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Some Apparatus Photos From My Recent Los Angeles Trip

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Next up is LA City FD's Fast Response 20, a 2015 Ram 5500 4x4.  It's a Brush Truck, Paramedic Flycar, and a manpower squad rolled up into one.  It operates during peak times. Read more about this unique unit:  http://www.lafd.org/news/lafd-unveils-innovative-fast-response-vehicles

 

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Just today I was speaking to another 'ex/retired' firefighter who wondered who was better Pierce or Seagrave.  I thought they were about equal but generally better than the rest.  You see a lot of posts critical of various apparatus makers and the lack of quality in their products. Are there too few manufacturers for the demand and therefore less quality control in order to keep up with that demand?

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I wouldn't say there are too few. The issue seems to be everyone trying to cut corners to make profit. It seems that the quality of materials is a huge issue. Whether it is overflow tanks on radiators, radiators not made completely of metal. wiring harnesses that have a lower gauge of wire, window regulators that are inferior and don't even start me with the Cummins motor issues. In a recent purchase lack of quality control and employees doing what they were supposed to do. The last purchase involved a multiple truck order and wiring runs were different, grommets not placed holes, some siliconed, some left open. It was a lot of little issues due to volume of trucks being produced and new employees not up to par. The manufacturers have let the older employees retire or leave and when business started to turn around they have been slow to bring on employees and their is no apprenticeship to teach the right way it should be done. ALL OF THE MANUFACTURERS have issues. We had more little issues on our pumpers than or aerial, the aerial guys have been there much longer and were a great group of guys, aerials are a promotion from the engine work it seems, they still have the right attitude and work ethic. Sorry, off my soapbox now.

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Seth - just curious - are the tiller drawn apparatus interchangeable 0 ie: can they pull a tractor and replace it with a spare - keeping the unit in service while a tractor is in the shop?  Also - there are some obvious differences in the Tractor for the TDA and for the USAR - would they be otherwise interchangeable other than the cabinetry?

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7 hours ago, wcr20 said:

Seth - just curious - are the tiller drawn apparatus interchangeable 0 ie: can they pull a tractor and replace it with a spare - keeping the unit in service while a tractor is in the shop?  Also - there are some obvious differences in the Tractor for the TDA and for the USAR - would they be otherwise interchangeable other than the cabinetry?

 

It depends. As far as LAFD and LACoFD goes, for Tillers, they can change them out if they need to, accident replacement, upgrade to a new tractor, etc. However, they generally like to keep the same tractor and trailer together as one unit.

 

As far as the USAR and HazMat trailers, it used to be a Freightliner tractor, and the trailers were interchangeable. The new tractors, for the USAR and HazMat units of LACoFD, I believe are designed to work with that specific customized tractor.  Theoretically, you ou can interchange the tractor if needed,  or use any type of truck that has a 5th wheel to pull it technically. 

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Los Angeles Fire Department

EVOC-Driver Training Engine

1996 Seagrave

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Los Angeles Fire Department
Truck 33
1998 Simon Duplex/LTI 100' TDA

 

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4 hours ago, x635 said:

Los Angeles Fire Department
Truck 33
1998 Simon Duplex/LTI 100' TDA

 

Them Simon Duplex LTI's still going strong out on the west coast 

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On ‎4‎/‎8‎/‎2017 at 3:32 PM, vodoly said:

Them Simon Duplex LTI's still going strong out on the west coast 

 

Yup. 19 years old that truck, and in immaculate shape. Being replaced with a Pierce TDA at some point this year (timeline described in an above post), and most likely will be assigned for training or a spare, if not going to another station as a first due.

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On 4/9/2017 at 7:53 PM, x635 said:

 

Yup. 19 years old that truck, and in immaculate shape. Being replaced with a Pierce TDA at some point this year (timeline described in an above post), and most likely will be assigned for training or a spare, if not going to another station as a first due.

Makes it easier when they don't have to face the winter or the notoriously deplorable road conditions of the American northeast!

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Los Angeles County Fire Department

Lifeguard Division

LG271

2017 Toyota Tacoma

 

This unit, most of them actually, are provided by Toyota in exchange for the exposure it gets on the beach.

 

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Beverly Hills Fire Department
Paramedic Rescue 2
2016 Freightliner M2/Braun Northwest
 
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14 hours ago, x635 said:
Beverly Hills Fire Department
Paramedic Rescue 2
2016 Freightliner M2/Braun Northwest

 

is this a remount??

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On ‎4‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 9:22 PM, x635 said:

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.

 

 

It's getting rare enough to see a "clean" rig in this area anymore, never mind one in that kind of shape.   I remember one of the guys on the model board (Mike Quinn, maybe?) commenting on a pic he posted that they had to wait a half hour beyond the daily training to be completed because the crew wanted to "wipe down" the rig before they posed it.   I certainly wouldn't have objected to that.   Would LOVE to shoot rigs that look that good!   

 

That having been said, did you get any of LAFD's newer KME engines?  

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10 hours ago, x635 said:

 

I, at first, assumed it was a new Lifeline, since I thought they were the only manufacturer that still made a slant side box. and it looks very similar. I am not 100% sure, but as far is I know, the box is custom built new by Braun Northwest. It looks similar to the slant side currently produced by Lifeline.  Braun discontinued theirs several years ago. Braun Northwest-Northstar Emergency Vehicles is a separate company then Braun, and is popular in the Pacific Northwest and parts of California.

 

I do know that Braun Northwest was awarded a bid for the ambulance above in the amount of $303,000. It will serve 7 years as a frontline ambulance, and 7 years as a reserve.

 

 

ok thanx for the info. just odd seeing a huge cab on a small box.

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Seems virtually (if not every) picture I see of an LA ladder company is a tiller. Do they run anything else? Any tower ladders, rear mounts or straight sticks?

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LAFD "Plug Buggy"

2017 Ram 3500 4x4

 

"Plug Buggy" is basically a utility for the station, and serves a variety of purposes.

 

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