DAVID'S FIRE EQUIPMENT
FLATBED STYLE WILDLAND FIRE BODIES
This style of truck is built on the one ton and "Super Duty" chassis of your choice. It is best suited for the dedicated purpose of fighting grass fires but can carry quite a bit of equipment to back up additional operations or act as a vehicular rescue truck. Fire Departments usually purchase flatbed style wildland units for the following benefits:
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Here are just some of the features that set our Wildland trucks apart from the competition! (Click on the feature for more detail.)
There are many ways to save money when building fire apparatus and not all of them are good. Some methods only help the builder and hurt the customer. We have chosen a different route. The entire apparatus is designed to be able to build efficiently where it will benefit our customers and the bottom line. If something might save us on the bottom line but will adversely affect the quality of the apparatus, it will not even be considered. Our philosophy is to save the customer money in every way possible without affecting the quality of the final product.
Further, since we use only stainless steel nuts, bolts and screws, we will not be wasting your time and our time replacing rusted fasteners on units under warranty. By only using the highest quality wiring products and best practice wiring methods, we can avoid the frustrating electrical problems that plague some customers.
Regarding welding, we subscribe to the old adage, "It takes less time to do it right the first time than to redo it." Consequently, all welds are performed by a certified welder.
Structural Steel Body
We have chosen to build with structural steel for the entire flatbed structure. The use of higher cost aluminum is reserved for the added options. This allows us to fabricate an extremely strong flatbed body that is dimensionally smaller than it would be to get the identical strength out of aluminum structural shapes.
Since the water tank is not protected from the sun on wildland apparatus, the plastic used in building the tank is UV stabilized to ensure a pleasing appearance and maximum performance for the life of the apparatus.
A panel at the rear of the tank is translucent from the top to the bottom to allow the operator to instantly see how much water is available. This type of tank gauge will never let you down and will never require replacement bulbs.
CET Fire Pump
250 GPM @ 50 PSI
The engine is a Honda 18 horsepower model with electric start and recoil backup. A marine style fuel tank supplies enough fuel for extended operations and is detachable so additional tanks can be filled and ready when needed.
An exhaust primer is integral with the pump and is capable of and guaranteed to be capable of a 20 foot lift.
This pump has always been one of our best sellers We have found it to be very reliable due to the Honda engine. The wide range of capabilities makes it a great fit for almost any fire ground requirement one can expect from a portable pump.
PPG Paint With Seven Year Warranty
The entire flatbed body structure is sandblasted to a white finish and then immediately primer painted. Then, the body is finish painted to PPG guidelines.
Even though we follow PPG guidelines to the "T" and use the best quality supplied in the preparation and painting process, problems might still occur. In fact, Murphy's Law is more at home in the fire service than any other occupation we are aware of. This is when the value of the PPG 7 year warranty really can be appreciated. No matter where you live, there is bound to be a PPG authorized warranty repair center nearby. Your truck can be repaired locally, saving on down time and travel.
Don't see something you really want on YOUR rig? Give us a shout. We will try to work with you so that the truck you buy is matched to your needs.
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