10/26/11 84 W, 1 I - + 6 - 3 The Venerable Step Van

We're following photographer Lee Wilson's adventures this week east of Wake County. He's cruised into Rocky Mount and photographed this step van parked outside what looks like Station 1. The venerable step van. Do departments still buy the things? Or have they gone the way of either smaller sport utility vehicles or larger equipment trucks? But bet there are plenty older ones, still serving in support or reserve roles. See more photos, including their 2000 GPM big-water Ladder 10.

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StillUseThem - 10/26/11 - 22:08

Portland’s Dive Team (Portland, OR) uses one:

It’s housed at their central HQ/Ash St. station and responds first due to all dive rescue related calls.

Trevor James (Email) (Web Site) - 10/27/11 - 04:59

Kenly has a nice squad 2? that is a FedEx type van. Fairly new (5years old I believe?)
FriendlyKenly - 10/27/11 - 08:23

Bunyan Station 73 in Beaufort County has 7340, a 1985-ish Chevy Step Van which carries equipment to support FF on structure fire calls, including a cascade system sans compressor. It used to hold everything for all calls until 2002 or so, when the department bought a Hackney-bodied Ford Superduty (7341). The newer rig carries all the extrication equipment and other various bits and pieces needed for the volume of wrecks they see in their district.
Duda (Email) - 10/27/11 - 11:48

Rocky Mount began running a step van in the 1970’s as a support vehicle to all structure fires and some auto accidents. It was equipt with extra firefighting equipment, salvage and overhaul equipment,some first aid equipment, and had at least a driver and 2 firefighters to assist in firefighting and clean up efforts. It covered the whole city and was referred to by many as “ The Flying Squad “ Nashville Fire Department placed one in service a short time later as a equipment truck, that was far superior in design and included firefighting equipment, extra airpack tanks and even a cascade system for refilling airpacks. ( Ricky Dorsey who is now with the Wake Tech. Fire Training program ) would know more about Nashvilles Trk he was a fulltime FireFighter with Nashville at the time.
Galax,VA - 10/28/11 - 12:57

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