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x635

Los Angeles City FD New Heavy Rescue 56 (Really Cool Rotator)

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Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Did I mention awesome?

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For more than 130 years, your ‪#‎LosAngeles‬ ‪#‎FireDepartment‬ has been called to often dramatic and challenging rescues. Since 1948, the LAFD has maintained in service, a series of Heavy Utility / Heavy Rescue vehicles designed to expertly manage uncommon scenarios at which life, property and the environment hang in the balance.

 

Built to LAFD specification and resembling heavy-duty tow trucks built on Kenworth, Mack, Crown and now Peterbilt chassis, they have been a constant part of our fleet, seeing around-the-clock citywide emergency service for nearly 70 years................

 

 

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Nice piece of equipment out there bet it ran them a good 500 grand?

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Vincent's towing in Mamaroneck has one of these (and several other heavy wreckers) and operators who are trained how to use it. 

They are on call 24/7 for I-95 by the Thruway Authority. 

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Tummino's  & Manhattan Towing in Ridgefield Park for heavy duty wreckers with rotators  handle  our area highways Tummino's has a website.   Tumminostowing.com

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Here's a photo of the old Heavy Rescue 56 that I took in 2003:


hr56.jpg

 

And another:

 

hr561.jpg

 

 

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On ‎5‎/‎11‎/‎2016 at 6:35 PM, vodoly said:

Tummino's  & Manhattan Towing in Ridgefield Park for heavy duty wreckers with rotators  handle  our area highways Tummino's has a website.   Tumminostowing.com

It should be http://www.tuminostowing.com/ with only one m in it.

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These are certainly cool trucks, and they can do a lot. However I wonder just how busy they are? Do the runs justify having them in the fleet? Are they ever used (even internally) for towing, since they are essentially heavy duty wreckers?

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10 hours ago, AFS1970 said:

These are certainly cool trucks, and they can do a lot. However I wonder just how busy they are? Do the runs justify having them in the fleet? Are they ever used (even internally) for towing, since they are essentially heavy duty wreckers?

You would need  a huge fleet to justify the expense. It is more cost effective to have a list of local tow operators with the equipment and offer to train with them. 

At the end of the day its just like any other piece of equipment. Once you get past the initial purchase, you have to constantly train to remain proficient. In this case it may be best to rely on the commercial operators who use the equipment everyday. 

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On 5/15/2016 at 9:48 AM, SOUSGT said:

At the end of the day its just like any other piece of equipment. Once you get past the initial purchase, you have to constantly train to remain proficient.

 

This statement is truer by 10 fold for specialized equipment.  Whether it's a heavy rescue rotator, ARFF, a tower ladder with an articulating boom, a chemical truck (purple K unit or such), or any thing else that's not an ordinary piece of equipment (by ordinary I mean engines, ladders, and rescues).  Specialized equipment is built for a special purpose, which requires specific training for the apparatus and it's operation, and specific training on the equipment it carries for the very specific role that it plays on the scene.  The alliteration of the word "specific" is excruciatingly important due to the fact that some pieces of apparatus are designed and built for one very reason.  I can speak on behalf of ARFF apparatus, which is designed to respond and spray foam with 3 minutes of a crash...It takes a lot of training to remain proficient with the operation of the vehicle, the location of certain buttons and switches, where important equipment is located, and usage of the correct equipment for particular situations.

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