I work in an area of Atlanta that has large, and I mean LARGE homes with some driveways extending over 1500 feet from the road. The houses range from 5,000 to 30,000 sq. feet. Some of the driveways have bridges that cross over creeks or culverts but were not built to handle fire apparatus. the driveways are too small for our regular apparatus. We are beginning the process of designing a vehicle to address these structures.
There are several tactical scenarios which need to be addressed.
- enough hose for the hose lay
- enough water for supply
- enough attack lines
- enough pressure to support master streams if needed
- enough equipment to begin critical tasks
I would like to get your ideas about how we can accomplish these tasks with one apparatus.
As most of you know, as the first attack line goes, so goes the fire. If we screw up the first line we'll never recover and we'll lose the structure. We've looked at a Manifold Truck F-550 chasis. I'm sure there are other configurations that will work just as well.
Thanks for your input.