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In the eastern Iowa city of Monticello, the area fire department has taken delivery of a new and fully customized Toyne Pumper. Dubbed the "MF8" by the Monticello Fire Department (MFD), this apparatus will be replacing an older pumper that has served these volunteer firefighters for more than two decades. Including this latest addition to the MFD fleet, the department now has three Toyne Tailored Apparatus actively serving alongside them. The apparatus is a stall built with bolted painted stainless steel. This highly durable material was also incorporated into the swing-out doors. Designs called for flexible storage spaces and compartments. The department has specialized storage in the wheel wells for up to eight SCBA bottles, with additional SCBA brackets fitted inside other compartments. Throughout the apparatus are Toyne Tailored slide-out shelving and under-step storage. There is rear slide-in hard suction storage, ladder, and pike pole storage. Pumper Design and Additions Monticello firefighters can also utilize the pumper's Akron Hi-Riser monitor for added fire suppression MFD's pumper body is mounted on a four-door Freightliner M2 106 chassis. Under the hood is a 350-horsepower Cummins ISL9 engine and a powerful Allison 3000 EVS transmission. Inside the cab is seating for five firefighters, an in-cab Firecom radio system, and a back-up camera. Features on the exterior of the chassis are front-mounted tow hooks and On-Spot tire chains. With added custom lettering and striping, Monticello's pumper is ready for action. As a pumper, it's equipped with a specialized fire suppression system that is tailored to the department's needs. Onboard is a 1,000-gallon UPF tank that is monitored by an ICI SL Plus tank gauge. The pump is a Waterous CS, capable of moving water at 1,250 GPM. A class-one TPG pressure governor controls the pump power. Throughout the apparatus is piping for several different discharge and intake points. Monticello firefighters can also utilize the pumper's Akron Hi-Riser monitor for added fire suppression. Other Accessories Toyne outfitted MFD's pumper with a full suite of lights, making the apparatus stand out while getting to and arriving at the scene. MF8 has Whelen PFP2 scene lights, warning lighting, an LED arrow stick, and a PFH2 LED brow light. Inside the storage areas is ILI LED strip compartment lighting. "It is always a pleasure working with Fire Chief Joe Bayne and the members of Monticello Fire Department," said Michael Schwabe, President of Toyne, Inc. "They are a team that stays eternally dedicated to their community and their fire service needs. We believe their new Toyne will be up to the task and answer the call."
Illinois' Huntley Fire Protection District (HFPD) recently received delivery of their customized pumper that was built by Toyne, Inc., an Iowa-based fire apparatus manufacturer. This apparatus will be deployed to the district's ‘Station 2’ where it is replacing a higher-mileage fire engine. There it will be ever ready to serve the resolute firefighters and the communities they protect. Established in 1959, the HFPD tirelessly fulfills the fire service needs of over 50,000 residents in the communities of Huntley, Algonquin, Hampshire, Gilberts, Lake in the Hills, and the rural areas of Kane and McHenry Counties. This territory covers 55 square miles and includes busy freight routes and nine miles of the Interstate 90 corridor. Conducting emergency response The Huntley Fire Protection District has 90 personnel. Operations are overseen by a Fire Chief, two Deputy Chiefs, three Battalion Chiefs, twelve Lieutenants, and a host of other vital staff. HFPD conducts its emergency response from five stations spread throughout its jurisdiction. Continuing to invest in their response capabilities has been one of the focuses of HFPD In 2018 alone, the district received close to 5,300 calls. Continuing to invest in their response capabilities has been one of the focuses of HFPD. Along with opening a fifth station in April of 2020, replacing one of their older engines in their fleet of eleven apparatus with a new Toyne was a part of that response initiative too. Painted stainless steel body “As a first time Toyne customer, they exceeded our expectations! From the spec and design process to the final delivery, the pride of a family-owned business was evident,” said Battalion Chief Michael Pierce. “Toyne allowed us to get the custom quality build we were looking for while staying fiscally responsible to the residents we serve.” The pumper has a bolted painted stainless steel body that is mounted onto a Spartan Metro Star ELFD chassis. A 380-horsepower Cummins ISL 9 engine and an Allison 3000 EVS transmission combine to create a robust powertrain. This apparatus has a 10-inch raised roof cab and boasts seating for four firefighters. Hard suction hose Toyne made slide-in storage for a ladder, pike pole, and hard suction hose Water storage comes in the form of a 750-gallon UPF tank that is monitored by an ICI SL Plus tank gauge. For fire suppression, a Waterous CS 1,500-gpm pump and a Fire Research Pump Boss pressure governor were integrated into the apparatus. Customized storage was positioned throughout the apparatus. There are compartments for seven SCBA bottles in the wheel wells, a front bumper hosewell, and Toyne Tailored slide-out shelving. In the rear of the pumper, Toyne made slide-in storage for a ladder, pike pole, and hard suction hose. Low-Light situations Further customization was implemented by wiring the apparatus with an array of lighting options. Whelen warning lights, a Whelen LED arrow stick, and a 72-inch Firetech HiViz brow light ensure high visibility when responding to calls. During low-light situations, HFPD can utilize the onboard Fire Research telescoping lights, and Whelen M9V2R LED scene lights. “We worked closely with the Huntley Fire Protection District to identify their needs and apply that criteria throughout the design and build of their pumper," said Bill Bird, Toyne Product Support Coordinator. “The overall result speaks for itself, and we expect the apparatus to serve these firefighters well–for years to come.” Dinges Fire Company, based out of Amboy, Illinois, sold the Toyne pumper to the district.
A fleet of four pumpers and four tankers, custom-built by Toyne, Inc., have been delivered to their new home with the Pottawatomie County Consolidated Fire District (CFD) No. 1 in Wamego, Kansas. This delivery is a part of the fire district’s massive apparatus and equipment replacement program, taking their emergency response to a whole new level. Formed in 2013, the Pottawatomie County CFD serves the Kansas communities of Olsburg, St. George, Wamego, Wheaton, Havensville, and Emmett. With a total area of 862 square miles, the county is under the watch of a multitude of fire departments and fire districts. Building fire stations To cover their designated territory, the fire district operates out of five stations and has 74 volunteer firefighters on the roster. Since its creation, Fire District No. 1 has made it a mission to enhance response effectiveness. This goal included building fire stations and procuring new apparatus. From this Toyne Apparatus delivery, four stations will each be receiving one of the pumpers and tankers. “We admire Pottawatomie County CFD’s dedication to protecting its community members,” said Michael Schwabe, President of Toyne, Inc. “We are proud to deliver these eight apparatus that will be there–ready to take the call–for these brave men and women.” Four-Door chassis The fire district’s four pumpers were designed with identical specifications The fire district’s four pumpers were designed with identical specifications. Each pumper is mounted to a Freightliner M2 106 four-door chassis. The apparatus boast powerful 350-horsepower Cummins ISL 9 engines and response-ready Allison 3000 EVS transmissions. For fire suppression, Toyne fitted the trucks with Waterous CS pumps, capable of moving water at 1,250 gallons per minute, and Foam Pro 1600 Class A foam systems. Water is stored in 1,200-gallon UPF tanks. The pumpers have also been piped for monitors, allowing the CFD to add them in the future. Water hauling capabilities Toyne manufactured the tankers around a two-door Freightliner M2 106 chassis. While the powertrain is the same as the pumpers, each of these trucks have a hefty 6x4 drivetrain to accommodate more substantial water hauling capabilities. Top-of-the-line water storage and pumping hardware is integrated into each tanker. Outfitted with Waterous 3030 LE pumps and 3,000-gallon UPF tanks, the fire district is set to battle big blazes. Portable tank racks are also onboard these four heavy-duty tankers, holding portable tanks that have a 3,000-gallon capacity. Weis Fire and Safety Equipment Company, based out of Salina, Kansas, sold the fleet of Toyne apparatus to the fire district.
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