08/22/09 152 W, 1 I - + 15 - 10 Tactical Fire Fighting Truck

There's wow and there's WOW. This behemoth from Oshkosh/Pierce was part of this morning's fire apparatus parade, that ran the length of Fayetteville Street and concluded at the convention center. Called a Tactical Fire Fighting Truck and utilizing an Oshkosh HEMTT chassi, the eight-wheel wonder serves the National Air Guard facility at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Some specs, from a brochure on the official site: 210-inch wheelbase, all-wheel drive, 445-HP engine, 400-mile cruising range, 48-inch fording clearance, six-person capacity, five with SCBA, 1,000-gallon tank, 2,000-feet of hose, 1,000-GPM bump, roof and bumper remote-controlled turrets, numerous compartments and many tools, including hydraulic rescue equipment. There's also a water-tender version, called the HEWATT, that carries 2,500 gallons of water. Read about that. There are two such trucks in the state, we're told. The second is in Salisbury, at an Air Guard facility there. Parade photos coming later. Click to enlarge:

Updated with better picture.
Legeros - 08/22/09 - 22:35

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