New Engine-Tanker in Production at Pierce
By Mechanicsville Volunteers
July 11, 2019

1/29/2019: Over the last 3 months, the Apparatus committee has been hard at work laying out a specification list for a new Engine Tanker. The committee worked diligently to design a piece of equipment that could operate as both an engine and a tanker as the unit will run as both regularly.

A couple of the key design points are listed below:

• Enforcer 60” cab and chassis with 10” raised roof and seating for 6
• Detroit Diesel DD13 engine
• Allison EVS 4500 transmission
• Pierce high performance air conditioning system
• Firetech Hi Viz 12volt LED headlights and scene lighting
• Whelen LED emergency lighting package
• 2000 gallon water tank with low rear hose bed
• Pierce stainless steel pumper tanker body
• Zico folding tank rack with Husky “skinny” folding tank
• Hale QMAX 1250 GPM fire pump
• Rear and side dumps
• Front intake with swivel
• Pierce custom graphics
• 208.5” wheelbase
• Overall length 35’ 2.5”

7/12/2019: This week, our new apparatus began production with the cab in fabrication. Next week, expect cab to move to paint process. Soon, expect body to begin fabrication and chassis to be scheduled for frame-up.


Johnny Bryant February 11, 2019 at 3:41 AM
What Unit is This Rig going to Be? Congratulations!

Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department February 13, 2019 at 12:22 PM
The Committee voted for “ENGINE 2 TANKER” on the mud flap. Also, the sides on the white reflective striping will be lettered “ENGINE TANKER 24”. The MD State tag will say E-024. The radio call sign in St. Mary’s County is TBD. St. Mary’s County fire companies use inconsistent designators for engine-tankers such as Engine 14, Tanker 34 (aka Tanker 3), Engine 44, Engine 54, Engine 63, Tanker 74 and Engine 92. Our current Engine 24 marks up as “Engine 24” and occasionally “Tanker 24” in radio calls. The consistency is also lacking in Charles County since they refer to all fire apparatus with water tanks 2000 gallons or more as Tankers even when they are NFPA 1901 compliant engines. There is a big potential difference in fire ground assignments for a 3000 gallon 2 man crew unit and a 2000+ gallon 6 man crew unit. The good news is the consistency in single digit tanker designations in St. Mary’s. If it is designated as a tanker with a single digit, it is a 3000 gallon tanker with a crew of 2 – Tanker 2, Tanker 4 and Tanker 5.