Oshtemo Township Fire Department: Apparatus
The Oshtemo Township Fire Department currently has fourteen vehicles in its fleet. The fleet is made up of three engines, one telesquirt, one aerial platform, one rescue squad, three brush trucks, three quick response vehicles, and one utility pick-up truck, and a Chief’s car. In addition to these vehicles the department also has a utility trailer where the trench rescue equipment is stored.
An engine is a truck that is able to pump water, has its own water tank, and carries various hoses, ground ladders, breathing air packs, and other firefighting equipment. The telesquirt is a fire apparatus that has an aerial device as well as the same functions as an engine. The aerial platform is an aerial ladder with a platform (bucket) at the end. This apparatus also has a pump, a small water tank, hose, ground ladders, and tools for forcible entry into and out of structures. Our rescue squad has is equipped for vehicle extrication, rope rescue, and trench rescue support. Brush trucks are used to respond to grass or brush fires and are smaller units able to traverse fields and wooded areas. The quick response vehicles are primarily used for EMS calls throughout the township.
There are two engines, the aerial platform, two quick response vehicles, and one brush truck that respond from Fire Station #1. The telesquirt, rescue squad, one quick response vehicle, one brush truck respond out of Fire Station #2.
One engine and one brush truck respond out of Fire Station #3. The trench rescue trailer is also stored at Station #3 during the winter months.
Each vehicle operated by the fire department has its own unique three digit number. The numbering system is the same county wide except for the two cities (Kalamazoo & Portage) as well as the South Kalamazoo County Fire Authority. The first number of three indicates what department the truck belongs to, each department is given a number from 1-17. All Oshtemo trucks start with the number “5″, Oshtemo’s department designation in Kalamazoo County is “5.” The second number tells what the function of the apparatus is. The numbers 1,2, and 3 indicate engines, the number 4 is an aerial device, the number 5 is a rescue vehicle, the number 6 is a tender, the number 7 is brush vehicle, and the number 8 is utility vehicle. The third number of the apparatus tells us what station within the department the apparatus is stationed at.
A truck with a number of 513 tell us that this is an engine from the Oshtemo Fire Department stationed out of Fire Station #3. A truck with a number of 1161 tells us that this is a tender from Texas Township stationed out of Texas Station #1.
Please visit the Fire Station links to see more detailed information about the apparatus located at that particular fire station.
Rescue 551 – 2008 GMC Yukon Quick Response Vehicle
551 responds to all EMS calls within Station #1’s response area. It is licensed by the State of Michigan as an emergency response vehicle and carries all the necessary EMS equipment. In addition to responding to EMS calls 551 may also respond to motor vehicle crashes, and fire incidents to provide additional personnel.
In 2013, 551 responded to 800 incidents.
Engine 511 – 2008 Pierce Velocity
511 is the second newest apparatus in the fleet put in service December 2009. 511 was purchased as a demonstrator unit in the fall of 2009. This engine carries 750 gallons of water and pumps 1500 gallons per minute. This engine also has an internal 30 gallon Class A foam tank which directly injects foam into the pump. Class A foam is added to the water in the hose allowing for more efficient fire extinguishment. This is the first Oshtemo engine which has the ability to pump Class A foam.
This engine features enclosed pump controls which allow the operator to operate the pump from inside the cab and away from the elements. Attack lines consist of three 1¾” and two 2 ½” preconnected hoselines which can be pulled rapidly from the engine. It also carries 1,000′ of 5″ hose, a generator for additional lighting, ground ladders, various prying tools, ventilation saw, positive pressure blower, and 10 breathing air packs.
This engine responds first out to all fires and can be used as a secondary emergency medical response vehicle as it carries all the necessary EMS equipment and is licensed by the State. This engine responds under Automatic Aid calls to Kalamazoo Township, Alamo Township, City of Kalamazoo, Paw Paw and Gobles.
In 2013, 511 responded to 290 incidents.
Engine 521 – 1999 Pierce Saber
521 carries 750 gallons of water and pumps 1250 gallons per minute. Attack lines consist of three 1 ¾” and two 2 ½” preconnected hoselines which can be pulled rapidly from the engine. This engine also carries 1,000′ of 5″ hose, a generator for emergency lighting, positive pressure blower, 5 breathing air packs for personnel, ground ladders and assorted tools. This engine also carries necessary emergency medical equipment and is licensed by the State as an EMS response vehicle.
This engine also carries the Jaws of Life and other hydraulic tools for motor vehicle crashes. This engine responds first out to all motor vehicle crashes and technical rescues. For single family structure fires this engine responds second out, but is third out for multiple family or commercial occupancy fires. Due to this engine being a true “all purpose” engine it is the department’s primary move-up engine to other jurisdictions.
In 2013, 521 responded to 333 incidents
Truck 541 – 2010 Smeal 100′ Aerial Platform
This apparatus is the newest in the fleet, put in service August 2012. This truck was purchased as a demonstrator unit in the spring of 2012. The new 541 replaced the 1982 Pierce Snorkel which had been in service for 29 years. The “old” 541 was an 85’ articulating platform (similar to a Consumers Energy truck but heavier duty) which served the Township extremely well.
The new 541 is equipped with a 100’ aerial ladder with a platform (bucket) on the end. The platform serves as a working area for firefighters to accomplish firefighting tasks or make rescues from elevated locations. The platform can also supply 1500 gallons per minute of water through the platform nozzle.
In addition to the aerial ladder this truck also has a 2000 gallon per minute pump, and a 300 gallon water tank. Attack lines consist of three 1 ¾” and one 2 ½” preconnected hoselines which can be pulled rapidly from the truck. The truck also carries 1000’ of 5” hose, various prying tools, power saws, positive pressure blower, generator for scene lighting, 6 breathing air packs, ground ladders, and assorted tools.
This truck responds second due to fires in commercial or multi-family structures and third out to single family dwellings. It is also responds by request to other jurisdictions under mutual aid.
In 2013, 541 responded to 39 incidents.
Brush Truck 571 – 2001 Chevy S-10 ZR2
This unit carries 80 gallons of water and pumps 53 gallons per minute. Hoselines consist of one 6 foot garden hose and one 25 foot garden house. This truck also carries four portable water backpacks for firefighters to wear during grass or brush fires. The truck also has a 5000 pound front mounted winch integrated into the brush guard. This truck responds to all brush/grass fires in the township and also for Mutual Aid responses.
In 2013, 571 responded to 33 incidents.
504 – 2010 Ford Explorer
The primary role of 504 is to serve as the patrol vehicle for the township’s Parking Enforcement Program (PEO). The PEO program is a Township program managed by the fire department where firefighters patrol the township writing citations for handicapped and fire lane parking violations. While on patrol 504 is able to respond to any emergency incident within the township, providing an additional firefighter. Since this vehicle is out in the community it is often the first unit on scene.
504 carries all the necessary EMS equipment to be licensed by the State. 504 also carries a breathing air pack, small hand tools, and fire extinguishers.
In 2013, 504 responded to 526 incidents.
Rescue 552 – 2008 GMC Yukon Quick Response Vehicle
552 responds to all EMS calls within Station #2’s response area. It is licensed by the State of Michigan as an emergency response vehicle and carries all the necessary EMS equipment. In addition to responding to EMS calls 552 may also respond to motor vehicle crashes, and fire incidents to provide additional personnel.
552 also serves as the primary vehicle for fire inspections conducted during the regular work week.
In 2013, 552 responded to 514 incidents.
Telesquirt 532 – 2003 American LaFrance Eagle 75′ Telesquirt
This truck carries 500 gallons of water and pumps 1500 gallons per minute. Attack lines consist of two 1 ¾” and two 2 ½” preconnected hoselines which can be rapidly pulled from the truck. It also carries 1,000′ of 5″ hose, 10 breathing air packs, portable generator for emergency lighting, power saws, positive pressure blower, ground ladders and various tools.
This truck responds first out to all fires in the Township and can also respond as a secondary emergency medical response vehicle. This truck responds to all Automatic Aid calls to the City of Portage and Texas Township.
In 2013, 532 responded to 256 incidents.
Squad 502 – 2010 Pierce/International
This unit was purchased and a demonstrator unit in the spring of 2010. 502 carries technical rescue equipment including extrication equipment for motor vehicle crashes. This unit carries the support equipment needed for trench rescue and rope rescue. For fire incidents 502 carries tarps, a shop vacuum, and a trash pump for salvage operations. 502 is also a licensed EMS vehicle by the State.
502 responds first out for motor vehicle crashes and technical rescues. 502 responds second out from Station #2 for fire calls.
In 2013, 502 respond to 147 incidents.
Brush Truck 572 – 1992 Ford F-350
This truck carries 200 gallons of water and pumps 200 gallons per minute under high pressure. It also carries four 5 gallon portable water backpacks for grass/brush fires. The truck also has a 9000 pound front mounted winch integrated into the brush guard. This truck responds on all grass/brush fires within the township and also to Mutual Aid calls from other departments.
In 2013, 572 responded to 24 incidents.
Engine 513 – 1994 Pierce Dash
This engine began its career as 511 until the current 511 was put in service. This engine carries 1,000 gallons of water and pumps 1500 gallons per minute. Attack lines consist of three 1 ¾” and one 2 ½” preconnected hoselines which can be pulled rapidly from the engine. It also carries 1,000′ of 5″ hose, a generator for emergency lighting, positive pressure blower, ground ladders, various prying tools, ventilation saw, and 10 breathing air packs. This truck responds to all fires in the township. 513 is equipped as a EMS vehicle licensed by the State. Should an engine be out of service at Station #1 or Station #2 513 will move-up to that station.
In 2013, 513 responded to 80 incidents.
Brush Truck 573 – 1979 Jeep CJ 5
This jeep carries 80 gallons of water and pumps 53 gallons per minute. Hoses include one 6 foot garden and one 25 foot garden. The jeep also carries one pick headed axe and one shovel along with two 5 gallon portable water backpacks. This jeep is on loan from the Department of Natural Resources. 573 responds to all grass/brush fires within the township, and is available for mutual aid requests.
In 2013, 573 responded to 2 incidents.