The New Ladder 49 Significantly Improves Service Delivery
 
By East Brandywine Fire Company
February 10, 2019
 

Our team of dedicated volunteers are proud to announce that after two and a half years of planning and production the new Ladder 49 was placed into service on Saturday February 9th.

The Ladder is a Pierce 105' heavy duty dry ladder with a compliment of nearly 350' of ground ladders. The truck was delivered to the Station on October 16th and following delivery countless hours were invested in determining the ideal equipment layout. Once the layout was determined it was sent to Glick Fire Equipment for tool mounting.

Chief Vince D'Amico said "it was important for us to ensure we laid the equipment out to maximize our efficiency". D'Amico added that "we wanted to optimize functions we provide routinely like RIT functions, therefore you will find a stokes basket preloaded with a backboard on tools mounted to it".

Some of the other Ladder specifications include the following:

Enforcer 6-man cab Aerial Chassis with Flat Roof
242.50” Wheelbase
11’8” Overall Height
Detroit DD13 525HP engine with Jake Brake
Allison EVS 4500 Transmission
USSC Valor Seats – 5 SCBA
Hendrickson FMX Air Ride Rear Suspension
ESC/ABS/ATC Wabco Brake System
Rear axle is equipped with a driver controlled differential lock
Full Height Transverse Compartments Behind Crew Cab Doors
Side Roll Protection & Frontal Air Bags
Rear & Side Camera’s
Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Aerial Body
Low Side Compartments with Side Stack Ladders – Both Sides
344’ of Ground Ladders Carried:
Two (2) 35’ 2-Section Extension Ladders
Two (2) 28’ 2-Section Extension Ladders
Two (2) 24’ 2-Section Extension Ladders
Two (2) 18’ DR Roof Ladders
Five (5) 16’ DR Roof Ladders
One (1) 14’ DR Roof Ladder
Two (2) 10’ Attic Ladders
One (1) 20’ Little Giant
Full complement of hand tools
1000 GPM Waterway with an Akron 3480 Stream Master Monitor w/wireless controls
10KW Harrison hydraulic generator
Two (2) Cord Reels with 200’ of 10/4-Cable with Junction Box
Holmatro Battery Rescue tools

The Officers and Members of East Brandywine Fire Company would like to thank all those who helped make the Ladder purchase possible. We appreciate the support of our residents and small business owners and also our Municipal partners to include East Brandywine Township, West Brandywine Township, and Upper Uwchlan Township.

 
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The design was intended to maximize use of the large transverse compartment
The design was intended to maximize use of the large transverse compartment
 
Multiple hooks to supplement hooks in the cab
Multiple hooks to supplement hooks in the cab
Our RIT equipment has been preloaded in a stokes basket for easier deployment
Our RIT equipment has been preloaded in a stokes basket for easier deployment
 
Rope rescue equipment is now easier to access
Rope rescue equipment is now easier to access
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Lighting and electrical anchor the Officers side of the truck
Lighting and electrical anchor the Officers side of the truck
 
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The Ladder carries 5 saws in total.  Two are accessed from the ground.  Three are accessed either from the ground or from the turn table before ascending the ladder.
The Ladder carries 5 saws in total. Two are accessed from the ground. Three are accessed either from the ground or from the turn table before ascending the ladder.
 
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Saw compartment from the turntable
Saw compartment from the turntable
 
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We are excited to announce that we will be adding additional rescue tools in the near future
We are excited to announce that we will be adding additional rescue tools in the near future
Salvage and chimney fire compartment
Salvage and chimney fire compartment
 
Salvage covers
Salvage covers
Our chimney chains are mounted in a compartment on the turntable at the base of the ladder
Our chimney chains are mounted in a compartment on the turntable at the base of the ladder
 
Hose adapters for the aerial waterway
Hose adapters for the aerial waterway
Second Stokes Basket for High and Low angle rescue
Second Stokes Basket for High and Low angle rescue