The Glendale (AZ) Fire Department has received the sixth E-ONE eMAX pumper of the half dozen it ordered late in 2017. The department previously had E-ONE build other eMAX pumpers for it, one in 2015 and two in 2016.
Wayne Smith, Glendale’s chief, says the department places a priority on maneuverability, compartment space, and operating costs, which is why it chose the E-ONE eMAX. “When we measured those priorities against what is on the market, the eMAX came out on top,” Smith says. “All nine of our eMAX pumpers are identical because as a metro-sized department we want consistency in training, maintenance and repair, and also for the amount of parts we have to keep on hand for replacement. We wanted standardization in our fleet for efficiency, where we only have to have one type of training for all our operators on pump training and driving.”
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Besides the nine eMAX engines in the Glendale fleet, Smith says the department has an adaptive response pumper for peak response, three aerial ladders, three ladder tenders, several Ford and GMC commercial chassis and cab tankers, a squad that serves as a regional urban search and rescue truck, two brush trucks, ambulances, and three battalion chief vehicles.
Mark Julien, sales representative at H&E Equipment Services, who sold the eMAX pumpers to Glendale, says each pumper is built on a Typhoon custom cab with a 12-inch vista roof, and seating for six firefighters. The eMAX is powered by a Cummins 450-horsepower ISL 9 diesel engine, and an Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission, has a wheelbase of 188 inches, an overall length of 32 feet 11 inches, and an overall height of 10 feet.
The rig has a Darley 1,500-gpm side-mount pump, a 500-gallon water tank, a 20-gallon foam cell, a FoamPro 2001 foam system, and an Akron Brass Hurricane manual deck gun.
Smith points out that each eMAX pumper has an extended 28-inch front bumper that carries a five-inch suction intake, 150 feet of 1¾-inch hoseline, and 200 feet of one-inch red line on a reel. “We have maneuverability issues in some of the trailer parks and RV parks in our area, and sometimes we can only pull straight in to the scene,” he says. “We used to have our one-inch red lines on reels in the dunnage area on our other side mount pumpers, but they were hard to get to in some situations, so with the eMAX pumpers we put the reel in the front bumper because it’s much safer to operate with it out in front.”
Smith says that Glendale also specified that its eMAX pumpers would have a 360-degree Brigade camera system; a David Clark five-person intercom system with headsets; and all LED lighting, which includes Whelen 900 LED scene lights, Whelen 900 LED emergency warning lights, Whelen 600 LED lower level emergency lighting, and Whelen 900 LED angled red and blue front bumper warning lights.
Each eMAX engine has a driver’s side walkway to get to the deck gun, Julien notes, coffin compartments on both sides on top of the rig, and carry 1,250 feet of four-inch hose, 150 feet of 1¾-inch dead lay hose, and two preconnects of 200 feet of 2½-inch, one foam capable, in the hosebed.
ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based journalist, the author of three novels and five nonfiction books, and a member of the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment editorial advisory board. He served 22 years with the Verdoy (NY) Fire Department, including in the position of chief.