One thing I might suggest for a Quint is to have a pull out tool board in the full height compartmets aft of the pump ( spec to have the door open opposite, away from the pump, if it is a hinged door). Then you can mount all of your hose fittings and adapters right on the tool board within very close and easy reach for the pump operator. A six or eight foot step ladder is a must and/or a "Little Giant" adjustable step ladder. We have both and use them often. Our Quint has a hydraulic generator and we have a protable generator as well. After delivery we were able to measure a compartment and purchase a chest style tool box that fit perfectly and mount it to the compartment. Its drawers lock and do not slop around and we carry a host of hand tools and various things in it; works great. Another suggestion is to get the nozzle companies to come to your station to give you a demo for your master stream/tower operations nozzle options. As you know, many of them offer different kinds of capabilities and you will want to be sure to purchase the one that is right for you and your applications. As someone else had mentioned, NFPA publishes a guidline for basic equipment needs for various apparatus; we used the guideline for Quints as our baseline and it relly takes alot of the guess work out of it. Certainly this is a minimum type guideline, but it gives you a solid foundation to work from. I encourage you to reach out to your mutual aid ladder companies as well. See what resources they have and compare to what you have or are looking at and see where you can fill a void. Of course many of the items on your truck will be similar in nature, but in terms of specialized equipment, there is no sense duplicating services in a situation in which that resource may already be on scene or will be called. I definately suggest discussing this with your mutual aid partners and see what kinds of things will benefit them as much as you and vice versa.
Best of luck!
Dan Ryan said:
Good tips thanks,
Our ladder is not going to be as big as yours, we ordered a Sutphen SP-70, 70' platform on a single axle. We will be using this quint as our only ladder company and it will also be ALS capable. Our neighbors to the north and south have 100' platforms with a mutal aid agreement. We have 231 cubic feeet of comparment space.
Do you have a detailed equipment list that you could send me? if so, Ryan@bonitafire.org
We just got a new 75' Sutphen ladder and two of the changes that I would make is : Don't go with the raised roof as it cuts down how far you can lower the ladder over the cab, and I would put a ladder to the platform on the officer's side too. We are very happy with the truck lay out. We have a hyd. generator with tools, k 12 and vent saw, axees, halligan bars, pike poles, cribbing, air pack and spare bottles. PPV, 150' 1 3/4 high rise pack, 1000' of 5" hose 300' of 2 1/2 hose 600' of 1 3/4 hose and im sure there are a few other idem that I have missed