Pierce now offers TAK- 4 T- 3 as an independent
rear suspension (IRS), which operates like IFS
but provides power to the wheels. These systems
provide many advantages over other suspension systems. The components designed into these systems
allow the driver to maintain the feel of the road and
provide the driver with a superb ride quality and
the confidence that he is in control of the vehicle
and the road.
“Some of the changes we made on the new
Quantums were that we also chose the PUC
design,” Franz says. “Since we operate these as
ladders and pumpers, this design gave us much
more compartment space. We also changed from
a 350-gallon tank to a 500-gallon capacity. On
the left upper portion of the body, we have a hose
chute, which gives us easier access to carry 2½-inch
Also carried on each apparatus is a two-section
35-foot ground ladder, a change from the three-
section, 35-foot ladder. The department also carries
700 feet of five-inch large-diameter hose, 400 feet
of 2½-inch hose, two crosslays with 200 feet of
2½-inch hose, 200 feet of 1¾-inch hose, and a
high-rise pack with 100 feet of 1¾-inch and 50 feet
of 2½-inch hose stuffed into one of the compart-
ments. Both quints carry the same amount of hose
and tools for commonality of operation.
The OFD was proactive in its thinking and was
not afraid to try a new concept for the design of
its two new quints. Even though it operated Pierce
Quantums in the past, the new design with front
and rear independent suspensions greatly improved
the maneuverability and ride of the two new vehicles.
If you have never ridden in one of Pierce’s
vehicles with TAK- 4, I can tell you from experience
that it really does make a difference. It’s something
you might want to try if you are in the market for
not only a quint or ladder but an engine as well.
Bob Vaccaro has more than 40 years of fire service experience.
He is a former chief of the Deer Park (NY) 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 IAFC.
If you have never ridden in one
of Pierce’s vehicles with TAK- 4, I
can tell you from experience that
it really does make a difference.