The rig is built on an 8420 Velocity® Chassis with a 26-foot-long, 11 foot 1 inch high, walk-in heavy-duty rescue body, it is powered by a Cummins ISX15 600 horsepower diesel engine connected to an Allison 4000EVS automatic transmission. Some of the safety features the rig is equipped with are a TAK-4® Independent Front Suspension system, side roll protection system airbags, frontal airbags, and an electronic stability control system.
The enclosed cab can seat up to six personnel, including the driver, the large raised roof crew section of the cab has four PS® Seats, with Pierce’s hands-free SCBA brackets, for first responders to be safely secured while traveling to the scene.
The truck has various hitch points located throughout the exterior of the truck that can be utilized for rope rescues, mono or bi pod anchors, stabilization securing points, etc…
There is an onboard six bottle 6000 psi breathing air cascade system with booster pump for refilling air pack bottles on scene. The extended front bumper has a compartment equipped with Holmatro hydraulic rescue tools and built in hose reels to power the tools.
Fire & Safety Services Ltd out of South Plainfield, New Jersey was the dealer that handled the sales of the truck. They were instrumental in the design phase and after receiving the truck from Pierce Manufacturing, Fire & Safety’s inhouse fabricator, Tucker Harding, designed and installed custom tool mountings in the cabinets for the Squad’s existing equipment.
Once on scene, some of the equipment that can be put to use include: a 35KW Onan PTO driven generator; two Wil-Burt light towers; built in scene lighting; portable scene lighting; a Hercules self-contained Compressed Air Foam System with a 30-gallon water tank; Holmatro rescue tools (battery & hydraulic); K-12 saw; Plasma Cutter; a Petrogen Cutting Torch; high and low angle rope rescue equipment; mono-pod, bi-pod, & tri-pod systems; trench rescue equipment; Paratech Rescue Struts; Paratech Raker system; Paratech Aluminum Waler system; portable lights; power cable reels; and the list can keep on going.
The new Heavy Rescue 455 is supplemented by Rescue 455, a 1997 E-One Rescue Truck that was added to their fleet in December 2017. That truck replaced a twenty-year-old aging Technical Rescue Trailer and the former Special Services 455 unit. The 1997 rig was purchased from Genoa Kingston Fire Protection District in Illinois. It carries technical rescue equipment, including lumber and panels for trench rescue, ropes for high & low angle rescue, has an SCBA cascade system, a light tower, and 25kw PTO generator.
Clinton is also an element of the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force which is a joint effort between Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Flemington – Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad, Whitehouse Rescue Squad, Quakertown Fire Department, and the Hunterdon County Division of Emergency Management.
Oh, remember that 1994 Pierce Saber Rescue that was the temporary HR455, well it has moved on to serve a new life in Tioga Pennsylvania.
The new HR455 responded to it first call at about 8:00 am on Friday, May 25th. A fatal crash involving a box truck and a garbage truck on State Highway 31 in Glen Gardner, the garbage truck garbage truck overturned.
1st Responder Network Story Number 052518108
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Posted on 5/25/2018