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MVFD Newsletter

New Engine-Tanker in Production at Pierce
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By Mechanicsville Volunteers
September 27, 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”

Production Progress Reports

7/12/2019: This week our new Engine-Tanker began production with the cab in fabrication. Next week expect the cab to move to paint process. Expect the beginning of body fabrication soon.

7/19/2019: This week, our new Engine-Tanker's cab moved to paint process. Next week, expect cab to move through paint
process and body to begin fabrication.

7/26/2019: This week, our new Engine-Tanker's cab was moving through paint process. Next week, expect cab to complete paint process and be scheduled for cab assembly and body to begin fabrication.

8/2/2019: This week, our new Engine-Tanker's cab completed the paint process and was scheduled for cab assembly while the pump module and body were being assembled. Next week, expect cab to move to cab assembly, chassis to be in frame-up and body to complete assembly

8/9/2019: This week, our new Engine-Tanker's cab was moving through cab assembly while the chassis completed frame-up and moved to chassis line for drivetrain. Next week, expect the cab to complete assembly and be mounted on chassis and body to move through paint process.

8/16/19: This week, our new Engine-Tanker's cab completed cab assembly and was mounted on your chassis while your body was completing paint process. Next week, expect body and tank to be mounted on chassis.

8/23/19: This week, our new Engine-Tanker's body and tank were mounted on your chassis. Next week, expect progress to continue with installation of additional wiring, plumbing, trim and other components. Additionally, committee members conducted a midpoint inspection of the apparatus on August 22nd and 23rd.

8/30/19: This week, progress continued on our new Engine-Tanker with installation of additional wiring, plumbing, trim
and other components. Next week, expect similar type work to continue followed by testing.

9/6/19: This week, progress continued on our new Engine-Tanker with installation of additional wiring, plumbing, shelving, trim and other components. Next week, expect similar type work to continue followed by testing.

9/13/19: This week, progress continued on our new Engine-Tanker with installation of additional wiring, plumbing, shelving, trim and other components. Next week, expect truck to move through testing and follow-up as final product evaluation begins.

9/27/19: This week, testing and follow-up items were being addressed as your new apparatus was moving through final product evaluation. Next week, expect follow-up work to continue as truck is prepped for final inspection.


Comment Comment 4 Comment(s)

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.


Nathan October 03, 2019 at 7:35 AM
Where is it being made at? Nice rig


Mechanicsville VFD October 03, 2019 at 7:39 AM
Pierce Manufacturing in Wisconsin.



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