BATH VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Bath, North Carolina
European settlement near the Pamlico River in the 1690’s led to the creation of Bath, North Carolina’s first town, in 1705. The town’s location seemed ideal with easy access to the river and the Atlantic Ocean 50 miles away at Ocracoke. Bath was also the haunt of Edward Teach, better known as the pirate “Blackbeard.” An expedition of the British Navy killed him in a naval battle near Ocracoke in 1718.
Since then Bath has become a beautiful town of river homes surrounded by sprawling farm lands. Protecting these residents and the heavy river traffic is the Bath Volunteer Fire Department. The vast amount of fire and water rescue equipment required a specially designed rescue vehicle. They chose Hackney, working closely with a Hackney design engineer to create a configuration for each specific piece of equipment.
- Kenworth T370 cab/chassis
- 9-compartment body with recessed roof storage
- Drop/Pinch Frame for increased storage capacity
- 10,000# receivers under left and right side and rear body for application of a 9000# portable winch
- Drop-down compartment step platforms for easy access to equipment stored in upper areas of the body.
- Roof ladder storage on recessed roof with load/unload access rollers.
- Full length electrically deployed awning on curbside
A 25KW PTO generator is mounted inside the left front compartment. Access to the breaker panel is simple and easy to view and also provides mounting space for handlights and light tower remote. The generator powers a NightScan light tower with six 900-watt MagnaFire omni-directional flood lamps. 900-watt MagnaFire floods are also provided on the left and right upper side body. Two tripod flood lights are on the left rear body. A 240VAC cord reel with 200-ft 10/4 cable provides remote power through a power distribution box split into two separate 30-amp circuits with four 120VAC outlets to eliminate loss of amperage at 200-ft. Cribbing is stored behind hinged doors in the rear compartment. A 36” deep slide-out tray in the second compartment easily accommodates exhaust fans and portable reels.
The rear of the body features a 64” high extrication tool compartment with slide trays for spreader, cutter, rams and power unit. In the top of compartment are hydraulic hose reels and utility air hose reel that allows the hoses to be deployed down either side of the body via a slide-out hose roller guide.
Front compartment accommodates all breathing air apparatus on a slide-out rack for “backup and go” donning. The rack also has brackets for mounting Paratech struts. Twelve spare SCBA bottle are stored against the forward wall. A tunnel above the SCBA bottles stores specialized rescue equipment. The tunnel in the second compartment is 62” deep and stores stop signs, shovels and salvage equipment. A 600# slide out tray with 10” high sidewalls stores air bags, pads and inflation equipment. Traffic cones are on a 44” deep tray in the wheelhouse compartment and a multi-drawer tool chest on the floor in the rear compartment. Recessed steps in wheelskirt panel and step bar permit full access to equipment in the wheelhouse.