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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept. Releases Update on Progress of New Tanker

 Coudersport Vol FireDept


Our Tanker project is coming along. Here are are some progress photos, showing the process. 

A little history... In 1989 we purchased a Ford L9000 350hp, 18 speed manual transmission from Ralph Ford in Mansfield Pa and 4 Guys Fire Equipment built the original fire body - 3500 gal elliptical tanker with 1000gpm front pump. Capacity to carry 2 FF's. 

In 2001 while having it inspected, it was found that there was problems with the tank/being mounted to the frame and demed unsafe. 

At this point Working with American  Lafrance corp. The fire body was redone in Aluminum and a 3500 gal poly tank with attack lines, giving us the current body and Tank that we are reusing, this was our dept plan as to save us money in the future....Well here we are. 

Last fall we were able to purchase directly from Spartan Fire Apparatus a leftover 2017 Spartan Gladiator 600 hp, Allison Automatic that carries 6 FF's and we purchased a used midship 1500 gpm pump (completely redone with same warranty as new - 2 year) giving us another 500 gpm with 5 additional handlines, 5 SCBA seats, new SS Quick dumps (1-each side, 1-Rear) increased water capacity to 3750 and the same ability to carry 1600' - 5" LDH, several 100 ft of 3" and a 3500g Port a Pond, 9' Night Scan Light Tower (mntd on roof) 

The original Spartan Cab Chassis was built for another dept for $398,000 ( they were decertified and couldn't purchase ) - we purchased @ $120,000 a savings of &278,000 dollars, This build is being done by T Line EV, Custom Body and Fabrication. 

The remounting, fabrication, new paint, decals and assorted equipment totaled another $107,000 costing us a total of $227,000. 

A new Tanker Pumper with like or similar specifications start in the range of 550,000 to some over 900k....By reusing our existing body and tank ( as planned ) and looking and purchasing off state bid and or new left over new apparatus save us and our community well over $325,000+ dollars, we have planned and budgeted for this project. 

While this unit has been out we have worked with our mutual aid partners to provide Tankers on our alarms that are outside of the boro to fill this void til our Tanker/Pumper returns ( by the looks of these pictures - it won't be long). 

We thank each and everyone of you in our community and those that are not that support us...

Chief Phelps


Lucinda said...

So glad for you all that you were able to get this wonderful piece of new equipment. God bless you all and all who work so hard to raise funds and serve as first responders.

Anonymous said...

that thing is just plain old "UGLY" !