One of the newer pieces of equipment in the LAFD's inventory is this Heavy Rescue Apparatus. This is the first such Heavy Rescue vehicle purchased by the Los Angeles Fire Department in 21 years. Previously referred to as a "Heavy Utility", this highly specialized vehicle and well trained crew perform a myriad of functions. Of unique design, this rig responds to a wide variety of emergencies such as the complex extrication of victims from traffic collisions, industrial machinery entrapment, collapsed structures or other scenarios that require precision cutting, spreading, disassembly or heavy lift capability. The Heavy Rescue also responds as support and supplementary staffing with the LAFD's three intra-jurisdictional Urban Search and Rescue Teams for intricate technical rescue situations. The Apparatus Operator and Firefighter III assigned to the Heavy Rescue perform double duty by also addressing minor mechanical maladies that effect both heavy and light vehicles within the Department's 934 vehicle fleet. The combination of this talented crew and this new equipment gives the LAFD greater capability to manage the "Heavy" work that the normal fire apparatus is unable to do.

For you "stats" buffs, here are some specifications:

Unit ID - Heavy Rescue 56
Assignment - Fire Station 56, 2759 Rowena Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039
LAFD Shop Number - 60474
License Plate - E024086
Make - Peterbilt
Model - 377 A/E Conventional
Year - 1995
Cab Length - 120 inches
Construction - Cab-Aluminum/Hood-Fiberglass
Frame resistance bending motion - 4,167,000 inch lbs each frame
Front Axle - Rockwell Model FL-941
Front Axle Rating - 20,000 lbs
Front Suspension - Peterbilt, Split Progressive Springs
Power Steering - Ross Model TAS-85
Rear axle - Rockwell, Model RT-46160
Rear Axle Rating - 46,000 lbs
Rear Suspension - Peterbilt, Air Leaf/Trac
Unladen Weight - 48,500 lbs: 17,640 (Front) / 30,670 (Rear)
Tire size - 315-80R22.5 (Front) / 12:00R22.5 (Rear)
Fuel Tank Capacity - 67 gals
Fuel Type - Diesel
Engine - Cummins N14-460E
Horsepower - 460@1700 rpm
Engine Serial Number - 11752864
Transmission - Fuller Model RTLO-16618A (18 forward and 4 reverse)
Wrecker Body - Century, Model 1040S
Boom capacity - 80,000 lbs
Winch motor capacity - 45,000 lbs
Cables - 5/8 inch x 300 ft, 6 x 25 Ex Ex Improved Plow Steel IWRC
Cable Breaking Strength - 49,700 lbs
Cable Working Strength - 14,200 lbs
Underlift - Century Super Duty
Underlift Tow Rating - 80,000 lbs
Compressor - Sullair, Model 352XSAHX-W5XD under deck mount, 170 cfm@125psig

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