02/08/10 77 W, 1 I - + 12 - 8 Durham's New Mobile Support Unit

The Durham Fire Department took delivery of a new mobile support unit in late December. The 2009 International/EVI is a 22-foot rescue unit equipped with storage for air bottles and a cascade system, a light tower and 40KW generator, numerous equipment trays, and other features. View more photos, specs, and drawings at the manufacturer's web site. The truck replaces a 1998 E-One apparatus that's slightly shorter in size. It's housed at Station 1.

Nice looking rig, but how long do they really think an EVI will survive in Durham? Maybe 5 years tops. You get what you pay for.
Old School - 02/09/10 - 01:31

I don’t know about your experiences with EVI, but I’ve driven one for over 10 years and body wise, it’s a solid truck, and well built.
CFP 7021 - 02/09/10 - 12:25

Nice ride, I’d like to see RFD switch to something like this when Air-1 comes up for replacement. The current Air-1 is dangerously top heavy. While I’m sure this rig has its’ weight to it, it doesn’t look too bad. What does a price tag run on a special piece like this?
Silver - 02/09/10 - 14:30

I wish we had an air truck.

Our two rescue companies provide air at incidents. My only issue with that is our rescue’s feel they are so special, as soon as the fire is knocked down, they’re gone. That means no SCBA during overhaul and mop up since the rescue won’t be there to refill your bottle.

It is also a bit of a hassle to get bottles filled if you have a car fire, or other incident where SCBA would be needed that the rescue doesnt respond on. You must go to our logistics department or to the rescue station, as we don’t have spare bottles in the station. The air unit could respond to incidents needing SCBA (working fires/hazmats) and go around to stations to refill/replace used air botles as needed.
Rides An Engine - 02/09/10 - 15:06

The Rescue just releases themselves after a fire? You’d think the I.C. would tell them to hold up. I’m glad we have an air unit, and would love to see us work an agreement with the Bayleaf FD (northside combo department which has an air unit) to help cover the city on the northside. Some areas here, our air unit has a 25-30 minute ride since we’re so spread out. I realize there isn’t an extreme rush to get the air unit there, but, 30 minutes is pretty long.
Silver - 02/09/10 - 15:44


It’s pretty much once there is a control time, you’ve got about 10 minutes or so to get your SCBA filled before they leave. Command will announce this over the radio. It’s a mentality of the rescue companies, and so many of our Batt. Chiefs and command staff came from the rescues, it trickles down, and happens at most every fire, even if the fire is in that rescue’s 1st due are.
Rides An Engine - 02/09/10 - 15:54

Silver - 02/09/10 - 16:18

What other equipment does Durham carry on the mobile air truck besides spare bottles and cascade?
Rides An Engine - 02/12/10 - 16:39

I know they used to carry several coolers and snacks. I can remember the guy on my shift would hustle…had a cooler with soda, water and gatorade I believe, along with some peanut butter crackers.
Silver - 02/12/10 - 17:52

spare rescue related tools. extra foam for hasmat team. functions as a rehab truck. carries spare air bottles. carries ems supplies as well.
crs - 02/13/10 - 17:02

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