04/23/11 49 W, 1 I - + 6 - 7 New Pierce Pumper For Hopkins

As posted on the Pierce Flickr site and with a rare top-mounted pump panel, here's the new Pumper 226 for Hopkins Fire Department in northeastern Wake County. Watch for Stony Hill's new Pierce pumper any day as well:

This may be a novice question, but what are some of the advantages of having a top mounted pump panel, versus side?
Adam - 04/23/11 - 17:22

It’s really just personal/department preference. Top mount makes the truck longer, but gets the operator off the ground..which is good for when you’re standing on the road, but bad if you need to access stuff in compartments, especially in icy/snowy conditions.
driver - 04/23/11 - 19:36

Also, the old 226 (a Chevy) is a top-mount. I’ve got some friends at Hopkins, and while a new Pumper is a good thing, they have said that they will miss the old 226 because they could take it anywhere. It was a much smaller truck, so it fit really well down some of those farm paths they have to go down all the time.

It is a nice looking truck, though.
CJS (Email) - 04/24/11 - 07:03

I like the American flag in the grill, nice touch.
Bobby - 04/24/11 - 07:10

I for one am a HUGE fan of top mounted pump panels for any vehicle that responds to a high speed roadway. I also like them for the fact that they offer the pump operator a view of the scene (fire) no matter which side of the truck that happens to be. WIth the newer technology of electronic and air actuated valves it pretty much makes getting up and down a non-issue, unless you are having to retrieve equipment.

In my short time at Wake Forest FD I came to appreciate a top mounted pump when driving E63, being able to be up and out of the way on scenes was nice.

Nice looking rig, congrats to the members of Hopkins (and Stony Hill) on their new rigs.
shevais - 04/24/11 - 09:21

Congrats to HRFD on the new piece. As to the question of the side/top mount. It comes to personal preference.. Having a top mount does not nessesarly make the truck any longer than a side mount. That comes down to how the truck is speced out.
Swiman - 04/24/11 - 11:19

My preference is a side mount. Besides being off of the roadway there is no advantage. A good pump operator does not need to see the scene. And to swiman you are right about the specs of the truck but if you are going fore a shorter truck with adequat compartment space then the side mount is the way to go. Also a top mount cuts down on your dunnage area which is again storage space. I do like the fact that Hopkins has went with what they are used to. I also like the side compartments over the front tires. Can anyone tell us what may go in theme (EMS bags maybe)?
911 - 04/24/11 - 16:12

As a former volunteer I like the top mount pump because I could run the deck gun from the pump panel for quick knock downs especially on fast moving brush fires. In the city I would rather have the side mount truck
Rob Mitchell - 04/24/11 - 19:37

CONGRATS Hopkins! The truck looks fantastic! Well, Stony Hill will depart from tradition… the next one will be a side mount. We have operated top mounts for some time now, but the decision to depart was in part due to the COST. The reduction allowed us to add more options that were operationally beneficial (e.g. we added a front suction, overhead ladder rack, a “through the tank” drop tank, and have the extended cab). Our apparatus committee truly focused on options that would benefit our rural response. Now, don’t get me wrong… I really like the top mounts (no,... LOVE!), but I am very proud of our group’s hard work and their focus on effectiveness. A truly nice truck is on the way for us! The finals are finished and the truck should arrive this week. Preliminary pics are on our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stony-Hill..
A.C. Rich - 04/24/11 - 21:33

Top Mount adds 19” to the overall length of a truck, if everything else is the same.
driver - 04/25/11 - 00:07

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