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    I notice fewer & fewer people using the "Like This" button, now of course everyone is not going to "Like" everything but consider the contribution the person made to the topic. As an example if a person creates an "Incident Alert" and they really take the time to put some details in the story please consider giving them some credit. I have seen some people who no longer post them because it appears no one cares. If people post some photos of an incident and you like them let them know by hitting that "Like" button. Good conversation started or comments you agree with in a topic give them some credit hit the button. Just my opinion Jim
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    *SPY SHOTS* New FDNY Fleet Services Wrecker 2016 Mack Granite/Century Photos from: Pete's Towing and Auto Body Photos from: Pete's Towing and Auto Body
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    A friend of mine passed away a few months ago and his family gave me his collection of photos. There are boxes filled with photos, negatives, slides and manufacturer delivery photos. Going through it and scanning the good stuff I see there is some Westchester stuff. I'm going to put the good quality stuff up in this thread. He did a lot of photo buying/ trading so if there is a photographers name on the slide I will post it along with the image. First up is a 1964 ALF tiller from Hasting on Hudson.....Ron Bogardus photo.
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    Their is a science to fleet management and many departments have no idea about this. What is the best time to replace a rig? Much depends on its condition, wear and tear etc. A small department that runs 300 calls a year vs. a busy one doing 10,000. etc. But their are a number of factors to consider: 1) NFPA standards list 25 years max life, but only if the vehicle has a safety upgrade at 15 years. How many safety updates has the industry seen in the last 25 years? seatbelts, antilock breaks, automatic traction control, tilt testing, etc.? What is the liability on keeping rigs longer than this? 2) Resale value. At 10 years and 1 day the resale value of apparatus dramatically drops. Their are some large depts. that have a very progressive program to remove all rigs from primary service at 8 years and place them into the spare fleet. They are sold before their 10th year. The maintenance costs avoided, plus the resale value mean these departments actually spend less (over a 30-40 comparison) than those depts. that keep the rig until its only value is for scrap metal. 3) Maintenance Costs. Most apparatus components are covered under warranties, almost all run out by 8-10 years. The cost of maintaining older apparatus is dramatic compared to new (particularly when many costs are covered by warranties). Experience shows that in a fleet of 20 vehicles, the 2 oldest may take up to 80% of the maintenance budget. And it is not uncommon for depts. to spend 5-10%/yr. of the cost of a replacement on older apparatus. This does not take into account the down time which is hard to measure financially. As many major manufacturers have gone out of business these costs and time goes up. 4) Budget Cycle - Most depts. never set a long term replacement cycle. This creates major financial stress and causes delays in purchasing which will increase costs (particularly interest costs for bonding). If you have 100 apparatus in your fleet and you determine that the average life you want is 10 years, then every year you need to buy 10 new rigs. If you have 4 rigs and you want 20 years than every 5 years you need to buy a rig. This pattern must continue forever. If the rig ages get to close together, your costs get piled on in a very short period. If you have a steady pattern it is easier to budget and maybe even save for. Replacement cost (average): 2 engines $500,000 each 1 ladder $1,000,000 1 Rescue $250,000 Your average is $562,500. If you buy one new rig each year you need to budget $112,500 every year (plus inflation) and you will maintain your fleet at no rig over 20. and a new rig every 5 years.
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    I gave you a like, Jim, because it's definitely something that's gone to the wayside. A lot of members won't reply to posts, and then they get to the point where they read and just move on. It's like looking at Facebook all day....eventually you just see a few posts and move on. But sometimes there's a great topic and some awesome information that comes across the threads, and no one acknowledges that they were there, that they read anything! I'm just as guilty of this, as sometimes I'm just catching up on things or just reading a few threads before I have to run out the door. But, you're right. We should be acknowledging each other a little more with that tiny blue button in the lower left corner.
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    Another great looking Maxim tiller. White Plains Ladder 1. I believe this pic was taken at a parade in Nassau County. I guess back in the day rigs from Westchester and Nassau would attend each other parades more then they do today. Love the "bubble" window in the tiller cab.
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    A bunch of us from the airport went up to Boston for our annual FAA certifications. Here's a few pics for you guys!
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    When I first got on and worked in South Queens where there was lots of private dwelling fires and a fair share of vacant buildings this was very common. The vacants then had the plywood HUD windows which the the chauffeur would take out. The outside teams were very aggressive and operated independently. So the ladder chauffeurs (who were very experienced firefighters from very busy trucks) would routinely take the attic window for VES. SOP at time was to place the tip against the top of the window or wood and lower the stick. It really wasn't that long ago but I feel as if we know a lot more. First of all most people have embraced two in two out to the point that VES is done as a team. As a firefighter in the Bronx we teamed up for VES (Roof and OV) and I thought it was better. Most importantly hopefully we think a lot more about coordinating ventilation and it's effects on the overall operation. The fact is ventilation without water being applied to the seat of the fire is going to make the fire bigger and create flow paths. So we need to think about why we do it. If we're going to search for life we will need to isolate the area we are going to search or the fire is coming for us. If we are going to VEIS we want to minimize the amount of air we are feeding the fire so we should not vent until we are fully geared up and in position. To me this means facepiece on hood on on the tip of the aerial with your haligan. This way you break the window, enter, find the door to the room, close it and search. If you break it with the aerial and then climb up you have given the fire air for probably another minute minimum that will have a high potential of growing the fire. I will be honest and say this is not how we used to do it but in the past 10 years we have been given some good information that we should use to refine our tactics and work smarter and safer. Many say we are not thinking about potential victims when we refine these tactics but it's not true. If you're venting for fire then we need to have water on the fire and I'd argue it's not so critical that we need to use the tip of the aerial. I guess my point is that I'd rethink the tactic more based on our better understanding of fire dynamics (behavior) over concerns for the health of the aerial ladder.
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    .The response of the FDNY small boat to Rye illustrates what some think is one of the great weaknesses in Westchester fire protection is along the Sound Shore where fire fighting capabilities are shaky to .non existent. From the Bronx line to Connecticut there are billions of dollars of boats, marine facilities and shore front properties yet there is little meaningful fire protection.
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    Too early in the Season to consider leaving any hard surface, it happens. Hope they got it out without any damage to the undercarriage.
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    Village of Mamaroneck 1963 Seagrave Engine 39 photo by Glenn Vincent
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    Interesting story from the city I used to reside in. The city of Round Rock Texas is very progressive and proactive. FULL STORY: http://www.kvue.com/news/local/family-home-turned-into-fire-station/435744706
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    Anytime is a good time to train.
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    Instead of questioning an exterior attack vs an aggressive interior attack. They should be getting back to basics and work on that. Like someone mentioned above not really an "A" effort. The way the video was edited you can't really create a true time line of how long it took to get things going. In the video it shows an engine pulling up and to me it looks like it took a long time to get the line in place and water in it. They had a chance to make a good push on this but their lack of assertiveness and aggressiveness they let this get away from them. I'd be embarrassed if I was the chief after seeing this.
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    Definitely interesting, especially with the tandem axle on the Ford F550. Never seen something like that before. MORE INFORMATION: http://skeeterbrushtrucks.com/6x6-firewalker/ MORE INFORMATION: http://skeeterbrushtrucks.com/6x6-firewalker/
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    I love Maxims, and the semi open cab looked great especially on tillers. Here is a delivery photo from Maxim of New Rochelle Ladder 2. What would be interesting is if someone has a photo of this rig towards the end of its career. We can compare the different looks it had from untouched delivery fresh to years of fire duty and additions and modifications made by the department that ran it.
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    They've recently have installed them on what was broadway. That's what he ran into on 45th street and stopped him. I'm not sure if they plan on putting them in on the 7th part of Times Square where he was able to drive onto the sidewalk. Terrible tradegy prayers to all the families
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    The situation dictates your actions. If I had a dollar for every time myself or my crew did something outside the box or not taught in a classroom to help operations, on both the fire and ems sides of the job, I'd be sitting on a nice pile of cash. Never criticize someone for getting the job done. We don't know the particulars of this. If that was the only viable option, go for it. Hopefully the NFPA, NIOSH, OSHA and PESH police, who have never been on the line and have never been faced with making a split second, outside the box decision, will not come and arrest the aerial operator.
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    FDNY vented with the tip of the aerial as a matter of routine. It proved to be quick and effective and did not cause undue wear and tear on the ladder. Fire trucks are tools, unfortunately many departments treat them as parade pieces at the expense of sub-par performance on the fire-ground. BTW, FDNY did not spec their sticks with gizmo's and buff paraphernalia mounted on the working end, so there was no chance of creating additional airborne debris.
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    Interesting, thanks for sharing. Ironically, I recently had a similar discussion with one of my Lieutenants. I suggested writing up an explanation of the RIT/FAST and posting it on our FB page. This way, members of the public would have an idea of why we "just stand around."
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    I know the masses here on EMTBravo love to talk about consolidation, and since I stumbled upon this while reading the news, I figured it could be a fun discussion where consolidation IS moving forward. So, I'll start us off with some facts and information about the districts. The Village and Town of Victor are located in Ontario County, in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, about a 20 minute drive southeast from downtown Rochester. This article states that on March 20, the joint session of the Village and Town Boards of Victor voted to bring the issue of consolidating the two fire districts, Victor and Fishers, into a single fire district. Since the two districts are already relying on each other for manpower and equipment, to the point where they purchase equipment together (such as their ATV's), the joint boards have put though the idea to consolidate the districts. The other reason, in which the article points to, is that a single district would also level out the taxes that property owners are paying (where taxpayers in the Fishers district would see a slight decrease, and Victor would see a slight increase). Leveling out the tax levy, according to Victor Fire Chief Sean McAdoo, puts more tax burden back onto the taxpayers of the Victor district, as they are currently receiving more services under the current mutual aid and equipment purchasing plans. The Victor Fire Department is based in the heart of the Village of Victor. The village is tight on space, houses the Victor Central School District, and is heavily congested with traffic along Main Street. VFD also covers the Victor Fire Protection District, which surrounds the village in the south and west sides of the town. These areas are generally residential, with multiple subdivisions in the west and some agriculture in the south. VFD operates with a quint, engine, heavy rescue, brush truck, and two utilities. The VFD is 100% volunteer staffing. [http://victorfire.com] The Fishers Fire Department operates out of two stations, covering the north and west sections of the Town of Victor. Station 1 is in the west side, comprised of mostly residential, some industrial, and agriculture towards the southern end of the district. Station 1 is also their headquarters, which houses a quint, engine, and heavy rescue. Station 2 is at the north end, which is a heavy commercial/retail district, including Eastview Mall, the largest shopping center in the Rochester area. Station 2 houses an engine, brush truck, and two utilities. The FFD is a combination department with four career firefighters per platoon (four platoons), but relies heavily on volunteers. I don't know off hand which apparatus they staff, but I believe it is the engine out of Station 1. I have not talked to anyone within that organization in years, so my knowledge of the career staffing is a little lacking. The FFD also covers a large section of the NYS Thruway. [http://www.fishersfd.org] In my honest opinion, the fact that these two districts have already been working together as a single unit through training, response, and equipment purchasing, it makes sense for them to consolidate into a single district. Although only one of the district's taxpayers would benefit financially, it's better for these two districts to completely join forces to increase the benefit of emergency services to the people they protect. This has been foreseen by many in the area, and the fact that it may actually become a reality is enlightening. Maybe a trend will start out of this?
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    A sneak preview....what an awesome truck! Loving the specs and the new solid red paint scheme!
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    Date: 05/01/17 Time: 2120hrs Location: Route 218 at the "high point" District: Cornwall Battalion: 4 Channel: Weather: Units: Cornwall FD Car-1, R403, Cornwall EMS, V/Cornwall PD, T/Cornwall PD, Mobile Life EMS, West Point, City of Newburgh, 36-13, 36-1, OC Rope Rescue Team Writer: BFD1054 Description: Motorcycle down an embankment 2120hrs-OC911 alerting Cornwall for the MVA; reported motorcycle over the embankment and no longer visible. 2121hrs-Cornwall Car-1 en-route. 2123hrs-OC911 advising Air-2 checking on weather. - OC911 advising further information stating (2) riders down the embankment. 2124hrs-R403 responding. 2125hrs-CFD Car-1 on scene. 2126hrs-OC911 advising that all medevacs have declined due to weather. 2128hrs-CFD Car-1 on scene with (2) patients approximately 100 feet down the embankment. Cornwall starting a rope rescue from the high point. Command requesting West Point FD and the remainder of the OC Tech Rescue Team to set up at the low point. 2129hrs-CFD R403 on scene. - City of Newburgh Car-4 and the NFD Tech Rescue equipment en-route. 2130hrs-West Point acknowledging the run, Car-1 and the Tech Rescue Trailer en-route. 2136hrs-OC911 confirming with Command that he has Newburgh standing by at the Village line and West Point setting up at the low point. Port Jervis and Sparrowbush also were paged out as part of the OC Rope Rescue Team. Command advising they can stand down due to the response time. Port Jervis and Sparrowbush units in service. 2138hrs-Newburgh FD Car-4 and West Point Car-1 on scene. 2150hrs-OC911 conducting a status check. Command advising they are set-up and approximately 03 minutes from sending rescuers over. 2152hrs-36-13 on scene. 2202hrs-Command advising that rescuers are at the base, beginning to package the patients. 2203hrs-36-13 requesting Cornwall-on-Hudson FD on automatic response to all calls in Cornwall's district. 2225hrs-OC911 conducting a status check. Command advising that the 1st patient is being lifted. Link to Times Herald Record: http://www.recordonline.com/news/20170502/cornwall-firefighters-rescue-couple-on-storm-king-mountain-after-motorcycle-crash
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    He forgot to add that all these towns, villages, cities, districts ect. would not need nearly as many elected officials. That might be a key reason that this will never see a vote.
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    Los Angeles City is currently all tillers. They used various snorkel products (squirt, telesquirt, and snorkels in 50ft & 85ft) back in the 60's & 70's in addition to the tillers. Also LAFD occasionally demos other ladders and so far prefers their tillers. Los Angeles County is currently mostly tiller quints but have one or two front line rear mount quints. They have had an assortment of ladders types over the years with some coming from their acquisition of other fire districts.
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    From being an outsider", I have observed over 15 years now how they are very meticulous and take great pride in keeping the apparatus in the best shape. It's part of the culture. Even Engine 9, one of the busiest engine companies in the nation, spotlessly shines. Another truck I photographed almost 10 year ago and then again last month and I couldn't tell the difference of wear. It's true, they don't have to deal with the corrosive salt, deteriorated roadways, and rust, but I rarely see career departments (and some volunteer) in this area washing the motor, hand cleaning an aerial, waxing a truck, or even rinsing down apparatus when they are caked in salt in times other then with an annual inspection dinner coming up. Not only a pride thing, but also an important part of the maintenance of the truck. Additionally, the Engineer for the pumpers, and Apparatus Operator for the ladders, USAR's, and other specialty vehicles, is a promotional rank. So there is a person specifically charged with taking care of the rig on each shift, as opposed to it being an assignment for the day.
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    Just a friendly bump to remind people to "Like" posts. Why? Read the posts above.
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    Village of Mamaroneck 1972 Mack CF Engine 41 photo Glenn Vincent
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    ARTICLE: https://medium.com/homeland-security/just-hangin-out-why-do-firefighters-just-stand-around-at-fires-1ebbf31eba6b
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    I disagree with the conclusion that "the whole lower level is well involved" based on the fire showing from the garage and that the handline should have gone thru the garage first. If you look at the beginning of the first video, just before and after that engine arrives, there is fire burning around the garage doors, but there is no fire at the front door and no visible fire and limited smoke from the downstairs window to the right. The whole lower level is clearly not what I'd consider to be "well involved". To me, based on that assessment, the area of origin is more than likely the garage and actual fire does not appear to spread much yet. Smoke yes, fire not so much. Conditions on the upper floor seem like they could still be survivable for any occupants (not sure what the occupancy information they had was). Looking at the videos a few times, it kind of looked like the fire spread to the front door area may have been an exterior spread from the garage rather than the interior burning thru. While the garage certainly needs addressed, getting thru the garage doors is likely going to take a few minutes to do anything other than flow water from the driveway. As such, my first line would be hitting the visible fire from the garage and then attempting to make entry thru the front door in attempt to cut off the fire spread and protect the stairs for a quick search of the bedrooms over the garage. As manpower would allow, other personnel would simultaneously get to work on removal of the garage doors while the 2nd line supports that work (Ideally, you create an opening large enough to flow water thru in the one door to hold the fire in check some while working on removal of the other door.). Given how choppy the video editing is, it's hard to get a good sense of the timing of the obvious fire spread that occurs. So, it's hard to tell for sure if conditions would allow for sustained interior operations, but it might be long enough to at least make a quick search.
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    Fairfield Fire Department New Engine 2 Spartan/Marion Should be delivered in about 2 weeks time.
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    As someone who has a full time job on the nightshift and every weekend this has always been a problem for me. My department's drills are in the evening with no immediate plans to change that. They'd just rather b**** about the guys that don't make it. Best quote I ever read was from this forum. "For a service that requires 24/7 availability it sucks you have to work Monday through Friday 9-5 to be able to attend any trainings". Even state sponsored trainings in my area follow that schedule.
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    We never had much in the way of formal daytime drills, but in my old station if there were a bunch of members around during the day it was not unusual to hold a drill. We got a lot of pushback on that from members who worked during the day and felt that they were being denied the "right" to drill so those of us around in the day should not do drill reports or get any kind of credit for doing that drill. This was also briefly a problem when we were a combination department and there were occasional drills during the day for the career staff and any available volunteers. There was a certain volunteer element that felt these were somehow being used to avoid our weekly nighttime drills. I am a fan of drilling in any way possible and favor a combination of day and night drills, whenever possible. I applaud that department for figuring out a way around the problems their membership was having.
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    Seth, my FD rotates drills and truck checks every Sunday (morning) and Monday (evening). Like many VFD's, we have many members who work shift work. We try to accommodate this by adding weekday drills and truck checks (usually Tuesday or Thursday). It works well for us. Gives everyone a fair chance at keeping fresh on their training and our equipment.
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    Do they do this because they feel salty saying they, "beached their rig"?
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    I did. Engine 10 is a 2015 KME Severe Service Predator, one of the 34 KME "Triples" in their fleet. @pump305 correct me if I am wrong on the year. Engine 10 is in the Central Bureau division, 11th Battalion. It serves downtown Los Angeles, near the convention center along with it's housemates, Light Force 10, and RA (Rescue Ambulance) 10. This station responded to 5,358 EMS calls, 619 critical ALS calls, 1,313 non-EMS calls, and 45 structure fires in 2016.
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    I think Mr. Suarino's letter is excellent, and sheds light on the types of crap that has been going on for years in volunteer departments. Every department I've ever been a part of has had a select group of obstructionist old guys who haven't rode the rigs in 15 years that just love to make life difficult for officers and firefighters that are trying to get things done and move the agency forward.
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    Los Angeles County FD Reserve Engine 502 1991 Pierce Arrow
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    North White Plains FD recently refurbished their air and light trailer. This trailer is capable of filling an unlimited amount of SCBA bottles self-sufficiently, has a light tower for scene lighting, and electrical generation capabilities. It can be towed by Rescue 33, Utility 147, or Car 2322.
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    North White Plains FD New Car 2321 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Outfitted by Hudson Valley Fire Equipment In service as of 9-20-16 1700hrs
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    Hastings on Hudson Eng.3 a Seagrave Anniversary series Engine.
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    We're getting only 1 view from this fire... 1) first Due unit appears to be a ladder co. You can hear the outriggers setting up... 2) the first line appears to go through the rear of the building. Most homes like this on long island have a rear slider that is opposite the main stairs. You can see a significant change in smoke to steam in the basement before the front door is even open, so water was definitely on the fire. 3) I hate second guessing or making it seem like my way would be the right way, but being it early morning, looking at the smoke condition coming from the bedrooms above the garages (appears that the doors are closed, and the amount of fire in the living room and dining room and the obvious compromise of the stairs, If I was one of the two guys on the front patio, I probably would have VESed them. 4) the "hit it hard from the yard" idea... With the obvious amount of fire, and seeing that the living, dining room, kitchen, and stairwell are involved, that whole 80* through the window might work for a single room off, but for that much involvement you need to get to its source and attack it there. Period. And if my observation from note 2 is correct, then hihfty is not even an option.
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    Pine Island (Orange) seeking bids for a new tanker. Plattekill (Ulster) will soon be adding to their fleet, if they haven't already, a Pierce Arrow XT PUC rescue pumper that was a former demo model.
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    I have to say, they are some of the best taken care of apparatus I have ever seen, even their extremely busy companies take care of their trucks. It is impressive.
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    Heavy Rescue 56 is now HR3. The Pierce LAFD tillers all 7 of them have been returned to Pierce with a long list of issues. LAFD doesnt have 40 Truck co so that is incorrect. 10 year contract is true for now. LaCo Fire HM and USAR tractors are custom built for that use. You know the difference by the USAR tractor has a solid red bumper and 3 door cab. HM has a chrome bumper and a 4 door cab. 3 new HM and 1 USAR tractors are currently awaiting as one HM tractor is assigned to either HM 43 or 105. Most Duplex trucks are reserve status but.. very good rigs. LAFD also has an order with Pierce for new engine co's. Hope this helps.
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    Under the circumstances this is really BUSH LEAGUE