Apparatus

Overview

Department apparatus and support vehicles are replaced on a 15-year rotation.  By doing this, the maintenance problems are minimized, while costs to the local taxpayers are kept as low as possible.  All of the vehicles are part of the '1200' series of numbers, which are designed for Jackson Fire Department vehicle and personnel use in Washington County, Wisconsin.

1250 - 2017 Ford Ambulance

1250 is Jackson's newest ambulance.  It is equipped with a variety of tools and equipment to handle many medical emergencies.  We have splints and long boards for traumatic injuries and intravenous drugs to counteract narcotic overdoses, cardiac problems, and diabetic emergencies, as well as a defibrillator for cardiac monitoring and cardiac arrests.  1250 is staffed with a minimum of one (1) EMT-Intermediate Technician, one (1) EMT-Basic, and a driver.  We have also recently been authorized to provide paramedic services during many hours of the day, and the advanced medications that can be utilized by the paramedics are also onboard. 

1251 - 2011 Ford Ambulance

Just as 1250, this ambulance is equipped with a variety of tools and equipment to handle any medical emergency.  Splints and long boards for traumatic injuries, intravenous drugs to counteract narcotic overdoses and diabetic emergencies, as well as a defibrillator for cardiac arrests, are all ready for use.  1251 may be used as the first out squad, depending on equipment rotations, and is essentially an identical copy of 1250.  Having both squads set up similarly helps the ambulance crews work more efficiently because the supplies are all in similar areas.

1260 - 2008 Pierce Rescue Engine

1260 is the first engine out on vehicle crashes and is a backup to 1261 on house fires.  It has a 500-gallon tank and 1,500 gpm (gallon per minute) waterous pump.  The engine is equipped with an automatic foam pump that allows automatic mixing of foam for fire suppression.  Once the onboard tank is depleted, the engine can draft water from a hydrant, portable tank from a tanker, or a local water source, such as a pond.  It carries a crew of six (6) firefighters.  This engine has an all-LED emergency lighting system, an onboard hydraulic generator with a light mast for lighting the scene, and ample storage for firefighting and rescue equipment and tools.  The engine also carries the hydraulic cutters and spreaders, air bags, and stabilizing blocks for use during auto extraction operations.

1261 - 2005 Pierce Fire Engine

1261 is the primary engine out on fire  calls with a 1,000=gallon tank and 1,500 gpm (gallon per minute) waterous pump.  The engine is used to put water or foam on the fire.  Once the onboard tank is depleted, the engine will draft water from a hydrant, a portable bank from a tanker, or a local water source such as a pond or reservoir.  It also carries 25 gallons of onboard suppression foam and a crew of eight (8) firefighters.  This engine is technologically advanced with multiplexed, computer-controlled power systems, an all-LED emergency lighting system, an onboard hydraulic generator with a light mast for lighting the scene, and ample storage for firefighting equipment and tools.

1270 - 2019 Pierce 110' Velocity Aerial Platform

1270 is a 110' Pierce Velocity Aerial Platform with a 1,500 gpm (gallon per minute) waterous pump, 500 gallon onboard water tank, aerial waterway, and hydraulic generator.  The truck is equipped with a full compliment of LED task and emergency lighting and roll-up doors to keep all the controls and tools dry and functioning properly.  The cabinets are filled with equipment to assist the crew of six (6) firefighters perform ventilation tasks at a fire scene.  1270's primary duty is to provide additional firefighters and equipment to normal fire scenes, and to give a platform in the air to be sure that firefighters remain safe during dangerous ventilation operations.  This truck is a significant improvement over our previous straight ladder, and allows us to overcome vertical obstacles we were unable to before.

1280 - 2016 Chevrolet Command Vehicle

1280 is our command vehicle and generally goes to all fire incidents with a crew of one (1) Chief Officer and one (1) Line Officer.  Scene operations are run out of the truck, usually from under the tailgate.  There are multiple radios, reference materials, thermal imaging equipment, laptop computers, and an explosive gas meter.  The other equipment carried on this truck includes a four-gas detector for finding dangerous atmospheres (gas leaks, carbon monoxide leaks, and low oxygen levels), a radiation detector, and additional breathing air bottles.

1281 - 2000 GMC Utility Vehicle

1281 is the department administration vehicle.  It is used for daily departmental functions, such as fire inspections and when members are attending school.  It may also be used to bring additional personnel and equipment to fire or EMS scenes.  1281 can carry a crew of two (2) personnel.

1282 - 2010 Chevy 3500 4x4 Grass Fire Rig

1282 is our off-road 1-ton 2010 Chevrolet 4x4 grass fire rig.  It has a 250-gallon water tank on a skid in the bed of the truck, with foam capability.  This vehicle carries a maximum crew compliment of two (2) firefighters, and may go out to the origin of a fire, even if it is far out in a field.  There is a 100 gpm (gallon per minute) pump mounted to the skid so that a powerful water stream can be brought directly to the fire.  In addition, brooms, water cans, and an extra container of Class-A foam is carried.

1283 - 2018 Chevy Chief Officer Vehicle

1283 is designed as the Chief Officer vehicle, and is sued by the Chief for traveling around the area and responding to calls, when necessary.  1283 may also be used by fire department personnel for going to training or school activities, if 1281 is in use.  There is generally a full set of fire gear, as well as other personal protective equipment, stored in the bed to facilitate rapid response.  1283 is also equipped with a full compliment of emergency lighting and a mobile radio.

1285 - 2008 GMC Equipment Vehicle

1285 is a GMC 4x4 with a Pierce body.  It is an equipment vehicle that primarily carries support equipment that does not fit in other vehicles, and has an open rear bed that can be used to haul equipment.  1285 has our air bottle refill station, which has four (4), 6,000 PSI bottles, full of compressed air, used to refill the 4,500 PSI breathing-air bottles carried on firefighters' backs.  The truck may also be used to transport up to five (5) additional personnel to scenes.

1290 - 1992 International Water Tender

1290 is a water tender, or tanker, with a 2,200-gallon water supply and two (2) portable tanks.  The tanker has no pump, but will dump water through quick-dump valves into a 4.000-gallon portable tank, from which the engine will then draft.  The tanker can also connect directly tot he back of an engine with a hose, which is used for "nursing" the engine when only a low-volume water source is necessary.  Tankers are often called for by other fire departments requesting mutual aid for large structure fires.  1290 carries a crew of two (2) personnel.

1291 - 2011 International Water Tender

1291 is identical in function to 1290 and also has a 2.200-gallon water capacity.  1291 is a more advanced vehicle, with a mounted pump and hose reel for grass fire operations, as well as tanker-to-pumper nursing operations.  There is a powered portable tank holder on the officer side of the vehicle and all three (3) dump valves and chutes are power operated, requiring only one (1) firefighter for operation, without leaving the cab of the vehicle.  In most cases, 1291 has a compliment of two (2) firefighters.

Ridgerunner - 1931 Chevrolet Engine

The Ridgerunner is a vintage Jackson Fire Department engine.  It is a 1931 Chevrolet that is still driven occasionally in parades, but is obviously not in use for modern firefighting use. 

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