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RFPD APPARATUS FLEET

RFPD apparatus are classified according to the functions they perform. The apparatus deployed by the District all have specific functions ranging from pumping water to carrying advanced life support equipment. Most of the apparatus in the RFPD fleet also serve secondary functions in support of emergency services operations. While firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and members are our most valuable asset,RFPD apparatus are also an important component of the district’s service delivery mission. The District has established an aggressive attitude towards upgrading apparatus having purchased three modern apparatus in the past six years. The RFPD believes a well functioning apparatus fleet is one of the keys to successful fire and emergency services operations.

ENGINES

Rochester Fire Protection District Engines provide delivery of firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and members to requests for service. The engines provide water, hose, appliances, equipment, and, in the case of Engine two, paramedic emergency medical services equipment. All the engines provide pumping of water capabilities rated from 1000 to 1250 gallons of water per minute. To initiate firefighting RFPD engines also carry 1000 gallons of water in their on board tanks.

ENGINE 1 (E-1)

ENGINE 1 (E-1)

ENGINE 2 (E-2)

ENGINE 2 (E-2)

TANKERS

Due to the lack of water supply in most of the rural areas serviced by the RFPD, the district maintains three tankers to haul water. The mobile water supply apparatus in service with the district all carry 3000 gallons of water. No other fire protection district in Sangamon County can mobilize tankers capable of putting 9000 gallons of water on the fire scene. The district is also an active provider of tankers to other fire protection districts through our mutual aid agreements.

TANKER 3 (T-3)

Make and Model: 1999 International 4900 cab and chassis with steel 3000 gallon water take, 2100 gallon portable water tank, and 500 gallon per minute transfer pump.

Mission: Water shuttle operations and first out tanker related to structure fire mutual aid requests for RFPD apparatus.

T-3 is the last of the all steel water trucks purchased by the RFPD in the 1980s and 1990s. Featuring excellent handling, T-3 is used when training new members to drive tankers. The emergency warning lighting system was upgraded recently and the steel tank was welded to facilitate continued consistent and reliable service. Plan is to upgrade T-3 with a 3000 gallon portable water tank similar in size to T-1 and T-2's portable water tanks. T-3 should be in service until 2019.


SQUADS

Rochester Fire Protection District Squads provide supplemental services including transportation for firefighting, medical, and rescue operations. Additionally each squad is designed with a variety of services in mind. Squad Three is a one-of-a-kind apparatus in Sangamon County that offers several different functions. It is frequently requested for mutual aid related to its mobile air cascade capability.

SQUAD 1 (S-1)

SQUAD 1 (S-1)

SQUAD 3 (S-3)

SQUAD 3 (S-3)

BRUSH TRUCKS

Brush one and Engine Three serve as first out apparatus for the many brush and ground fires the district extinguishes every year. Because of the difficult off road terrain encountered during brush fire operations both Brush One and Engine Three are equipped with all wheel drive. The brush trucks also carry a load of forestry hose and appliances that are used in the difficult terrain where they are often deployed.

brush truck

brush truck

Other

BOAT

BOAT

JEEP (RETIRED)

JEEP (RETIRED)

FIREHOUSE TOUR

The Rochester Fire Station Number One represents a first step towards the future for the RFPD. Built in 2003 at a cost of 1.4 million dollars, the station is designed to provide for public service for the next sixty years. There is room for public use, education, training, administration, and facilities for housing full time fire fighters. The RFPD station has sixteen bays to allow storage of district apparatus, a communications room, a shop, and a utility room to support fire, emergency medical services, and rescue missions. The station is a public building that is available for meetings related to civic organizations and public tours.