After working with the salespeople and
engineers at Ten- 8 and Braun, the department settled on a limited water tank with a
compressed air foam system (CAFS).
“We needed to expand the water capability as much as possible since the vehicle
would be first-out in some areas, providing
firefighting capabilities as well as EMS,”
The VCDPP contracted with Waterous to
design and build the pump module, which
was connected to a 300-gallon water tank
and a 30-gallon foam tank. In addition, Braun
raised the height of the ambulance box.
The units are set up with two crosslays
of 1¾” hose and a dead load of 2½” hose for
a supply line if needed and they carry the
new Hurst E-Draulic cutters and rams. For
future units, the department will engineer a
rear compartment with stronger shelving to
hold 300–400 feet of 3” supply line.
“Braun and Ten- 8 were great to work
with,” Pozzo says. “They listened to our
ideas and worked together with us to make
this new concept work for us and the residents of the county.”
The four pumper/ambulances are
rotated in the high-volume rural areas of the
county; they don’t have permanent stations.
Pozzo stresses that the set-up is working well.
“We would like to order an additional unit
this year,” he says. JEMS
The ambulance module features custom all-aluminum interior cabinets with Meganite
countertops and rounded edge corners. The units
also feature Braun’s VitalMax lighting system for
shadowless light to aid in patient care, the EZ
Glide sliding side-entry door for enhanced crew
safety, the Master Tech IV electrical system, and
the SolidBody construction.
Bob Vaccaro has more than 30 years of fire-service experience. He is a former chief of the Deer Park (N.Y.) Fire
Department. Vaccaro has also worked for the Insurance
Services Office, the New York Fire Patrol and several major
commercial insurance companies as a senior loss-control
consultant. He is a life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
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Department of Fire Rescue (BSO DFR), you may
get the impression that this department operates
as a public safety organization with police officers
operating in dual roles as firefighters—but that’s a
Most U.S. EMS and fire service leaders are familiar with the various target hazards that
they have in their respective jurisdictions. Some
have adapted various standard operating procedures
(SOPs) and purchased firefighting apparatus that gets
the job done for their communities. The Broward
County Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue,
located in south Florida, is no exception.
When you hear the name Broward Sheriff’s Office
Airport and Port Everglades.
next station is a great distance away, we decided to
design an engine that could be used for fire suppression as well as EMS response—if we can’t get another
ambulance in a timely manner or launch Air Rescue,
we can use this engine to transport.”
The BSO DFR originated in October 2003 when
all operational and administrative responsibilities
were transferred from the Broward County Board
of County Commissioners to the Broward Sheriff’s
Office. The department’s more than 700 personnel
provide fire suppression, fire protection, EMS and edu-
cational programs for most unincorporated areas of
Broward County and to the municipalities of Weston,
The majority of the calls in this area are single-
vehicle rollovers with multiple victims, so the vehicle
is designed with a longer wheelbase than a standard
engine. Although it probably couldn’t be used easily
in another urban setting, on a long stretch of high-
way, the turning radius isn’t a problem.
Pembroke Park, Cooper City, Lauderdale
Lakes, Dania Beach and Deerfield
Beach through contract agreements.
Additionally, the department serves Ft.
“The local dealer, Ten- 8 Fire Equipment, and the
Pierce engineers who helped us design this vehicle,
were great to deal with,” de Jesus says. “The rear of
the cab is used for EMS transport. It is roomy and
has a climate-controlled area for patient treatment.
We chose the Velocity chassis because of the added
room in the cab, front and rear, as well as having a
greater amount of compartment space. It has really
worked out well for us so far.”
photos courtesy mike JachLes, Bro Ward sheriff pio
Chief de Jesus and his apparatus committee
painstakingly worked out every detail on both
vehicles to make them work for the department—
something you should be doing when you design
any new vehicle.
Although your budget might not be as large as
some departments’ budgets, you can take this into
consideration when you spec out your next ambulance. If you need to work on a commercial chassis
instead of a custom unit, then design around that
concept. Just make sure the dealer and manufacturer
you choose are on the same page.
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Recently, the department purchased
a vehicle designed for an area of
the county with diverse operational
needs: an engine stationed in an area
that regionally services the Florida
Everglades, a main thoroughfare known
as Alligator Alley.
“We have one station located midway on this thoroughfare that services
the eastern portion of this heavily traveled main highway,” says BSO DFR Chief
Neal de Jesus. “Since this is pretty much
a rural area and EMS response from the