Squads are essentially large tool boxes, which carry many specialized tools for rescue and fire suppression.
Many people are familiar with one piece of equipment carried on rescue squads: the Hurst Tool. This is a hydraulic rescue tool used to free people trapped in auto accidents.
In addition to the rescue equipment, rescue squads also carry much of the same fire suppression and forcible entry tools that a truck company does. On fire calls, the rescue
squads function much like a truck company without an aerial ladder. The minimum manning personnel is a squad operator and
vehicle rescue technician. CARS operates three heavy rescue squad trucks.
Squad 134 is the primary extrication truck for the following types of incidents:
Squad 134 is also the back-up unit to tow the collapse trailer when Squad 135 is not available. Only Squad Operator-IIIís are allowed to tow trailers using squad trucks. We took delivery of Squad 134 March 12th, 1998.
- Any squad response when vehicle weight is a problem.
- Any off-road squad response.
- All aircraft incidents.
- When road conditions necessitate a 4-wheel drive squad.
- All incidents that a squad response is due on other than those listed for Squad 133.
- All motor vehicle accidents when Squad 133 is out-of-service.
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- Chassis - 1996 International DT 4800 series w/ 4-wheel drive
- Engine - International DT 466 turbocharged diesel 250 hp/2300 rpm 660 ft lbs torque at 1500 rpm
- Transmission - Allison MT 643 4-speed automatic
- Axles - 12,000 front, 23,000 rear w/ locking differential
- 50 gallon fuel tank
- 35,000 GVWR, 20,000 EVW
- Box - 1998 Pierce 13.5' HDR w/ 7 roll-up compartments
- Lighting package is NFPA compliant, all emergency lights are manufactured by Wheelen, siren is a Federal Q-2B
- 15' Wil-Burt light tower
- The rear compartment houses all of the Hurst hydraulic gear w/ dual reels to a simul-pump and pre-connected to a
Model 32a spreader tool and a Model-O cutter
- Garmin GPS III global positioning system
- 15 Kw Hydra-Gen generator
- 7.5 Kw of fixed lights, 2 - 250' electric reels & junction boxes
- 3 Kw of portable lights
- 5 Kw Honda Portable generator
- 12,000 lb. winch on front
- Cribbing: 4x4's = 104 (yellow handles)
- Cribbing: 2x6's = 16 (green handles)
- Cribbing: wedges = 24 (black handles)
- 2 SCBA/SABA Packs & 4 spare air bottles
- Complete set of hand tools and wrenches
- Complete set of 1/2", 3/8", & 5/16" rated chains
- High and medium pressure Vetter airbags
- 1-battery, 1-gasoline and 1-24v Sawzalls
- Total Cost = $210,000
The committee that was charged w/ the design of this unit was made up of the following members:
- Bob Jaskiewicz - Chairperson
- John Burruss
- Pete Davidson
- Benjamin Sojka
- Landon Harris
- William Spencer
- Ty Hoeffer
To see pictures from the pre-paint inspection, click here .
To see pictures from the delivery inspection, click here.
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