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Fire Trucks
Whenever the subject of a fire department arises, interest invariably turns to the fire trucks and other equipment found within the department. Perhaps this is so because it is the trucks that garner so much attention around town, whether just riding through the streets or responding with lights and sirens to an emergency call. While on the surface it may seem like such abiding interest in the trucks is a superficial thing, that is by no means the case. Carrboro's fire trucks represent a significant financial investment for the town, and it is right that the citizens, as well as the members of the department, take tremendous pride in them. They are your trucks, and they represent the community's investment in the safety and welfare of its citizens.
Truck 1
Everyone in town, both young and less young, is welcome to come by and look at the trucks in person. So feel free to drop in and say hello. However, if you are unable to visit, we hope you take a few minutes to browse the pictures and information below about the equipment that stands at the ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to any call for help from the citizens of Carrboro and Orange County.

At the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department we have one fire station which houses four front-line fire apparatus and one reserve. There are three pumper/tankers, one platform ladder truck, and one reserve ladder truck. Below you can see listed some of the major features of each truck. Also listed below are some of the various tools and other equipment we carry and use on the fire truck. We have taken the time to list some of these items because many folks think all we carry are hose, axes, and ladders. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Much of the equipment we use today employs advanced technology, all of which helps us do our job in a safer and more effective manner.

Engine 1
Engine 1
  • 1999 Ferrara Pumper/Tanker.
  • A 1500 gpm (gallons per minute), single stage Hale pump with a 1000 gallon water tank.
  • 6 person custom crew cab with 5 seats fitted with Scott air packs.
  • 3 200' and 1 100' pre-connected hose lines with 1¾" attack lines.
  • A 1" booster reel (used for grass and brush fires).
  • 1000' of 5" hose for water supply lines and 700' of 3" hose for both supply and attack lines.
Engine 2
Engine 2
  • 2006 Elite Pumper/Tanker.
  • A 1500 gpm, single stage Hale pump with a 1000 gallon water tank.
  • 4 person custom crew cab with 3 seats fitted with Scott air packs.
  • Top mount pump panel.
  • 1 300', 2 200', and 1 100' pre-connected hose lines with 1¾" attack lines.
  • A 1" booster reel (used for grass and brush fires).
  • 1000' of 5" hose for water supply lines and 500' of 3" hose for both supply and attack lines.
  • More pictures: Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5
Reserve Engine 10
Reserve Engine 10
  • 1993 E-One Pumper/Tanker.
  • A 1250 gpm, single stage Hale pump with a 1250 gallon water tank.
  • 5 person commercial cab outfitted with Scott air packs.
  • 2 200' and 1 100' pre-connected hose lines with 1¾" attack lines.
  • 1000' of 5" hose for water supply lines and 500' of 2½" hose for both supply and attack lines.
Truck 1
Truck 1
  • 2008 Sutphen SPH 100 Ladder Truck.
  • A 100' platform ladder with two 1000 gpm nozzles.
  • A 1500 gpm, single stage Hale pump with a 300 gallon water tank.
  • 6 person custom crew cab with all riding positions fitted with Scott air packs.
  • 2 200' pre-connected hose lines with 1¾" attack lines.
  • 900' of 5" hose for water supply lines and 150' of 3" hose for both supply and attack.
  • Full complement of extrication and rescue tools.
  • More pictures: Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5 | Photo 6 | Photo 7 | Photo 8 | Photo 9 | Photo 10 | Photo 11 | Photo 12
Reserve Engine 20
Reserve Engine 20
  • 1990 E-One Hurricane ladder truck (Actually it is a Quint).
  • A 75' ladder with a 4" waterway and a 1000 gpm nozzle at the tip.
  • A 1500 gpm, single stage Hale pump with a 500 gallon water tank.
  • A 6 person custom cab outfitted with 3 Scott air packs.
  • 2 200' and 1 300' pre-connected hose lines with 1¾" attack lines.
  • 1000' of 5" hose for water supply.
Brush 1
Brush 1
  • 2011 Anchor-Richey Ford F-550 XL.
  • 4x4 crew cab with Scott air packs for all personnel.
  • 300 gpm Darley pump with a 300 gallon water tank with pump and roll capability.
  • Eight gallon class A foam tank.
  • 200 ft. 1" booster reel hose.
  • Elkhart "Sidewinder" remote control nozzle on the front.
  • 12,000 lb. and 5,000 lb. winches.
  • The unit functions as a reserve service truck for the department.
  • More Pictures: Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3
Command car2
Car 2
  • 2008 Ford F-250 4x4 Chassis.
  • Fire scene Incident Commander's vehicle.
  • Firefighter rehab equipment.
  • Mobile 800Mhz communications equipment.

Other Equipment

There are numerous pieces of equipment on each truck, many of which employ advanced technologies. Here is a sampling a just a few: thermal imaging cameras, computers, and radios spanning the UHF, VHF, and 800MHz frequencies for communication.

Besides the high-tech items above we carry numerous ordinary tools that serve us well. Yes, there are plenty of axes, but there are also saws, brooms, shovels, pike poles, crow bars, pry bars, hydrant tools, bolt cutters, wire cutters, haligan bars, rakes, squeegees, buckets, and plenty of hand tools. In addition, we carry ventilation fans and various gas meters, including an MSA Solaris multigas detector.

There are numerous specialized items as well. For instance, we carry foam for fighting fires involving flammable and combustible liquids. When such liquids are not on fire we carry absorbent to remove it from a hazardous location. We have something called "Plug-N-Dike" which is a type of putty. It is useful for stopping small leaks of such liquids.

Our trucks are also stocked with both medical and light rescue equipment ensuring that our firefighting personnel are fully prepared for any of the various emergencies they may face protecting the citizens of Carrboro.

Reserve Engine 20
 
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