Braving sub-zero temperatures, Chief Glen Eisner, Captain Sid Palmer, Firefighter Bruce Thompson, and Maintenance Supervisors Jason Erhardt and Mike Bartell recently visited Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wisconsin. Pierce manufactures custom fire apparatus and is currently building Portland Fire & Rescue’s new Truck 1. The new Truck 1 will replace the 20-year-old truck that is currently in service at a cost of approximately $1 million.
The purpose of this trip was to perform the mid-build inspection of the new truck. This is done to make sure the truck matches the specifications that the manufacturer agreed to and to identify unanticipated modifications while the truck is being built. The team inspected the wiring and hoses for correct routing, cab chassis, body, and the aerial structure individually because once assembled, these components will be inaccessible for inspection.
An example of why this is so beneficial is that during the team’s inspection, they discovered that the light bar on the top of the truck was not as visible from the sides as it should be raising potential safety concerns about the truck’s visibility. They were able to work with the project manager to make the light bar longer and move it forward to a more visible location at an early stage.
There are many fire engines and trucks being manufactured at the Pierce plant at a time. The team had the opportunity to see new products and different options for making more efficient use of space, building in additional safety features, and adapting our fire apparatus to suit PF&R’s needs for future purchases.
Truck 1 is currently about 2/3 complete and is expected to be delivered in late March. Once complete, Pierce representatives will drive the truck from Wisconsin to Oregon during what is called the “shake down” period to make sure everything is working and there are some miles on the truck prior to putting it in service at Station 1.
We are grateful to the team for remembering Fire Blog readers and bringing back photos of the truck. Click on the video above to view a slideshow of additional photos of the truck being built.
Stay tuned to the Fire Blog for more updates and photos of the Truck 1 build.