AND ROOMY -- Norman Moseley, Maumelle's police and fire chief,
checks out the interior of the city's new $330,000 custom-designed pumper
truck Tuesday. The cab of the multi-use firefighting vehicle seats nine and
includes a vista roof, built-in desk and 14-carat-gold trim. (Arkansas
Gazette photo by Brian Phelps)
Democrat-Gazette Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 18, 1995
As fire trucks go, Maumelle's new fire engine is top of the line.
The $330,000 made-to-order pumper truck with 14-carat-gold-trim -- and a
moon roof of sorts -- will allow firefighters to fight fires, clean up chemical
spills and perform rescue operations without extra backup.
Pumper trucks pump water, foam and other substances in emergency situations.
They don't have the 75-foot ladders that distinguish ladder trucks.
"The most unique thing about this truck is that it does everything by itself
and we don't have to call out a bunch of vehicles." Fire and Police Chief
Norman Moseley said. "The trucks we already had couldn't do that."
Moseley and several department members spent a year designing the one-of-kind
truck to fit Maumelle's specific needs. The city of 8,000 has two full-time
firefighters and a 25-member volunteer fire department, though most Department
of Public Safety officers are also trained in firefighting.
The result of their labors is a 37-foot-long, 12-foot-high, shiny-red
multi-purpose vehicle made to firefighters' dream specifications.
E-1, as the truck has been designated, carries reserves of 1,000 gallons
of water for fighting fires and 40 gallons of foam for chemical spills. "Jaws
of life" also have been mounted on the truck to enable firefighters to extract
car accident victims in life-threatening situations.
Perhaps the most impressive feature, though, is the roomy cab that seats
nine, including the driver. A vista roof -- a glass top that covers the cab
-- allows passengers to see outside from within the truck.
There is also a built-in desk, and a computer and cellular phone are planned
Moseley said most fire trucks seat only a passenger and a driver because
the truck engine takes up so much room. In this case, designers tucked the
engine into the vehicle's rear, creating several feet of space.
That area is air-conditioned and heated, and Moseley said the space will
be used to treat firefighters exposed to extreme heat or cold. Accident victims
will also be able to take shelter in the cab, though ambulances -- not the
engine --- will transport victims to hospitals.
The state-of-the-art truck is a big improvement over the department's two
other pumper trucks, which date back to 1976 and 1980, Moseley said. In fact,
the engine is the only one of its kind in Arkansas, according to the
manufacturer, Emergency One, Inc. of Florida.
Firefighters and police officers spent Tuesday morning oohing and aahing
over their new shiny-red possession. It took its maiden voyage later in the
The truck's 400-horsepower engine really excited Fire Marshal and Police
Sgt. Greg McPhail.
"The motor has a lot of pep to it," he said emphatically, stepping down from
the driver's seat after backing the truck into the firehouse garage. "I'll
have to warn the other guys."