Morningside Volunteer Fire Department took delivery in early 2012 of a new CustomFIRE rescue-pumper features a body constructed of 14-gauge stainless steel and features a stainless steel underbody support system and tank cradle.  The body features a 25-year warranty and the underbody support structure is warranted for life.  The short body features an low FDNY-style hosebed, stainless steel pump module, stainless steel plumbing and manifold, 500-gallon water tank, and Waterous 1500 gpm CSU, single-stage pump.  A deck gun is mounted behind the pump module.

The pumper carries a large amount of hose, both in crosslays and the low hosebed.  Low crosslays accommodate 150’ of 1.75” hose.  The low hose bed stores two 200-foot sections of 1.75”, 400’ of 1.75”, one 200-foot section of 2.5” (all preconnected), and a dead load including 400’ of 2.5”, 1200’ of 3″, and 800’ of 5″.

The warning and lighting package features Whelen LED warning light package, DOT LED lighting package, OptiCom, rear Whelen Traffic Advisor, Roto-Ray Warning Light, Q2B siren and Powercall.

Some of the other highlights:

  • Full-height, full-depth compartments
  • Top access hatch compartments
  • Suctions:  6” front bumper, DS and rear
  • Front bumper preconnect and hosewell
  • Discharges, PS:  2.5” and 4”
  • Discharges, DS:  2.5”
  • Discharges, Rear:  2.5”
  • Forward and rearward 2” crosslays
  • Recessed front intake
  • Interior cab storage
  • Shelves, toolboards, roll-out trays and custom tool mounting
  • Through-the-tank ladder storage

About Morningside Volunteer Fire Department

Morningside Volunteer Fire Department is located in Suitland, MD.  It is one of 39 independent volunteer fire companies located in Prince George’s County, with their fire station located near the entrance to Andrews Air Force Base.  This high-run department serves an urban and suburban population, and its rescue company is the busiest in the nation.  The department is lead by Chief Michael J. White.


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