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FALMOUTH FIRE APPARATUS
THE FORDS GO OUT OF SERVICE
Posted Dec 23, 2015 Updated Jan 15, 2016
Update Jan 15, 2016
Two Thumbs Up!
After about 2 months without a fire engine in the West Falmouth Station #4,
the "new" Engine 24 was backed into the station and placed in service at about
1400 hours on Friday January 15, 2016.
The apparatus floor in the 1930 fire station
was removed, lowered a few inches
to allow for some clearance for the "new" engine to get through the door, and
then a new floor poured and some work done to the apron out front.
A piece of 4" hose has been cut to fit along the bottom of the
garage door until a new
door can be made to fit the slightly larger opened after the floor was lowered.
Jan 15, 2016
Upstairs at Station 4
In order to maintain a "presence" in West Falmouth, the
department placed pickup truck
Car 27 at the station with the one firefighter assigned per shift to be able to respond to
calls in. It had basic first aid and life support equipment but was not able to provide
Just after lunch on Friday, January 15, 2016 the "new" Engine
24 pulled up in front
of its new home on Route 28A in West Falmouth.
Firefighters and a few West Falmouth residents were on hand to
watch the engine
back into the station for the first time.
The "new" Engine 24 is a 1992 (24 year old) Sutphen 1500 gpm
Pumper with a
500 gallon water tank. It formerly belonged to the Southhold VFD on the eastern
end of northern Long Island, NY. The engine was one of several that were looked
at after the last two of Falmouth's 1987/1989 Ford C8000 Emergency One engines
has to be taken out of service in November 2015.
Falmouth Finds "new" Engine
1927 AHRENS FOX FORMER FALMOUTH ENGINE 2
When the last two of
Falmouth's 1980's Ford C-8000 / Emergency One Pumpers
had to be put out of service in November, it left the department with only 4 engines
to cover it's 5 stations. Desperate times require desperate measures.
Falmouth went looking for a
quick fix used engine to fill the need.
Since all the required equipment could not fit on the old Ahrens Fox
the department went online and after looking at a number of possible
candidates, they selected a used pumper from a volunteer fire department
on Long Island, NY.
After looking at the truck
and negotiating a mutually acceptable price,
the used 1992 Sutphen 1500 gpm pumper was driven to the ferry and
back to Cape Cod where it is being prepared to go in service.
1992 Sutphen 1500 gpm / 500 gallon Pumper
Former Southhold VFD, LI, NY Engine 8-4-3
The "new" engine has been well taken care of, has low
mileage, and is in
good condition. In addition it fits (snuggly) into the little
West Falmouth fire station which has not had a fire truck
since the 1987 Engine 24 Ford / E-One was put out of service
in November 2015.
The role the "new" Sutphen serves and how it will be
numbered is still
to be finalized but since it fits into the West Falmouth Station 4 it may
in fact become Engine 24. If that is the case, the present Engine 25
which is in worse shape could end up becoming the spare engine 20
once the new Pierce is delivered in the summer of 2016.
However it works out, the department found a jewel of a
in Southhold, Long Island which should serve Falmouth well
for a number of years.
Update Dec 23, 2015
Falmouth's 1927 Ahrens Fox Former Engine 2
Obviously the 1927 Ahrens Fox can not carry all
the hose and equipment
a modern engine must carry.
When Falmouth had to put two of its oldest
pumpers out of service
due to mechanical and safety reasons in November 2015 it put the
department into an unexpected emergency situation.
Falmouth has 5 fire stations and had 6 engines (5
active and 1 spare)
until two went out of service leaving just 4 engines for 5 stations.
The town began looking for a quick fix purchase of a used fire
engine to fit the immediate need.
A 1992 Sutphen 1500 gpm / 500 gallon pumper from
Long Island, NY was looked at and after some negotiating Falmouth
decided the truck could do the job on Cape Cod.
It is currently being prepared for service.
The big plus is the fact that this engine will fit into the
little West Falmouth Station 4, a challenge that had some
very limited options.
The final plan for how and where various
is numbered and assigned is still to be finalized, but
since the "new" Sutphen can fit into Station 4 it could
become Engine 24 assigned there.
The only other department engine that could fit
Falmouth station would be the 1995 International / E-One
presently Engine 25 in East Falmouth. This engine is not
in as good condition as the "new" Sutphen leaving it to
potentially become the spare once the new Pierce engine
is delivered in the summer of 2016.
FALMOUTH "NEW" ENGINE
1500 gpm / 500 Gallons
Falmouth Fords Out of Service
West Falmouth Engine 24
The 1987 Ford C-8000 / Emergency One 1000/500 Pumper
was taken out of service in November 2015 leaving West Falmouth
without a fire engine.
Falmouth Spare Engine 20
The 1989 Ford C-8000 / E-One 1000/500 Spare Pumper
was also taken out of service in November 2015 leaving the
department without a spare engine.
Falmouth Falling Apart?
Vital Apparatus Out of Service.
Initial Post Nov 15, 2015
4 VITAL APPARATUS TAKEN OUT OF
The department minimally staffs and operates from 5
Engine 24, the 28 year old 1987 Ford/E-One pumper at West Falmouth has been taken out of service permanently due to serious mechanical problems in early November 2015.
Engine 20, the 26 year old 1989 Ford/E-One spare pumper has also been taken out of service for similar mechanical issues in Nov 2015.
Breaker 16, the 35 year old 1980 Ford/Farrar 750 gallon Brush Breaker assigned to Station #1 has also been removed from service due to serious mechanical issues in Nov 2015.
Breaker 17, the 38 year old 1977 Dodge Power Wagon /
Breaker 15, a 43 year old 1971 International/Thibault
800 gallon Brush Breaker was taken out of service in 2014.
WEST FALMOUTH STATION SIZE A PROBLEM
Attempts to get town support for a new West Falmouth
station failed years ago leaving that significant area of town now without local
fire protection. Engine 24 also routinely backs up downtown and North Falmouth
and other parts of town on calls.
NO SPARE ENGINE
The backup plan to having no engines available, would be to at least place a fire truck with some water and a pump in a station to cover. Falmouth has used brush trucks for this duty from time to time in the past.
2 OF 3 BRUSH TRUCKS OUT OF SERVICE
It is uncertain at this time what Falmouth will do relative to replacing their spare engine or 2 brush trucks.
West Falmouth Station #4 and Engine 24.
Engine 24 taken out of service and Station #4 has no fire truck.
Engine 24 was typically staffed with just 1 fire fighter
Engine 20 the Spare pumper frequently worked while
for other apparatus. It has been taken out of service.
Spare Engine 20 was already a "hand me down" several times
Breaker 17, 1977 Dodge Power Wagon taken out of service.
Breaker 16, 1980 Ford has been taken out of service.
Breaker 15, a 1971 International was taken out of service in 2014.