Engine 50, a 2008 HME/Alexis rescue-pumper, is the department’s primary firefighting response vehicle. This vehicle can carry a crew of 7, including the officer and vehicle operator, and has a 1500 gallon per minute (GPM) pump with a 500 gallon water tank. This vehicle is equipped with all required firefighting equipment as well as a supply of rescue equipment including hydraulic spreaders, often referred to as the “jaws of life”. Engine 50 has a 25-gallon foam tank, compressed air for running pneumatic tools, a thermal imager, rapid intervention equipment and a small refrigerator for firefighter rehabilitation. This engine is a licensed paramedic vehicle which means personnel on-board can perform advanced life support services in advance of an arriving ambulance.
Engine 54 is a HME/Alexis rescue-pumper which was acquired in the fall of 2001. This rescue-pumper is the department’s primary back-up for engine 50, serving in its place during maintenance and repairs. This vehicle can carry a crew of up to 7, has a 1500 GPM pump, a 500 gallon water tank and a 30 gallon foam tank. This vehicle is equipped with firefighting equipment plus a wide selection of rescue equipment focused mainly on auto extrication. The expected lifespan of this vehicle is 21 years and is scheduled for replacement in 2022.
Engine 56 is a 1995 HME/Saulsbury rescue-pumper. This is the department’s back-up unit, automatic aid response vehicle and heavy rescue unit. This vehicle can also carry a crew of 7, has a 1500 GPM pump, a 500 gallon water tank and two 25 gallon foam tanks. In addition to being equipped with all the necessary firefighting equipment, this vehicle carries a wide variety of rescue equipment in all categories. This vehicle is used by the department and its members when responding to technical rescue and Combined Agency Response Team (CART) incidents and training. This vehicle is scheduled for replacement in 2015/2016.