Chief Ken Becker - New Pittsburg VFD
Everyone talks about increased flow rates with a vacuum unit. While this is true, we have two Firovacs because of the personnel savings, which is critical to our rural department.
Assistant Chief Alan Altoff - Bear Branch VFD
The useable water sources in our fire district went from 17 to 95 with our Firovac unit. It is such a simple system that fits into rural water supply perfectly.
"Exceeded Our Expectations"
Gary Pullen - Former Fire Chief Cherry Grove Fire Dept.
When a fire department buys a new piece of equipment, and expressly if it is something different than most have, you do so with some apprehension.
After spending time, and putting to the test the Firovac Vacuum Tender, it has exceeded our expectation.
Supplying Water Without a Hydrant
Chief Butch Speelman - Fredericksburg VFD
" I admit I was not for a vacuum unit but some of my guys were. Within 2 weeks of the delivery of our Firovac we had a barn fire. The closest hydrant was 3 miles away. The Firovac unit went to a creek closer and supplied four 1800 Gallon Loads of Water, (7200 Gallons), before another load could be supplied by any other unit."
No Hydrant, No Problem
Chief John Lovejoy - Mud River VFD
We were called for a tanker assist to a structure fire in a rural area. Upon arrival we unloaded our Firovac tanker into the drop tank. Within about 600’ we found a shallow water hole to load from. All the other guys had to drive 3-4 miles to a hydrant...
We hauled all the water to the fire after that.
"Wouldn't Trade It For Anything"
Jack Conklin - Decatur VFD
A majority of the members in our department were skeptical of the Firovac apparatus at first, but now, they wouldn’t trade it for anything! Our Firovac will outperform any other apparatus in our area, two to one.
"Excellent Fire Truck"
Chief Jim Delman - Sunset Heights VFD
The Firovac is an excellent fire truck. It made our part simple. We didn’t have to worry about having an engine to fill us.
Chief Dick Glessner - Sterling VFD
Thank you for servicing our Firovac unit so quickly. We have put nothing into this truck since purchase (6/05), so, I don’t mind spending some now (8/12).
First Vacuum Water Shuttle
Kenneth Becker - New Pittsburg VFD
New Pittsburg, Ohio
To date the only known total vacuum water shuttle conducted by the New Pittsburg, Ohio Fire Department. Using a 5 year old 1500 gallon Firovac tanker mounted on a 1971 IH 1700 Loadstar chassis and a 2000 gallon Firovac tanker mounted on a 1989 Ford LN 8000 chassis, a simulated ISO test was conducted 9/30/1989. According to the calculations of Mr. Jim Schriver TNI for Wooster Township Fire Department, these two tankers, on a two mile water shuttle maintained a 475 gallon per minute sustained flow rate. A rate of 500 gpm was achieved but not sustained. This was accomplished by the two tankers with no support vehicles. We are quite sure this is an industry first. Calculations Follow:
350 GPM flow @ 11:17 - 11:27AM
380 GPM flow @ 11:27 - 11:37AM
410 GPM flow @ 11:37 - 11:47AM
445 GPM flow @ 11:47 - 11:57AM
475 GPM flow @ 11:57AM - 12:07PM
500 GPM flow @ 12:07 - 12:12PM