I would first like to wish everybody a very happy, safe and healthy 2014. Due to my schedule lately, I have been slacking off on updating the website and for that I apologize. I'm going to do my best to give a good run down for January as there is quite a bit happening in the world of fire apparatus. For those of you that are on the Connecticut Fire EMS forum (http://www.ctfire-ems.com/) I have started a journal for when I travel through the state. I'm slowly considering signing up for facebook as well. I look forward to seeing everybody again this year as I am out there doing photographs. Thank you and as always my friends, be safe.
Cromwell: Cromwell Fire has applied, and I believe been approved to operate two more ambulances.
Middletown: Westfield Fire District is almost set to go to bid for a new heavy rescue truck.
Middletown: The Middletown Fire Department has been approved funds to purchase a new pumper truck.
Derby: The city approved purchasing a Pierce Arrow XT pumper to replace Engine 12 at the Storms fire station.
East Haddam: EHFD placed into service a Spartan/ERV walk around on a Ford chassis rescue truck which replaced the old walk in style rescue.
East Haddam: The Seagrave pumper has been donated to the Eastern Fire School.
East Hampton: East Hampton Fire is very close to purchasing a demo tanker from Firematic. Funds have been approved, it just needs to be voted on and pass which will take place at the end of March. The truck is a 2,000 gallon tanker on a Peterbuilt chassis.
East Hartford: The fire department shop did a complete refurbishment of the squad truck
East Hartford: EHFD has retired the Sutphen spare aerial from service
Waterford: A new pumper for the Jordan company in town has been awarded to E-One and is currently in progress.
Fairfield: Fairfield Fire is spec'ing a new apparatus which I will elaborate more on down the road.
Milford: The town approved the purchase of a new quint for the fire department which is currently out to bid.
New Britain: The spec is out for (1) new aerial truck. It was supposed to be for two new aerials, however only one is being ordered. Bids open on Friday February 28, 2014 (my birthday).
Haddam: Haddam Fire took delivery of a 2013 US Tanker on a Kenworth chassis 2700/1000 which should go into service late March. They're also spec'ing a new pumper.
Madison: The North Madison Fire Department is currently outfitting an F-250 pick-up as the department utility service vehicle.
Chester: 2014 Chevy Silverado 3500 Reading utility body delivered being outfitted for service
Bridgeport: Rescue Co 5 has been assigned and is now running a black over red 2013 Pierce Arrow XT Walk Around Heavy Rescue. Also Engine 1 is running a 2013 Pierce Arrow XT pumper which went online a few weeks ago.
Hamden: Hamden has placed an order for new rescue trucks very much like New Haven Fire Emergency Unit #1. They will be Ford crew cab pick-ups with caps and slide out trays for medical equipment. I believe it will be a late spring or early summer before the new rescue's are on line.
Kent: Kent took delivery of the KME tower and engine this weekend and spent Sunday 2/2 training and flowing water. The ambulance is due within the next week or so. It is a Lifeline on a GMC chassis.
I wanted to begin 2014 with an updated accurate list of some of the new iron on order or delivered. I am sure I am missing something, but hopefully I get the majority of apparatus info going on in the state listed. There is a lot of new iron coming in to Connecticut, and it is not just pumpers but heavy rescue trucks, tankers, aerials... very impressive. If anybody notices that I am missing some apparatus info, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
North Branford: Rescue 1 will be assigned a 2013 PL Custom on a Spartan chassis walk around heavy rescue. It is due in town the week of January 20. The current Rescue 1, a Chevy Suburban first responder truck, will either become Rescue 11 or Emergency 1. The current Rescue 11, a 1988 GMC/E-One Walk In will be sold or disposed of.
Kent: There is a lot happening in Kent this year. First, a new ambulance is on order and I believe the plan is for them to run two ambulances. Also, a Firematic BRAT brush truck is also on order to replace the brush trucks. The town approved funds to purchase used from a department in Maryland a 2004 KME 102' Tower Ladder and included in the sale is a 1991 KME pumper truck. The department and KME mechanics already made the trip down south to look at the apparatus and funding has made it through all the major hurdles. I believe the pumper will replace Engine 5. The tower will be sent out for a new paint job and a minor refurbish prior to coming to Kent. All apparatus should be in Kent late springtime. Looking forward to photographing the new pieces.
Chaplin: 2004 Pierce Dash Rescue Pumper 500GWT 2000GPM
Bethany: A new Ford SUV has been delivered and is being prepared for service to replace 1-Lima-1 which is an EMS fly car. Lima is the South Central CMED designation for Bethany.
Woodbridge: Tanker-8 has been assigned a recently delivered US Tanker on a Freightliner chassis 3000GWT/1000GPM. I am also working on confirming funds have been approved for an additional apparatus, but need to confirm before I will post any details.
Mystic: The Mystic Fire Department has placed into service a 2013 Marion on a Spartan chassis walk around rescue truck
Beacon Falls: Funding has been approved to purchase an aerial truck. They're looking to purchase a 75' quint to replace Engine 1.
Colchester: Colchester Fire is currently in the works to purchase a new rescue truck. Further information to follow...
Branford: I am being told that both Engine 2 and Rescue 1 are slated for refurbishments this year. I have not been able to confirm nor do I know the extent of the refurbishments.
Ansonia: Ansonia Rescue Medical Services has placed into service (2) ambulances - (1) is brand new the other was a used one. Also purchased was a gator, 20 passenger bus and a new ems fly car is on order. I will get the specs and post them soon.
Andover: 2013 Lifeline on a Chevy chassis ambulance is in service
Andover: Engine Tanker 215 - 1991 E-One Cyclone/2013 GK Refurbish 1000GWT/1500GPM
Litchfield: The Litchfield Volunteer Fire Department has on order a SVI tanker on a Spartan Gladiator chassis 2500/GWT 1500/GPM
Litchfield: The Bantam Volunteer Fire Department has on order a new ambulance.
East Haddam: 20?? SVI walk around rescue truck on a Ford crew cab chassis
Haddam: 2013 US Tanker on a Kenworth chassis 2700/GWT 1000/GPM tanker
East Granby: 2013 Four Guys on a Kenworth chassis 3200 gallon elliptical tanker
Windsor Locks: Funds have been approved and the building process has begun for the current aerial scope to be mounted on a new Seagrave cab and chassis. The current aerial scope will be removed from service in the spring to limit the department down time without an aerial device. I believe the truck should be complete for the summer time.
Brookfield: The Brookfield Fire Department has on order a new ambulance which will give them a total of three to operate, an ems fly car and a FMO vehicle
East Hampton: East Hampton Fire took delivery of a 2013 Pierce Arrow XT that replaced both an older pumper and tanker that were sold at auction
East Hartford: Engine 5 will be assigned a 2013 Seagrave pumper which will likely be the first engine delivered in Connecticut for 2014.
Bridgeport: Engine 1 has been assigned a 2013 Pierce Arrow XT 500GWT/1500GPM
Bridgeport: Rescue 5 has been assigned a 2013 Pierce Arrow XT Walk Around Heavy Rescue
Stonington: Wequetequock Fire has taken delivery of a KME pumper truck. This addition will make the department an all KME fleet.
Stonington: Pawcatuck has placed an order with E-One for a Typhoon pumper 500GWT/1500GPM. This will become T-41 and replace the Seagrave pumper. This will make Pawcatuck an all E-One fleet.
Farmington: The Farmington Center Fire Department will be taking delivery of a Swab emergency vehicle on a Ford F-350 chassis. It will be identical to the other Swab rescue trucks in town and is an EMS first responder vehicle. I believe they are currently working on spec's for two pumper trucks for the 2013-2014 budget.
Bridgewater: Bridgewater Fire replaced the green Chevy/Pierce brush truck with a Ford F-550/FD Built brush truck. The former brush truck has been disposed of.
Danbury: Danbury Fire has placed an order with Pierce for an Arrow XT Mid Mount Tower which will be very similar to Bridgeport Truck 5.
Danbury: Car-56, the department mechanic service truck has been assigned a 2013 Ford F-250 utility body
Danbury: Special Response Vehicle has been delivered but is not in service yet. It is a Ford F-250 similar to New Haven Emergency Unit #1.
Danbury: Danbury Fire Car 30 has be assigned a 2013 Ford Expedition
Danbury: Squad 6 is a SVI on a Spartan Metro Star Walk Around Lighting and Air truck
Killingly: The Attawaugan Fire District took delivery of a 2013 Smeal on a Spartan chassis 2850GWT 1750GPM pumper tanker
Coventry: The North Coventry Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2013 Rescue 1 Walk Around Heavy Rescue on a Spartan Metro Star chassis heavy rescue 300GWT/250GPM.
Cromwell: 2013 Pierce Impel 75' RMA 500GWT 1500GPM
Columbia: 1991 E-One Custom pumper / 2013 GK refurbishment 750GWT 1250/GPM
Clinton: 2013 SVI on a Spartan chassis walk around heavy rescue
Canton: Engine 1 and Engine 4 have been assigned 2013 4-Guys pumpers on Spartan chassis. Engine-4 American LaFrance will become Engine 6 and be stationed out of North Canton.
Lebanon: Rescue 106 has been assigned a Rescue 1 walk around heavy rescue on a Spartan Metro Star chassis
Derby: Derby Fire has purchased a Ford to replace the brush truck. Specs and photos to be posted in the near future.
Derby: Derby Storms Ambulance Corp has sent FD-10, the second ambulance in town out for a complete refurbishment. The box will be remounted on a new International cab and chassis. I believe the current International cab and chassis will have a utility body put on it and be used as a dive truck
Hamden: The Dunbar Hill Volunteer Fire Company recently took Engine 8, a 1984 Mack CF pumper out of service. It was replaced with a 1992 Pierce Dash pumper out of New York.
Groton: The Center Groton Fire Department will be taking delivery of a Marion walk around rescue on a Dodge chassis in the springtime.
Guilford: Guilford placed an order with 4-Guys for (2) 3,500 Gallon tankers on Spartan (2) person cab and chassis. Delivery should be early summer.
Guilford: Grants funds have been awarded to Guilford for a new fire boat.
Wallingford: Sutphen is currently building a new pumper which will be assigned to Engine 1. It is due to be in for late Spring.
Washington: Currently on the drawing board (being spec'd out) include a pumper truck and rescue truck
Waterbury: Waterbury was looking for at least one possibly more pumpers to beef up the reserve apparatus. I'm not sure if anything has been found.
Norwich: Norwich Fire placed into service a Ferrara pumper as Engine 3.
Lyme: The Lyme Fire Department has on order a brush truck which is slated for delivery in the springtime.
Mansfield: I believe the new engine tanker will be a Smeal / Spartan due in later this year.
Mansfield: Mansfield Fire has taken delivery of a Lifeline ambulance.
Middlebury: Squad-1 has been assigned a 2011 Pierce on a Freightliner chassis rescue pumper. It was purchased used from a department in New York.
West Hartford: (1) KME Rescue Pumper is in with the second due in early 2014.
Wethersfield: Wethersfield Fire has signed a contract with Sutphen for a 75' aerial truck.
Wilton: Wilton Fire has on order a Marion tanker which will be on a Spartan Gladiator chassis 2500GWT 1500GPM
Woodbury: GK on a Spartan chassis delivered in late 2013.
Washington: Spec's are currrently being drawn up for a new Engine 5.
Washington: Washington will be updating Rescue 1. The current body will be mounted on a new Ford F-550 extended cab chassis.
Watertown: Watertown has put out to bid a new aerial truck. The bid was awarded to GK for a Spartan/GK/LTI, however with the current closing of American LaFrance, they're looking into what that means for the future of this vehicle.
Ledyard: The Ledyard Center Fire Department placed into service a Ferrara pumper.
Hebron: Hebron has on order a 4-Guys pumper on a Spartan chassis.
Deep River: 2007 American LaFrance 100' MMA 300GWT 2000GPM
Hartford: Hartford is currently working on a few apparatus projects including at least (1) aerial truck, a new tactical unit and some pumpers. The Tactical Unit is still being spec'd out but I believe a new aerial truck has been ordered. As soon as I confirm this, I will post additional info.
South Windsor: Sutphen has been awarded the bid for a new pumper which should be delivered next summer.
New Haven: New Haven Fire has on order (3) Pierce Arrow XT pumpers. They will replace Engine 5, Engine 9 and Engine 11. Delivery will likely be early summer. Also, a refurbished Emergency Unit #2 and hydrant truck are all in the works.
Pomfret: Pomfret fire took delivery of a Smeal on a Spartan chassis a rescue pumper.
Preston: Preston Fire is currently putting out bids for a new pumper truck.
Sherman: Currently being spec'd out is a new ambulance and pumper truck
Simsbury: Simsbury has placed an order with 4-Guys for two pumpers on Spartan chassis due in for late Spring.
Somers: Somers is currently spec'ing out a new tanker which should be approved for the next budget.
Stafford: West Stafford took delivery of a Dodge with a utility body for a rescue truck
Sharon: Sharon Fire recently refurbished the brush truck
Shelton: Shelton Fire has four new pieces due in this spring. This is the line-up...
Echo Hose: Pierce Heavy Rescue Pumper
Huntington: Pierce Heavy Rescue
Pine Rock Park: KME Quint
White Hills: KME Quint
New Milford: New Milford Ambulance has another ambulance currently on order, unsure as to the manufacturer or delivery time frame.
Harwinton: The Harwinton Fire Department has placed into service a new Brush truck.
Milford: Milford is still working on a new apparatus. The new piece will be assigned a quint, however as far as I know, nothing has been awarded.
Middlefield: GK on a HME chassis pumper due in late spring 2014
Durham: 2013 Rosenbauer on a Spartan chassis walk around heavy rescue
Naugatuck: The Naugatuck Fire Department will be taking delivery of a Marion on a Spartan chassis pumper. Also, both Pierce engine's are being refurbished and will become department spare pumpers.
New Britain: NBFD is currently going out to bid for (2) 95' mid-mounted aerial trucks
New Canaan: New Canaan will be taking delivery of a Marion on a Spartan chassis rescue pumper in the springtime.
East Haven: The new cab and chassis for Squad 5 has arrived. It is currently get work done to prepare it for service (radios, siren, warning lights, etc...) and then Squad-5's body will be mounted on the new cab and chassis. The former Rescue 1 and Rescue 2 1997 Ford E-One Ambulance style box will be mounted on the current Squad 5 chassis.
Ellington: Ellington Ambulance has taken delivery of a 2013 Lifeline ambulance on a Chevy chassis.
East Lyme: East Lyme has taken delivery of a 2013 Lifeline ambulance on a Chevy chassis.
Stamford: Stamford Fire took delivery of a KME pumper the Fall of 2013. They have (2) KME pumpers on order due in by April. I believe in the capital improvements plan a new heavy rescue, aerial truck and a few pumpers are going to be included
Stratford: Engine 2 has been assigned a Sutphen Quint
Tolland: Tolland Fire has taken delivery of Kensington's former ladder. I believe it went to Firematic for some refurbishment work and will now serve Tolland.
Trumbull: Trumbull Ambulance has added at least (1) possibly (2) Sprinters to its fleet of ambulances.
Trumbull: Nichols Fire should be finalizing the bid for a new heavy rescue truck
Enfield: The Hazardville Fire Department in Enfield recently took delivery of a Seagrave pumper. The 1994 Spartan / Saulsbury is currently up for sale.
New Fairfield: The New Fairfield Fire Department has recently placed an order for a new ambulance.
West Haven: The West Shore Fire Department has placed into service an ambulance that once served Willimantic as Car 40. It will be cross staffed when a commercial ambulance is not available.
North Haven: The fire headquarters project as well as the new Montowese Station #2 fire house projects seem to be moving along. I believe the rough time frame to have everything completed is Spring 2014. After that, the Ridge Road and Northwest Fire Stations will be remodeled.
Enfield: The Thompsonville Fire Department has broken ground on a new fire station. It will replace the current firehouse located at 11 Pearl Street.
Lebanon: The Lebanon Fire Department is currently looking to possibly build a small fire sub-station in a section of town that is a reach from headquarters. I think a simple two bay metal clad building is what they will be building. It is in the very early stages.
Harwinton: Harwinton ambulance is currently working on building a new station next door to Harwinton Fire.
North Stonington: Funds have been approved for a new fire and ems facility near the current fire headquarters.
Greenwich: The town approved funds for another fire station in a northern section of town. Also fire headquarters is coming along. Unsure of a timeframe for completion.