Fire & Rescue
Changes in progress
conversion of E-2 and T-5
Engine 2 entered service in 1985
and it is now time for a replacement in order
for us to continue having our excellent
I. S. O.
rating we now enjoy. As now it is required
to have firefighters riding on trucks to be in a
enclosed cab resale value of the unit is not
good. As the chassis is in good condition it was
decided to convert the truck into a tanker after
we receive and put into service the new engine.
Tanker 5 entered service in 1977 and has some
major rust problems
in the tank and cab area.
More on this when we reach that point in the
Engine 2 and Tanker 5
First step was planning included
were visits to various area departments that had
purchased trucks similar to what we wanted, demo
units from selected vendors not only the fire
equipment but also chassis dealers. This process
about 18 months to complete. We narrowed
down the list of vendors of the fire equipment
to two vendors in
Wisconsin that we felt would
met our needs then they supplied us with
preliminary drawings and specifications these
were combined into one master set of
specifications that were sent back to vendors
for bidding. At the bid opening
the contract was
awarded to Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton WI.
arrived at Pierce in early Aug. first steps are
to add additional wiring and controls in the
truck cab, also replacement of the truck seats
with so that the officers seat will be equipped
with SCBA, also the front bumper has
removed as this area will be extended to
accommodate a discharge fitting for a trash fire
line. About 8 months
has elapsed as the contact
was let on Jan 10 2013.
We are job # 26722
Chassis now painted the correct
color and the front bumper extension area for
the trash line is added. All trim for the
still not installed this will happen later.
A shot of the bare chassis
after repaint process was completed notice just
ahead of the rear tires newly added support
structure for the fire body. Sitting on the rear
frame rails a step or running board ready for
mounting. Taped to the rear of the truck cab a
copy of the master blueprint that is referred to
This module is the crew
cab box it is mounted individually from the
truck cab and the fire body this allows for
movement by "frame flex" which may make a crack
in the body.
This is a interior shot of
the crew cab facing forward the opening
corresponds with the truck cab rear window which
is removed allowing conservation
between both areas while in route to a call.
Opening in the lower right hand side of
photo is for 2 "cross-lay" hose lines they are
installed with removable poly trays so the
reloading of the hose can
be done easier.
This will be attached to
the crew cab rear it will house all the pump
controls. Windows on all sides and the rear
the pump operator a good view of the fire
scene. The pass-through window offers a view to
the front of the truck.
This gives to the
operator a good over-all view of the fire scene.
A inspection trip was done by
department members on 9/16/13 this is about
midpoint in the construction process.
The inspection process went over
a list of about 300 different items. Of the 300
items about 44 were tagged for
clarification or modification, the inspection
process took about 9 hours to complete.
A shot of drivers side.
The other side we will have a
fold down ladder this will add much needed
Pump at the passenger side with
the inspection panel removed.
Pump operators panel photo taken
from truck cab through the pass-through window
Rear view a better shot of the
ladder rack and now required the rear reflective
Part of the ladder lift control
The trucks are moved in a sort of
"assembly line" fashion different task are done
at each station. Normally the trucks are
not started up for the move this is placed
behind the rear wheel and it pushes the truck
Radio and siren heads installed
on cab console which has storage for our
reference books also.
Here we see some of the slide out
tool boards on the passenger side of the truck.
A closer look at 2 more slide out
Truck is now in the final
assembly "Check Out" area still need painting
and striping installed. Most of the work is done
at this stage what is left is lettering and
touch-up items, and clean-up for final
Also in "Check Out" next to our
truck on the left is a new truck for Evansville
Fire Department. This is a rare
occasion as we
work closely with Evansville Fire and having
both units next to each other at a place where
they build units for all over the world is a rare event! This is a
once in a lifetime happening.
Nearly completed truck being
backed in to "The Blue Floor Area" for the
pre-delivery inspection on Oct 14. At this
the truck is mostly complete but short a few
items, and some minor touch-up items were noted
and will be corrected before acceptance.
Department committee members
viewing some of units being checked out
that day. Approximately 15 different
on the "Blue Floor" that day. The units ranged
from basic pumper trucks such as ours to a combo
Fire/Police mobile command center for Fremont
CA. That unit had about 5 miles of
communications wiring with
all the radio,
computer, weather station video surveillance
cameras, about 6-8 different flat screen TV
monitors of various sizes and a complete
satellite uplink system. Trucks were slated for
delivery to California, New Jersey,
Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas just to name a few.
This day the majority of the units were either
or elevated platform trucks well
over 1/2 of them of those types.
Later in the day the " Blue
Floor" area with some of the units now out for
road testing. This is done to with
members present to verify that the truck will
perform as the bidding process was written for.
In addition latter they will be given a "UL
Lab's" certification test of the fire fighting
portion of the trucks before final delivery.
Center of the picture on the cart is one of the
Tablet Workstations used by the vendor/dealer
for each unit being processed that day, any
thing that needs attention is then photographed
with the tablet then additional noted written
about the photo and transmitted via the in house
network to the proper department to process the
To the rear of the truck is
Jason Krueger our contact for Reliant Fire.
Pierce has a in-house art
department and they did a great job of making a
new logo of our village signature monument
the lake entrance.
New pumper now in Monticello driven back by
department members on 10/26/13. So now our work
is just starting
for the department members.
Members will be installing equipment on the new
truck, over 40 different tool holders need to be
equipment from Old Engine 2 and
Engine 1 need to be relocated and balanced to
reflect the addition of the new
retirement of the old truck.
Here we are in the process of mounting some of
the equipment members worked on the placement
all day Saturday 10/26/13 and got about 40% of
the task completed. Guy's took a break at noon
when this photo was taken. The placement
of equipment require some "trial & error" method
of placement of equipment. Shelf's need to be
for height some times things will not
fit so another location is then sought. Goal is
to keep placement of equipment as close as
possible to other engine so members are more
familiar with items locations. Approximately
another 2 or 3
day's will be required to
complete this task.
Engine 1 Now in Service
Members worked on final steps of
loading hose, equipment on Engine 1 and removing
items from "Old Engine 2" so
it may be taking to Marshfield
WI. for conversion into a tanker to replace "old
Tanker-5" . This was done on Saturday Nov. 2 the
following morning Engine -1 made it's "First
Run" for a active fire alarm in the village.
Below a photo of Engine 1 on a MABAS call to
Monroe, we were assigned to supply water to
Freeport IL. aerial Ladder truck at this call.
Click on me for conversion
of old E-2 into T-5