Over the last several years the question has come up as to the need and use of the equipment that Glide Fire has and maintains.
Glide Fire has two class A pumpers. 2230 is a 1978 Ford Western States pumper. It has a 1200 GPM front mount pump with a 1000 gallon tank. This engine is used as a second out structure engine. 2230 is due to be replaced in the summer of 2012. 2231 is a 2000 Freightliner 750 gallon pumper with a 1500 GPM pump. This is our first out structure engine.
Why does Glide Fire need two structure engines?
When the insurance rating service looks at our ability to fight structure fires, one of the things it looks for is the number of structure engines we have and the age of those engines. Having two class A engines enables us to have the ability to get to the fire the maximum amount of personnel with full SCBA’s. It also allows us to respond to a second alarm, (yes we have had two structure fires at the same time), and most importantly it allows us to always have a class A engine on standby even if one is out of service for repairs.
Glide Fire has three tenders that carry water. 2260 is a 1984 Kenworth that carries 3800 gal of water and a 3,000 gallon fold a tank. It has an auxiliary 350 GPM pump on the tailboard. 2261 is a 1977 Kenworth that carries 3,000 gal of water and a 3,000 gallon fold a tank. It has a 250 gpm pump mounted on the tailboard. 2262 is a 1990 Kenworth that carries 2500 gallons and has a front mounted 1200 GPM pump.
2262 is a first out tender that supplies water to the first arriving engine on a structure fire. 2260 is a second out tender and is used on mutual aid with other county fire departments.
2261 is a third out tender for structure fires.
So why does Glide Fire need three water tenders? Again it comes back to ISO and insurance ratings. For the best rating we have, a residence needs to be within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant. Many of our residences are outside the hydrant system and we need to rely on shuttling water to the fire. ISO requires that we are able to provide 250 GPM for 20 minutes (5,000 gal) for our 8b rating. For a rating of 8 (the best you can get for a tender shuttle from ISO), we would need to provide 250 GPM for 2 hours (30,000 gal). Some insurance companies give Glide Fire a “Tanker Credit” for residences within 5 miles from the station because we have the ability to carry so much water ( 10,050). Currently one tender is not counted in this mix, as ISO will not recognize any piece of equipment that is not in an enclosed heated garage.
Glide Fire maintains 2 state licensed Ambulances. 2271 is a 1995 Chevrolet type 1 4X4. 2271 is our first out on all medical and MVA runs within the district. It also stands by on all structure fires in the district. 2272 is a 1990 Ford type 1 4×4 ambulance and is our first out on all calls outside of the district and is our second out ambulance within the district. (Yes we do run multiple medical aid calls up to several times a month)
Why does Glide Fire have more than one Ambulance when we don’t have an ASA (ambulance service area). In 1976 when the district was formed, it was agreed by the voters that we would run a medical service to provide the patrons that are inside and outside of the district first response medical aid. In order to provide for runs inside and outside of the district, and to cover the increase in medical runs, it is necessary to have two ambulances available for calls. We also maintain medical equipment in other rigs in case of a third medical call.
2280 is our first out brush rig. It is a 1990 4X4 Ford type 6 engine. It carries 300 gallons of water with foam and had an auxiliary rear mount pump. This rig also responds with the jaws for MVA’s outside the district. Since much of our district also covers wildland it is important that we have equipment that is capable of off road travel.
2291 is a 1978 1 ton Ford. This vehicle was our first ambulance. It has since been converted into a squad that carries all the extra equipment, flagging, air bags, smoke ejection fans, plus anything that doesn’t fit somewhere else.
2290 is a 2000 3500 ford Expedition. It is used as a command vehicle and for members to use when picking up EMT’s from the hospital, or going to out of town training or conferences.