

Fire Service News

This from Martin Nowak:

Just wanted to share some fire news outside of Illinois. Do you guys think this will be the future of fire service? What are your thoughts on this?


OCALA, FLNovember 1, 2021 – E-ONE, a subsidiary of REV Group, Inc. (NYSE: REVG), announces it is building an all-electric Vector fire truck for Mesa Fire and Medical Department in Mesa, AZ.

REV Fire Group first announced the introduction of its all-electric fire truck, now named Vector, in August, and Mesa is the first confirmed order announcement. The customizable Vector has the industry’s longest electric pumping duration using 316 kilowatts of total battery power which enables the truck to pump at 750 GPM through four hose lines for four hours on a single charge.

“In developing the Vector, we worked closely with our customers to identify their product needs. Using this feedback, we designed a robust EV rig that upholds our commitment to providing the highest quality and best performing fire apparatus,” said Mike Virnig, Vice President of Sales, REV Fire Group. “We are excited to partner with Mesa in protecting both their community and the environment and look forward to delivering the first of these revolutionary EV fire trucks. The Vector is well equipped to serve the needs of Mesa firefighters and customizable for department needs across the country.”

Additional features of the Vector include a low battery placement which offers a safer, lower center of gravity, and a 400 kw (536 HP) electric drive motor with regenerative braking. Pumping can be certified to NFPA standards operating on electric power only at 1250 GPM with maximum flows higher depending on pump options. Also, the fire department can select the tank capacity to hold up to 1030 gallons of water and foam.

Customized features on the Mesa apparatus include:

  • 100-inch wide cab with raised roof
  • Extruded aluminum body with full height / full depth compartments each side
  • Clean cab design with no SCBA in the cab
  • Upgraded air conditioning system with additional evaporator in rear of cab
  • Electronic stability control
  • Galvanized and powder coated double rail frame with 194-inch wheelbase
  • Severe duty front bumper with full width tray
  • Thermal battery management system
  • 500 amps of available 12 volt power
  • Range extender for emergency back-up power
  • Heavy duty two-arm overhead ladder rack with 16 and 28-foot ladders
  • Low hosebed design holds a total of 1750 feet of hose
  • 2002 FoamPro foam system
  • AXIS Smart truck technology

This rig supports the City of Mesa’s Climate Action Plan and goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. “I’m an advocate for electric vehicles — it’s a better technology and this is one of many steps we can take to bring us closer to our Climate Action Plan goals,” said Mayor John Giles. “We look forward to this as a study in the potential cost-savings and efficiency of electric vehicles in City operations.”

H&E Equipment, an E-ONE authorized dealer, is handling the order and delivery is expected in 2022.

drawing of E-ONE Vector electric fire engine

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More than 200 new jobs are expected to be created due to the expansion of Pierce Manufacturing Inc. in Appleton and Neenah. The company announced the expansion early Tuesday afternoon, adding they have begun recruitment efforts for the jobs.

According to company officials, the need to increase space to produce fire trucks comes due to product demand. Officials say a 90,000 square foot expansion will be done at the main facility located in Appleton. In addition, another 60,000 square feet of production space will be added to the Neenah facility. Work on the foundation for the expansion is already underway. The new production and testing facility areas are expected to be operational by fall of 2022.

The company will have openings for welders, painters, electricians, assemblers, and others. According to a release sent out Tuesday announcing the expansion, new team members will be in an initial training program before transitioning to the hired role. In addition, the company says each team member may access $10,000 per year for continuing education for an associate, bachelors or master’s degree.

Right now the company has 2600 workers, and the 200 additional jobs will be on of some already existing vacancies.

thanks Martin

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