1998 Spartan Saulsbury Pumpers
In August 1996 a committee was appointed to replace two of the fire company’s pumpers. The committee spent many hours looking at demonstrators from different manufacturers, writing specifications and requesting bids. In September of 1997 the fire company voted to purchase two Spartan Saulsbury pumpers. Both pumpers were delivered to Bel Air in June of 1998.
The pumpers were equipped with the following: Detroit Diesel Series 60 500 HP engines, Allison 4000 EVS 5 speed transmissions, Hale QMAX Single Stage 1500 GPM pumps, 750 gallon booster tanks, 50 gallon foam tanks, Feecon AP-2 around the pump foam systems, Harrison PTO-driven 10 KW hydraulic generators, Elkhardt electrically operated valves, 1000 GPM pre-piped monitors above the pump panel that could be made portable, RUDD automatic snow chains, hose beds that contained 1200 feet of 5 inch hose, 400 feet of 3 inch hose, one 150 foot 1 ¾ preconnect, two 200 foot 1 ¾ preconnects, and one 250 foot 1 ¾ preconnect and a 100 foot 1 ¾ front bumper preconnect. In addition the pumpers had double high side compartments, and hydraulic ladder racks containing an aluminum 3 section 35 foot extension ladder, an aluminum 14 foot roof ladder and a 10 foot folding ladder. The standard full complement of tools, hooks, extinguishers, smoke ejectors, hand lights and appliances per NFPA Standards were also carried.
The pumpers were also equipped as squads for a portion of their service life and carried an AMKUS 220V HRT system and a full complement of AMKUS hydraulic rescue tools and other rescue equipment.
Both units were placed in service on July 4, 1998 and both responded to their first alarms that day to the Bel Air Town Center for an automatic alarm. The units are due to be placed out of service in 2015. Their replacement units are two 2014 Pierce Enforcer Rescue-Engines.