Seagrave Builds Dive/Rescue Apparatus for Louisville, Kentucky

Seagrave Fire Apparatus received an order for a Seagrave dive/rescue unit from the Louisville Fire Department/Jefferson County Metro Government, Kentucky.

“Seagrave supplied over 100 fire apparatus units for Louisville since 1908. This dive/rescue unit is a good example of Seagrave’s capabilities in building apparatus with unique requirements,” said Seagrave Chairman & CEO A. Joseph Neiner. “Louisville is a long time, valued customer we have been proud to serve for over 100 years. We are excited to supply them with this new innovative apparatus, built to the highest safety and durability standards.”

The Louisville Fire Department is situated on the Ohio River and protects many businesses, a large number of commercial and pleasure craft and the McAlpine Locks and Dam. The Department utilizes a “task force” concept with an existing aerial ladder and pumper to respond with the rescue truck to water related emergencies. The new unit will run out of Louisville Fire Department’s headquarters and will replace a 1990 light duty vehicle that served as dive rescue response vehicle.

Lieutenant Colonel Doug Recktenwald said, “The Louisville Fire Department has a greater need for a heavy rescue apparatus that will enable it to carry additional rescue equipment and better withstand the demands of emergency response.”

This single axle apparatus falls within Seagrave’s Specialist Rescue configuration with modifications for unique requirements. The apparatus will be constructed of Seagrave’s Attacker HD chassis with a Cummins ISX 500 HP, Allison EVS 4000 transmission, Harrison 20kw hydraulic generator and a Command Light tower for on-scene lighting. The 154” stainless steel split-tilt cab has seating for six, features 14” raised roof and a cab-to-body walk-through. The rectangular-tube steel roll cage sub structure of the Marauder II cab provides the safest environment for firefighters to and from the scene. The Matrix body is stainless steel with a walk-in/walk-around configuration allowing the responders to put their gear on inside. Some of the features include ceiling lighting, a bench seat, coat rack bar, interior heat and air conditioning, body side windows, a transverse compartment and a large rollout tray in the back of the unit where the dive packs will be mounted.

Recktenwald concluded, “Both Seagrave and their Sales Representatives at Public Safety Equipment have been very responsive to all Louisville Fire Department requests, from the bid process through delivery of the apparatus and beyond.”

Delivery of the new Seagrave dive/rescue unit will take place in spring 2012.

Louisville Dive Rescue Unit Press Release.pdf