No fire Department can operate without the right equipment. The continuing focused fund raising efforts and generosity of our community have allowed us to put in place three new engines, a rescue capable of patient transport, two water tenders and a fireboat for fire fighting. Additionally, we have been able to place into service several pieces of specialized equipment and apparatus specifically selected for the mission at hand.
Engine 62 - 2006 Pierce Structure engine -
Our "big gun" for fighting accessible wildland and structure fires. With a 340 HP diesel engine it can haul the substantial bulk represented by 1,000 gallons of water, the pumping equipment, hoses and the manual tools we need to engage fires. Equipped with an automated pump panel, we can effectively fight fires that are not moving such as structure and auto fires (see a typically automobile fire) with only two firefighters. Personnel Capacity of 3 with breathing apparatus. Purchased with donations (Totaling $165,000) from twelve families who vacation at the Lake
Engine 262 - 2012 Rosenbauer Type II
This serves as our "First Out" engine that responds to all calls and is first to respond in an emergency. This Type II engine has a 750 gallon per minute pump and carries 500 gallons of water. It also has a foam generator that dramically improves firefighting capability.
This engine carries "jaws of life", lift bags capable of lifting 30 tons up to 24", stabilizing struts, over-the-side rescue apparatus, SCBS's, generator, chainsaw, and many other firefighting and rescue tools.
Engine 262 - 2001 Ferrara First Response Engine - This smaller 'quick response' engine is stationed on the west end of the lake, drastically reducing response times for residents west of Billy Creek. It brings 300 gallons of water plus the ability to use firefighting foam. It is 4-wheel drive with Insta-chains for winter use. Personnel capacity of 4 with breathing apparatus. Purchased with funds ($65,000) given to the Apparatus fund over the years 1999 - 2005.
Rescue 62 - 2008 Medtec Rescue and Patient transport - Our first piece of equipment that allows us to legally transport an injured person over the road. It also is 4-wheel drive and has significant ground clearance to allow us to go "off road" to retrieve patients. It is our other "first out" unit for most medical calls. The rescue also serves as our support unit for water rescues because it delivers our water rescue equipment (Swift water and SCUBA) including underwater communications and Diver Propulsion Vehicles when needed. Rescue 62 is equipped with a wheeled stokes basket for medical calls in remote areas. It can handle two prone patients and is temperature controlled for heat and cold emergencies. Personnel Capacity 2 in cab and 4 in patient area. Purchased with funds ($240,000) from a single Foundation.
Water Tender 62 - 2009 Fouts Water Tender - This unit brings over 2,000 gallons of water to any fire scene that does not have its own readily available supply. Designed with the very robust undercarriage, transmission and brakes needed to work well in our mountainous terrain, we finally have the ability to deliver a self filling, safe water supply. Personnel capacity 2. Purchased with a $100,000 donation from Southern California Edison and the balance ($57,000) from many donations to the Apparatus Fund.
Water Tender 262 - This Kenworth watertender is our largest piece of apparatus and can bring 3,600 gallons of water to a fire in a matter of minutes. Like Water Tender 62, it can "draft" from the lake to refill itself or refill from fire hydrants. The Insurance Service Organziation, which rates all fire departments and assigns a Property Protection Class to properties with in a fire departments response area, requires that we be able to bring 4,000 gallons of water to a structure fire within 6 minutes of the first arriving engine. This tender, along with any one of our fire engines easily meets this standard.
Fire Boat 62 - Converted - US Navy harbor patrol boat - Maintained at the Rancheria Marina during the summer and shared with the Sheriff's Department and the US Forest Service. Used for on-water or under-water emergency response and for access to parts of the Lake without roads. It has a fire pump, deck gun, hose lines and can transport medical patients. Working personnel capacity 4 or 3 plus two divers. Acquired as a gift from the Blue and Gold Fleet of San Francisco plus the cost of a trailer to transport it.
Hagglunds heavy rescue snow cat -The snowcat carries 13 and operates on pavement, dirt and gravel, ice and snow and can "swim" in rivers and lakes. With four driving tracks the Haggulunds is capable of operating in the most severe winter conditions and has saved lives in the middle of winter.
The picture below shows the unit before it being refurbished in the fall of 2013 while the one to the left was taken in December of 2013.
The Hagglunds is constructed of lightweight fiberglass and effectively "floats" over heavy power. Click here to see a demonstraton of cross country travel.
Although the Hagglunds can "swim" in rivers and streams, our Snow Cat 62 will remain on land since it's door seals are no longer water tight!
Click here to see some stream crossings.
Kawasaki Teryx 4 - The California Parks OHV Division provided a grant ot the department in 2014 to purchase this ATV for off highway rescues. The uint will be fitted with truma, oxygen administration, c-spine, backboard, stokes basket, etc. to support off-road rescues. The grant included funds for a trailer, electronic and communications equipment.
Huntington Fire responds to emergencies on nearly 300 miles of 'jeep trails' during the summer months. The Teryx will significantly help to reduce the time it takes for us to reach patients and the time it takes to get patients to an advanced care facility.
Fill Station 62 - A compressed air refill station allowing us to refill both Firefighter SCBA's and/or Rescue Divers' SCUBA (Picture above) and medical Oxygen re-fill station (Picture below). This avoids trips to Fresno to refill tanks and allows us to train each weekend with functional breathing apparatus. This is a mutual aid station for all firefighters or rescue divers working above Shaver Lake. Purchased with part of a grant ($55,000 which also paid for new SCBA's for the department) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2007.
DPV 1 & 2 - Two Silent Submersion UV-18 diver propulsion vehicles (shown on the transport dollies). Our rescue divers have 60 minutes from the time a person goes into the water until we find them if we are to have any chance of resuscitating them from drowning. The DPV's have a normal run time of 60-90 minutes towing a fully- equipped rescue diver. These units allow a far greater area of the lake to be searched than would be possible by swimming alone. Acquired by donation ($7,800) from one of our firefighters.
Cascade System - This device allows to re-fill our oxygen cylinders we use to administer medical grade oxygen to patients. At our 7,000 feet elevation it is very common for us to administer oxygen to the patients we serve. An oxygen cylinder hold enough oxygen to last about 20 minutes so as one can imagine we use many cylinders during a busy summer season. In the past we had to travel to Fresno to re-fill our tanks. Once a year we exchange two or three of these large cylinders for fully charged ones.