07/16/07 104 W, 1 I - + 28 - 13 Big Tankers

Some big tankers were seen at yesterday's fire in Durham County. Ceffo, Moriah, and Parkwood were rolling rigs that looked like the 3,000 gallon variety. What are or were the largest tankers in Wake County? Cary took the cake in 1954 with a tractor-drawn tanker that hauled 4,500 gallons. Stony Hill started with a 1950 Autocar ex-military fuel tanker that carried 3,000 gallons. Fairgrounds had a 1959 International Harvester that toted 2,700 gallons. And three 2,500 gallon tankers were operated by Cary (1956 ex-military), Fairgrounds/Western Wake (1985 Kenworth/Grumman), and Swift Creek (1980s? Chevy). What others are or were heavy haulers, e.g. over 2,000 gallons?

Not really a tanker, but the airport’s largest crash truck carries 3,000 gallons of water. CFR 4 is a 2000 Oshkosh T-3000. Old CT-4 also carried 3,000 gallons of water. That was a 1973 Walter CB-3000, and which was rebuilt in 1990 by CRES.
Legeros - 07/16/07 - 21:47

durham highway tanker 8 (mack) was somewhere in the 2K + range….

i think most tankers in wake county now are of the 2K and below variety
CFP 7021 (Email) - 07/17/07 - 09:30

Back when ‘quick dump’ was the new thing, a lot of departments were experimenting with different sized tankers. I remember also that Wayne County, at one time, loosely adopted a 1200-1500 gallon standard. That may have changed in the insuing years.

I remember the SHFD Autocar (it sure was slow) and the Fairgrounds IHC. I think Wendell had a big one on a 5 ton military chassis. DHFD got the big Mack right after I went to Yrac. But most everyone else maintained 1200 to 1500 gallon units for a long time.
DJ - 07/17/07 - 10:13

I come from southern New Jersey, and although not many departments in my old county use tankers due to most areas having hydrants, the ones that do…

Centerton Fire Company, Salem County, NJ – Tanker 23-5
1995 Mack tractor
2005 Precision trailer
Split load tank, 5700 gallons reponding and 8000 gallons nurse
1500 GPM pump

That’s only one, and there are FOUR other departments in the same county (out of 19 total running 22 stations) that use tractor-drawn tankers. 2 other departments have 3,000-plus tankers (one is on a custom cab)... even though their entire areas are hydrant-supplied…
Guest3222 - 07/17/07 - 12:14

I have never seen that many tractor-trailer type tankers around NC. Cary had one way back that was involved in a fatal MVC (CFD firefighter died). I’ve seen a couple down around the coast. I am sure there are a few around, however. I have seen a lot of the 2,000-3,000 gallon tankers over the years. I remember one, somewhere down around the coast, on a Ford C-8000. You had a lot of water when it got there, you just had to wait a while for it.
DJ - 07/17/07 - 14:06

Durham Highway’s Tanker 8, a 1981 Mack/Darley, carried 1,800 gallons, or so says their web site, http://www.dhfd.org/curapp.htm.. Did it also have a large foam tank, too?

Wake County’s latest round of new tankers carry either 1,800 or 2,000 gallons, depending upon extended or regular cab.
Legeros - 07/17/07 - 18:16

Hargett’s Crossroads in Jones County has a 8,000 Gallon Tractor Trailer Tanker on an older International. Its n
car3550 - 07/17/07 - 20:29

Rolesville has one, 2800 gal… Tanker 158
kprice104 - 07/18/07 - 17:25

I think Bear Pond in Vance county has a Tractor-drawn tanker; or used to. I remember seeing one at a large church fire north of Wake forest on US1 a number of years ago, attempting to supply Zebulon’s Aerial. I think they discontinued using the aerial at that fire due to lack of water supply; citing the massive tanker took too lonbg to fill and return. Any body verify or confirm?

I know any tanker over 3,000 gal. really slows down a tanker shuttle involving tankers of less capacity. We ran into this when I worked in Fuquay, at the Haymasters Barn fire. We Kept a large tanker from Parkwood with a drop tank that an engine was drafting from on one side of the incident; and additional “super tankers” on site to provide a back-up water supply to the other drop tanks incase we ran out, or the fire flared up and required an increased flow.
JASON BOGGS (Email) - 07/21/07 - 17:14

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