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The Waco Fire Department has taken delivery of a custom-built Lake Assault Boats fireboat and rescue craft. The new vessel provides a wide range of emergency response services on Lake Waco (a 12-square-mile body of water located within the city limits) as well as a section of the Brazos River that flows through the department’s protection area in central Texas. The craft was purchased through Lake Assault Boats’ listings on GSA Advantage Schedule 84 that includes Marine Craft. “Our department first learned about Lake Assault Boats through Lake Travis Fire Rescue, a neighboring department,” explained R. M. Bergerson, Deputy Chief of Emergency Operations for Waco Fire Department. “We’d seen their boat in action and heard good things. We just placed the new boat into service, and its capabilities for firefighting, rescue, and dive operations are impressive.” Hale Attack Max Fire Pump The craft’s firefighting system includes a Hale Attack Max fire pump rated at 550 gpm and powered by a 35-hp marinized engineA pair of 225 hp Honda outboard engines supplies power for the 26-foot craft. The hull features a 63-inch hydraulically operated bow door that opens to 90-degrees and can safely be deployed and operated at slow speeds. There are six-foot-long lockable storage compartments on either side of the bow deck as well as storage racks to hold dive equipment. The craft’s firefighting system includes a Hale Attack Max fire pump rated at 550 gpm and powered by a dedicated 35-hp marinized engine. Two TFT portable Hemisphere monitors (one with a fog nozzle and a second with a smooth bore tip) are on board. Water is supplied through a 4-inch intake into a sea chest. Outstanding Cornering Maneuverability The full-width T-top pilothouse is manufactured from 3/16” welded aluminum, has a 76-inch interior clearance height, and features a forward leaning windshield and fixed side windows. The dash console includes a 12-inch touchscreen monitor that controls a Garmin system featuring GPS, Sonar, with SideVu and DownVu, and Chartplotting. “With its twin-engine configuration and extremely stable hull design, the craft’s cornering maneuverability, and overall performance is outstanding,” said Bergerson, adding “we just launched our own dive team, and the hydraulic bow door with integrated dive ladders will help us perform more effectively and efficiently.”
Hale Products, a provider in high-performance firefighting pumps and equipment, announces the addition of a new Technical Service Team Leader to its professional Customer Support team. With a strong commitment to its customers, this new hire brings years of technical repair and maintenance experience from the fire industry. Joseph ”Joe” Neal will manage the internal technical support team. Neal has both technical and mechanical expertise from his years of service with Spartan Motors, a Fire Apparatus Manufacturer, where he served as a Field Engineer. Mechanical equipment experience Prior to his work at Spartan, Joe also supported mechanical equipment at E-One, HMA, and the US Army as a helicopter mechanic. Neal has a very strong work ethic as well as an understanding of the customer base for Hale Products. “With the addition of Joe, we further strengthen our ability to meet the needs of our customers,” stated Christine Tarro, Customer Service Manager. “His adept technical background and strong customer focus make him a valuable addition to the Hale Customer Support Team.”
Hale Products, Inc. launched a new KP pump series that offers high performance, low cost of ownership and easy installation in a compact design during INTERSCHUTZ 2015 in Hannover, Germany. “The new KP pump series was created in response to a growing need we’ve seen for smaller trucks,” said Jeff VanMeter, Pumps Product Manager for Hale Products. Dual pressure pump “Specifically designed for 3.5- to 7.5-ton trucks, this new offering delivers up to 2,000 liters per minute. This is a true dual pressure pump, making it extremely easy to operate and maintain for the long term.” Hale is the first manufacturer of fire pumps to offer a multi-pressure pump for smaller truck applications. The KP series includes a single, dry-running piston primer with two bolts on top for extremely easy maintenance. All high-pressure features are bolt-on and the pump cuts off the primer at high speeds, allowing it to operate longer. More seamless rescues Hale also has partnered with oil suppliers to deliver a five-year oil (vs. the standard one-year oil) for the KP pump series, as well as a sight tube for visual inspection. This approach will save department’s money and time and allow for more seamless rescues. The series includes two different pumps: the KP1 with low pressure discharge and the KP2 with high pressure discharge.