A Streamlined Response Will Be Focus At 2015 FDIC


Breda, Iowa - On the heels of a record-setting Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) show in 2014, Toyne is preparing to showcase their latest customizable truck bodies to an expected 32,000+ attendees at the 2015 conference. This year, the world's largest fire training-based conference will run from April 20 through April 25 at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

Toyne will debut the latest addition to their line of emergency vehicles, the Priority Response Vehicle (PRV). This Toyne Tailored Apparatus is designed to use every square inch of available space without sacrificing power needed for the superior performance that is a Toyne trademark.

"We are excited to introduce the streamlined profile of our PRV at this year's show," said Bill Bird, product support coordinator at Toyne. "There is no shortage of storage in this vehicle body that features custom compartments to house all the gear needed, including ladders and pike poles. Add to that a high-flow pump, rollup doors to protect the pump panels and connections and an innovative, ergonomically designed pump panel, and you have a vehicle ready to take on any scene."

This compact, agile and responsive PRV is built on a Spartan Metro X MFD chassis that houses a powerful Cummins ISL 450 engine. Features include a Hale Q-Max 2000 pump, rated at 2,000 gallons per minute, a 1600 Class A Foam Pro system and side mounted pump controls.

In addition to the PRV unit, The Cumru Township Fire Department, headquartered in Mohnton, Pa., has volunteered to share their new, 2015 Toyne Rescue (Side-mount) Pumper with convention attendees before they bring it into service at their department. They have worked closely with Toyne to customize this apparatus to include the features they need in a Rescue apparatus with those they need in a Pumper.

The Cumru Township Fire Department was formed in 2010, when three volunteer departments consolidated. The new department has incorporated the best practices from each of these to build their current standards. With 43 firefighters, five of which are township employees and the remainder volunteers, the new department services 21 square miles. The new Toyne Rescue Pumper will replace two vehicles, a Rescue apparatus that is being eliminated and a Pumper being placed in reserve.

This custom Toyne Rescue Pumper is built on a Spartan Metro Star chassis with a Cummins ISL 450 engine, a bolted stainless steel body, a Hale Q-Max 1500 pump and a Harrison 10k hydraulic generator. With eight adjustable shelves, five rollout trays, one vertical rollout tool board and three tip-down rollout trays, the Cumru department will have no trouble packing in all the gear they need when a call comes in. They have also been able to place the pump in an enclosed compartment with rollup doors, add customized Little Giant ladder storage, airbag storage, portable winches for all four sides of the vehicle, electric reels in one of the coffin compartments and a hopper for oil dry storage in the other.

When the Cumru Township department began researching this vehicle, they said that size was a real concern. "When combining two functions into one apparatus, the vehicle tends to grow," explained Scott Brady, chief of the Cumru Township Fire Department. "We are located in a rural area with a lot of country roads and we needed the ability to maneuver easily in those areas. We were pleased to see that Toyne could fit all of our needs into a size that would allow us that flexibility."

But it wasn't only the customization that brought Cumru to Toyne. For that team, it went beyond the product to the service and support that Toyne brought to the table.

"They made the whole process easy," said Jeremy Brubaker, a Cumru career firefighter who sits on the apparatus committee. "It took us about a day and a half to go over the specs for this new vehicle, and they accommodated a team member who couldn't be present by inviting him into the conversation through Skype™. They took all of the ideas we had for this truck and told us whether or not they could do it, then gave us ideas for options. It was clear they knew what they were talking about."

In addition to the Toyne PRV and Cumru Rescue Pumper, Toyne will also be showcasing a Pumper Tanker from the Cannon Township Fire Department (Rockford, Mi.). The Toyne Tailored Pumper Tanker, which features a Freightliner SD114 2 door chassis, 3000 gallon UPF tank, Hale Q-Max 1750 GPM side-mount pump and five discharge locations, has been designed to take the fight to any fire.

During FDIC 2015, attendees can see the Toyne PRV Demo and the Cumru Township Rescue Pumper at Toyne booth 3801, while the Cannon Township Pumper Tanker will be on display in Freightliner booth 4721.