Engine Companies are best summed up by "putting wet stuff on red stuff". The Engine Company is the primary unit responsible for fire suppression. These are the guys dragging lines off the rigs, and smelling out the fire (well not in the normal sense of smelling). The Engine Company is primarily equipped with 1 3/4 inch handlines, portable lights, axes, and prying tools. The heart of our Engine Company is our 1994 Pierce Saber. This lean machine carries 500 gallons of water, has 11 preconnects, more than 1700 feet of handlines, 2100 feet of supply line, and a full complement of fire fighting tools including hand tools, electric tools, and hydraulic tools. Also assisting with Engine Company operations is Tanker 35. The 2005 Pierce Saber/Contender has a 2,000 gallon tank, 1,250 gallon per minute pump, and is the heart of rural water supply operation--it brings the pond to the scene. In our area, hydrants are a luxury. Tanker 35 can transport water, pump water or supply water. It has a full complement of ventilation and power generation tools as well as forestry and brush fire fighting equipment.
The Truck Company or more notably 'the roof goofs' are responsible for controlling utilities, making building entry, and for coordinating ventilation to reduce heat and smoke conditions. The Truck Company also provides aerial operations that can include rescue, fire suppression, chimney operations, and exposure protection (keeping nearby dwellings from catching fire). If you've had a chimney fire--you've met our Truck Company. The beast of Truck Company is our 1992 Pierce Arrow 100’ aerial platform. This rig contains anything imaginable including ventilation tools, generators, cutting tools, cutting saws (metal and concrete), roof saws, 206 feet of ground ladders, 2,000 gallon per minute pump, 300 gallon water tank, 12,000 watt generator, salvage equipment, rope rescue equipment, and it's even equipped with hydraulic tools for vehicle rescue operations. So what does such a workhorse cost? Replacement costs are in the ballpark of $1.25M.