03/21/14 63 W, 1 I - + 6 - 3 Big Tanker For Bailey

The Bailey Fire Department (see also their Facebook page) received this 2013 Freightliner/Rosenbauer 500/3000 tanker in February. It was placed in service on March 20. See more photos from Lee Wilson. And a question, are "combination" tankers the norm these days? Those also equipped with pumps? How many folks still purchase "straight" tankers?

Lee Wilson photo

Would this be the largest tanker around?
Watson - 03/21/14 - 09:40

Is that a school bus?
Joker - 03/22/14 - 11:19

I think given the difficulty of financial times we will be seeing many more combination trucks in the future of the fire service. We are having to attempt to do more with less or at least no more in some cases. Also some departments have seen the advantage of multi-functional companies. Especially true in smaller departments which do not have the staffing of larger departments.
Brandon - 03/23/14 - 11:14

In Nash County, the tanker have a small pump or a true pumper/tanker is the norm. The only department in Nash County that I remember that had a tanker w/o a pump was Middlesex VFD, and it was a large 10 wheel tanker, if memory serves me correct. It may have had a small transfer pump, but I don’t remember it having a “fire” pump. MVFD has since sold that truck. A commonly used tactic in Nash Co. was using a nurse line from the tanker to the engine. Also, with a VFD, you can’t depend on having every unit respond. With that being said, having a small fire pump on the tanker allows an attack to take place in the event of a mechanical failure of the pumper. I have had this happen to me before as a member of a rural VFD, and it’s nice to know that even with only one engine and one tanker, you still have two “fire” pumps. BTW, that would be the biggest in Nash County, the second would be Castalia with a 2700 gallon truck, and there are several 2000 gallon trucks in the area.
PBM - 03/24/14 - 16:07

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