11/10/09 54 W, 2 I - + 9 - 12 Cary's Technical Rescue Truck

As noted in our apparatus update, the Cary Fire Department recently acquired an 18-wheeler to replace their technical rescue trailers. Drivers are being trained, and the equipment storage configuration is being designed. Here are a couple pictures:

kinda resembles one of the raleigh 18 wheelers
charlie - 11/10/09 - 18:37

Looks pretty darn close to Decon 1 (RFD).
Silver - 11/10/09 - 21:34

Why the change to an 18 wheeler? what was wrong with the trailers? Or did they just want more space?
adam - 11/10/09 - 23:49

Simple why they wanted an 18 wheeler: It can pull double duty as a moving truck and can be used to help move Northerners into the Containment Area for Relocated Yankees. (I kid, I kid!!)
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 11/11/09 - 10:17

Hahahahahahahaha!!!! Move ‘em out of here!! Oh wait…..hahahahahahaha.
Silver - 11/11/09 - 12:20

Yes, The department wanted to put everything in one truck. This was to save space at Station 4, easier, safer, quicker to get to scenes w/o having to hook up to a trailer with the brush truck or BC’s truck (in the past that were overweight) and USAR figured into the factor to.
fire1983 - 11/12/09 - 12:41

This truck will hold all of the technical rescue equipment with the exception of the water rescue resources. This includes the confined space and trench equipment and associated lumber. It will also store and transport the polaris UTV. In addition it provides a vehicle within the FD fleet that can transport the gooseneck Public Fire Education trailer.

I don’t know if I agree about the easier or quicker part about getting it to a scene, but I guess that is yet to be determined. But yes the goal was to have all the equipment on one truck ready to go and making sure nothing got left behind, or relied on trucks being in service or available to pull the trailers to a call (for example if the brush truck was in the shop or on a call, or the USAR water rescue truck was at training).

A custom built rescue trailer was considered, but in today’s tough budget time it was cost prohibitive. As mentioned the equipment storage is being designed and driver training is ongoing.
CFP 7021 - 11/13/09 - 01:31

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