05/01/12 50 W, 1 I - + 9 - 7 One Sweet Tanker

Here's a sharp-looking tanker featured as a new delivery on FireNews.net. 2011 Kenworth/Crimson tanker, 750 GPM, 3,000 gallon tank. Love those chevrons. What are some of the monster tankers serving around our area? And are any tractor-drawn tankers still used in the central Piedmont?

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I believe Halifax FD has a tractor-drawn unit.
Duda (Email) - 05/01/12 - 09:08

Not sure of the Central Piedmont, but i know Hargett’s Crossroads VFD in Jones Co. had one. Also I think Winnabow FD in Brunswick CO. had one but it was for sale. It isn’t listed on their website anymore.
Maynard - 05/01/12 - 10:32

Halifax FD is not the one with the tractor drawn unit, it is Scotland Neck Fire Department unit.
Evans - 05/01/12 - 12:18

Parkwood has twin 3,000 gallon tankers
shevais - 05/01/12 - 13:48

Down in cumberland county we have 2 currently, Wade Community Fire Dept (Sta 16) has a 3000 gallon freightliner tanker/pumper. Prior to receiving this vehicle they were running a tractor drawn tanker that I believe was either 5000 or 6000 gallons. Also Vander Fire Dept (Sta 2) placed in service a monster 3500 gallon pumper/tanker last year.
justin - 05/01/12 - 14:33

Hargett’s Crossroads has gotten rid of their tractor trailer and replaced it with a Fouts 3000 gallon tanker.
car3550 - 05/01/12 - 16:18

Hampstead FD in Pender County used to have a tractor drawn 6 or 8 thousand gallon tanker. Unsure if it is still in service or not
Chris - 05/01/12 - 21:42

Wake County’s most recent crop of tanker deliveries were based on two-axle specs developed a few years ago. If memory serves, the committee that created those specs chose fewer (two) versus more (three) axles (and the resulting larger capacity) based on reasons including safety concerns.

In prior decades, a number of departments operated beastly tankers, notably Durham Highway and Fairgrounds. Those two were the largest around here, I recall.
Legeros - 05/01/12 - 21:45

Rolesville had a 2500 gallon tanker (Bertha). From those of us that haul water a super large tanker really doesn’t work well in a water shuttle. It’s too difficult to maneuver and dump, especially in a subdivision. The super large ones usually just pull up and set the brake.

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AB - 05/01/12 - 23:46

Over the years the 2 tractor trailer tankers that come to mind are the former Oakhurst VFD in Mecklenburg Co had one that later went to Flowes Store VFD re-tractored with the same tank attached and Atwell Twp in Rowan County ran a tractor drawn tanker at one time. Both of these are long gone.
BFD1151 - 05/02/12 - 08:07

Old Swift Creek Tanker 6 was 2500 gallons.

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Bob P. - 05/02/12 - 11:33

Way back when it was established in several places that when establishing a water shuttle around these parts, a 1200-1500 gallon tanker allowed for more fireground water flow by being more maneuverable, faster to fill, and faster to dump.

As to other big tankers, Moncure had one similar to Swift Creek’s, Wilson’s Mills had a 2200 (they may still have it, only remounted now), and Cape Carteret ran a 3000 gallon on a Ford C8000. I also think Parkwood at one time had a big one, but not sure of the capacity.
DJ - 05/02/12 - 12:10

North Whiteville Fire Department in Columbus County has a mid 90’s Freightliner tractor trailer tanker, I believe the trailer is 3000 gallons and is old
car3550 - 05/02/12 - 13:25

Old Richmond Fire Department in Forsyth County recently placed a KME pumper tanker in service, 3000 gallon tank and I want to say a 1500GPM pump. Also carries in the area of 150 feet of ground ladders.
CRK - 05/02/12 - 19:57

Here’s that bad boy at ORFD.

Legeros - 05/02/12 - 20:01

Selma also use to have a tractor-trailer unit, which ran as ‘Selma 6’. It was also Johnston County’s foam unit. It was not kept at the fire station, rather at the town shops. If memory serves, it had a White tactor. The pump and pumping motor were mounted at the back of the trailer.
DJ - 05/02/12 - 20:50

Selma’s tractor-drawn foam truck, photo by Jeff Harkey.

Legeros - 05/02/12 - 20:55

That Old Richmond Pumper/ Tanker is nice. Speaking on the large tankers, they like most apparatus has their time and place. In a nurse feed operation they seem to work really well, but in the water shuttle operation, like someone said before, they screw the rotation up. A tractor drawn or even a 3500 gallon tanker would be nice nurseing the first in engine in the rural setting on your regular 1000- 2000 square foot dwellings. At the dept. I work for we very rarely use drop tanks and stick to nurseing unless you have a 3500 square foot home burning from one end to the other, in the middle of the night, with 1 1/2” of ice and snow on the road. Or even when you have 3 10,000 square foot each hay barns and numerous small buildings and machinery involved when you pull up. this has been a great discussion thus far.
911 - 05/02/12 - 21:31

Correction to crk’s post on the Old Richmond Pumper/ tanker, it has 115’ of ground ladders and an added and rare 4000 foot of 5” supply. Their website and pictures show 2 preconnected handlines in the front bumper as well as 2 speedlays behind the cab. Do you all think this is over kill?
911 - 05/02/12 - 21:38

@911, knew it was over 100’, couldn’t remember for sure though. As far as over kill…..I’ve got a opinion on it but won’t voice it here
CRK - 05/03/12 - 12:53

I hear ya. Thats still a lot of ladders for a engine and hose. Imo.h
911 - 05/03/12 - 20:04

In Cabarrus County, Georgeville VFD has a 2500 gal pumper/ tanker, Odell has a 2200 gal unit, Kannapolis has a 2000 gal that actually runs as Engine 51 and Harrisburg had a tractor drawn unit that is now privately owned.
JP17 - 05/08/12 - 10:00

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