TOTNES FIRE APPLIANCES
M.A.N 12.225 JDC Water/Tender
Registration WA03 VMV
This appliance is built on a 12 ton chassis by John Dennis Coachbuilders and is fitted with a 6 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine producing 220bhp, coupled to an Allison automatic gearbox.
This appliance carries a 105 ladder and a triple short extension ladder, otherwise it is very similarly stowed to the appliance pictured below.
M.A.N 12.225 JDC Water Tender/Ladder
Registration No WA54 LLO
Main Equipment Carried:-
135 Ladder - Godiva WTA 2000Ltrs per minute Main Pump - 1800 Ltr Water Tank - Folding Roof Ladder - Triple Short Extension Ladder - 4 Breathing Apparatus Sets - Hose - 2 Hosereels - Light Mast - Rosenbauer Otter Light Portable Pump - Hydraulic and Manual Rescue Equipment - Mars Resuscitator - Tirfor Winch - Water Safety Packs - Chemical Protection Suits - Toolbox - Various Hand Tools - Chimney Gear - 40 Ltr Niagara AR-FFFP Foam - Floodlights - Ground Monitor - Beaters - Pitch Forks - Ceiling Hook - Command Wallet - Standpipes - Hose Ramps - Mini Ejector Pump - Lines - Salvage Sheets - Spill Kits - Stretcher - Blocks.
MERCEDES VITO - INCIDENT COMMAND VEHICLE
Registration No V105 EFJ
Callsign V31C1 (Charlie)
The ICV, of which there is 4 in the county is based on a Mercedes Vito chassis and is generally split into 3 separate sections.
THE FRONT SECTION
Normal driver and passenger positions and is fitted with a Main Scheme Radio - Sat Nav - Wind Speed Indicator - Nominal Roll Board - Maps
This area is partitioned from the front by a substantial grill and is accessed by sliding doors on both sides of the vehicle, the nearside sliding door is fitted with a Booking In window for officers and oncoming appliances to hand in their nominal roll boards and tags. A modern computer terminal is fitted in this area on which you will find any information required at an incident, Tactical Information Plans, Building Floor Plans, Service Forms, Service Information, Technical Bulletins, Maps and much more.
Other equipment in this work area includes:- Incident Main Control Board, Printer, Telephone, Fax Machine, Hand Held Radio Scanner ( on which the operator can listen in, and reply to, all Hand Held Radio's on the fireground ), 2nd Main Scheme Radio, Battery Chargers, Savox Communcations Equipment, Petrol Generator, 110v Extension Leads, Transformer, 3 No Torches, Clock, 6 Hand Held Radio's, Crowcon Tetra Gas Detector, Outside Agency Identification Armbands, Fire Officer Sector and Role Identification Tabbards and seating for two operators.
The rear section houses an Air Structure, which when inflated more than doubles the working space available to the crew. Also stowed are 6 Chairs 2 Tables and full lighting for the Air Structure.
This appliance is always mobilised with a support pump, normally V31P2, to assist the ICV crew at incidents.
Above Pictures Courtesy of Kevin Hale - Thanks
V31C1 SET UP - COMPLETE WITH THE AIR STRUCTURE
The above picture gives a good overall idea of the size of the structure and view of the air cylinder inflation connection. The structure itself can be inflated in approx 30 seconds. There are three tent style guy ropes on both sides for securing during windy conditions. Heavy duty metal tent pegs are also carried.
A couple of views of the ICV/Air structure connection. After inflation the structure is slid onto the rear of the vehicle. Note the 110v electricity supply to the back of the ICV.
A view of the air structure from the rear and looking the full length of the ICV. Note the electrical connections and the entrance can be zipped and tied.
THE AIR STRUCTURE - A CLOSER LOOK.
1. Inside you can see the inflated black frame which gives rigidity to the structure.
2. The floor has velcro around the edges for easy removal for cleaning.
3. In the left hand corner you can see the lighting cable which runs from the 110v connectors under the rear lights of the ICV to the red connector suspended from the centre beam, the beam also supports the two sets of florescent lighting which are stored in the rear of the vehicle.
4. The Incident Command Board can be seen in position and the third operator stands inside the inflatable at the rear of the vehicle.
5. On the far right of the vehicle itself you can see the 110v main power connection coming in from the outside.
6. All personnel operating the ICV wear the red and white chequered tabbard seen on the back of the chair on the right.
7. On the table in the foreground L to R Incident Commanders Tabbard - White
Operations Commander Tabbard - Red
Sector Commanders Tabbard - Red/Yellow
A few different photos of the ICV seen at Torquay. Note the excellent Salvation Army Canteen Van in the first picture, seen at so many Devon fires, an absolute must for any hungry and thirsty firefighter. I think I can say from all of us, thanks.
V31C1 - INCIDENT COMMAND VEHICLE
1. Clock - Voltage Indicator
2. Main Scheme Radio
3. Hand Held Radio Scanner
4. Fax Machine
5. Hand Held Radios (6 No. in bright orange identification jackets)
6. Desk Type Telephone
7. Ink Jet Printer
8. Electric Fan
9. GPS Connections/Aerials - USB Hubs
10. Attending Officers Identification Fob and Car Keys Board
11. Storage area for 2 x 110v Cables and 240v to 110v Transformer
13. Computer Work Station With Touch Screen Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse
14. Paperwork Storage - ARA's - Event/Decision Logs - Handover Forms
15. Outside Agencies Armbands/Fire Officer Sector and Role Identifcation Tabbards in Yellow Bag
ICV - LOOKING FROM THE BACK DOOR
If you look to the r/hand side behind the microphones cabling, you can see the white backing of the command board fitted to the inside of the sliding door.
Finally on both sides of the desk area, cut into the sides, are two storage areas for pens, pencils, notepads, chinagraph pencils, ink cartridges etc.
INCIDENT COMMAND BOARD
The incident command board is carried on the ICV and is stored in a rack on the inside of the drivers side sliding door. Used specifically to account for all personnel and resources on the fireground. The board also records all outside agencies, eg Police, Ambulance, Utilities, Local Authority Inspectors and all other interested parties. The board is set up on the rear shelf of the vehicle and run by a third operator. The Incident Command Board is the main job on an ICV and accounts for all personnel & logistics at the incident.
Ford Ranger 4x4 - Operational Support Vehicle & Station/Group Transport
Registration No Y243 JPM
Callsign 31-V (Victor)
This vehicle is used as transport for Courses, Community Fire Safety and General Station Duties. When called to do so it is also used as a support vehicle at operational incidents.