10/29/09 127 W, 1 I - + 11 - 14 Heavy Rescue

This Freightliner/American LaFrance rescue pumper (?) serves the Saluda Fire Department in Polk County. I'm guessing the short, raised wheelbase helps with tight mountain curves, snowy surfaces, and weight-limited bridges. The fire department dates to the early 1900s, has a single station with eight or so pieces of apparatus, and a district that covers over 51 (!) square-miles in Polk and Henderson counties. Their current station at 191 Walnut Street opened in 2003. Their last station serves as a senior center, and the prior (?) and first fire station on Main Street still serves as City Hall and the police station. Pictures coming, of course. Read more about SFD and other Henderson County fire departments.

This truck is a beast! It has a big Detroit Diesel and is one loud truck when it gets warmed up. For those wanting specs, this truck is a 1999 Freightliner/American LaFrance 1000/1250 4×4.
BFD1151 - 10/29/09 - 18:48

I have noticed fire apparatus from the mountain region haven the high fronts..Wouldn’t that make the rig more top heavy…Can someone explain for me?
CKING - 10/30/09 - 20:30

The Westren NC trucks with the high fronts are 4 wheel drive. The axle is not drop axle like a usual front axle, so the front of the truck is in the air more. This does make it a little more top heavy, but it gives the truck a better approach angle (Can drive up steeper hills) and more ground clearance, especially in the center of the truck.

The front headlights are put in the bumper to lower the headlight height and not blind everyone on the road.
gavan (Email) - 10/31/09 - 16:36

the truck is rescue 23-2, former engine 226. its an american lafrance pumper/tanker powered by cummins, it pumps 1500 gpm has a 1250 poly tank and is the 2nd or third out truck to a wreck next to our smaller rescue truck, rescue 23, and engine 23. this truck also responds to structure fires as well due to the fact its a pumper/tanker. any questions feel free to email.
saluda fire 2366 (Email) - 07/15/10 - 04:36

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