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.
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."