Type I Engine in Service
In April 2016, the Kensington Fire Protection District put their new Type I engine into service. The apparatus was custom built by Hi-Tech Emergency Vehicle Services in Oakdale, California. This new engine which is built on a Spartan Motors chassis is replacing the current 2000 Type I pumper which after 16 years was requiring more and more maintenance due to the extra wear and tear that the steep hills and tight turns have placed on it. The new engine is powered by a 450 horse power Cummins Diesel engine that is equipped with the latest emission filters for the exhaust and creates less pollution than the old engine and meet all the new air quality standards. The upgraded suspension allows the fire engine to turn sharper and make tight turns easier. The cab has additional room inside for ease of changing into protective equipment while responding and has room for additional equipment. The apparatus carries a 500-gallon water tank and 25 gallons of Class A foam that enhances the performance of the water in extinguishing fires and a 1,500 gpm pump. This new engine also carries 1,000 feet of 5-inch supply hose which is an improvement over the 3-inch hose that the old engine carried. In addition, the engine is equipped with all the medical equipment and supplies to provide advanced life support in the field. It is also carries rope rescue gear to facilitate any type of low to high angle rescue and Hurst “Jaws of Life” hydraulic rescue tools and high pressure air lift bags for handling most types of rescues.