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New tender for LAC

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that's quite an interesting Water Tender For LACoFD.

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Yes, it can respond code 3 if requested. I pearsonaly would not want to drive this rig. No room in the cab and the way it sits a very rough ride. Cab over bad idea!

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Nice rig but shoulda been a International cab instead of a Peterbuilt.

 

Thats just me.

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It's only better than nothing if it works! Lots of issues with it so far. You can look at it and see its tail heavy.

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KME uploaded a small 60 sec vid on Youtube of the rig.  Nothing really informative in it.  Not really a walk a round tour.

 

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great looking rig. Cabover is a great idea, it shortens the length and great for visibility and 6x6 can almost go anywhere. 

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Howdy folks!

Now that i saw the YT video its not a bad idea fer a 6x6 rig especially in the rough terrain during brush fire season.

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Horrible design, 6X6 has been in use by LaCo fire for years now. The cab is a trash truck cab with no room inside. The foot print is close to the standard W/T in use. Turning radious will be rediculious. But... time will tell!

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Post made on the LA County Fire Dept Div 1 Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/LACOFDDIV1?fref=nf

 

LA County Fire Dept Div 1

Our New Water Tender, the Peterbilt 320

Comments such as “ugly,” “cracker box,” “weapon,” “Frankentender” have been used to describe the newest addition to the Department’s fire suppression arsenal. Like it or hate it, this KME-manufactured water tender has captured the attention of fire departments across the globe.

Although nothing too special for an all-wheel drive water tender from the pump panel back, it is anything but typical as you move forward.

The concept for this vehicle came while trying to resolve the challenges of the ever increasing size of commercial trucks.

Wheelbases (the distance between the front and rear axles) continue to increase and the demands of doing more with less are constant challenges to overcome whenever developing specifications for new emergency vehicles and apparatus.

And compound that with having the ability to support wildland fire suppression operations and traverse unpaved motorways with tight turns, switchbacks and steep hills, the challenges can sometimes appear overwhelming. So the Fleet Services Division had a few options.

We could just do what everyone else does and deal with it; we could back off on our requirements and expectations, or we can take a step back and attack the challenges head on. So when considering maneuverability, although there are several factors, wheelbase is everything.

Simply put, the shorter the wheelbase, the sharper the turning ability.

Taking all of this into consideration, enter the Peterbilt 320, which is a “cab forward” design, meaning the cab sits in front of the front wheels. Although this design is most commonly associated with your local refuse collection truck, after much study and testing it was determined to be the logical solution to the problem.

The “Pete 320″ provides a wheelbase nearly 24 inches shorter, with room to spare, than “conventional cab” water tenders with similar capacity. So this tender still carries 2,500 gallons of water and pumps over 500 gallons per minute to multiple sprayers and discharges.

But the shorter overall length and additional space on the truck frame not taken up by the conventional cab provided for additional compartments, two 300-foot hose reels and a front bumper extension with a remotely operated 200 GPM turret that gives this tender abilities unmatched by any other tender in its class.

Continuing with the Department adopted stepped frame chassis and an actual live fire testing of the cab performed with the assistance of Rush Truck Centers, Del Valle Training and the United States Forest Service, firefighter safety is considered to be excellent.

In the end, this is a knock-down/mop-up machine that packs a punch all by itself but can shuttle water, equipment and supplies to the front line keeping suppression operations flowing.

 

 

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Its easy to say how wonderful a new piece of appartus is or cutting edge over the rest when it hasn't hit the streets yet. Lets wait and see how it performs on its first fire or two when its on a hill and tight turns. ?????

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Looking for technical info on Foam 10. Such as Foam capacity etc.

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It is assigned to Fire Station 128. WT128. 28450 Whites Cyn. Rd. Santa Clarita, CA 91351

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FOAM 10 INFORMATION

CHASSIS
International 7600 CBA 6 x 4 Chassis, 2 Door

DRIVETRAIN
MF13 430 hp Engine
Eaton Fuller 10 Speed Transmission

PUMP & TANK
Hale 8 FG 2000 GPM Single Stage Pump
Discharges: (DS) 4" & 2 1/2", (OS) 4" & 2 1/2", Rear: (2) 2 1/2", 4" Deck Gun, (2) 1 3/4" Transverse
2000 Foam Poly Wetside Painted Tank
FoamPro AccuMax 3090 HYD Class "A and/or B" Foam System
Williams Fire - Gorilla 500 lbs. of Purple-K System
Williams Fire Hydro-Chem Self-Educting Foam Master Stream Nozzle
Top Mount Pump Module

BODY
TA Wetside LX Tanker Hinged w/Rear Compartment Module Constructed of 12 GA Galvanneal
Over Wheel Compartmentation
(4) SCBA Bottle Storage Compartments
94" Wide x 8" Deep Hosebed, Wetside Tankers

ELECTRICAL
Diamond Logic Multiplex Electrical System

DIMENSIONS
Overall Height: 125"
Overall Length: 375"
Wheelbase: 228"

Edited by JNP

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It is a Water Tender and I notice that 128 has a Water Tender meaning that there is an additional Water Tender for the Santa Clarita Valley.

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The technical info that JNP posted was about new Foam 10 assigned in Carson.

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St 128 has always had a water tender. Just an older one meaning old 73. So the new Peterbilt is only a replacment.

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I believe WT128 (old one) went back to 73's, and is now WT73

Edited by JNP

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