Two Toyne Pumper-Tankers Delivered to Shawnee Heights, KS


BREDA, Iowa Founded in 1939, the Topeka-Tecumseh Fire District protects unincorporated areas in Shawnee County, Kansas, surrounding the City of Topeka. In 2005, the Board of Trustees changed the fire district name to Shawnee Heights Fire District to better represent the response territory. Shawnee Heights recently contracted Toyne, Inc. to engineer two pumper-tanker trucks for their growing fleet.

The two new Toyne Tailored Apparatus, which boast a premium bolted, painted stainless steel body, have been mounted on a Kenworth T800 two-door 6x4 cab and chassis. “These apparatus are large and in-charge,” said Toyne Product Support Coordinator Bill Bird. “They’ve been built for power and performance and you get that feeling just by looking at them.”

Shawnee Heights’ latest fire apparatus are powered by a Cummins ISX12 450 hp engine and an Allison 4500 EVS transmission. To combat fires, both Toyne Pumper-Tankers have been outfitted with a Hale Qmax-XS 1500 gpm pump and a UPF 3000 gallon tank. An 8kw Onan hydraulic generator has also been included along with Fire Research telescoping lights and a 3500 gallon Zico hydraulic portable tank rack.

The Shawnee Heights Fire District provides fire and rescue operations, water rescue and first responder medical services to the residents of Topeka, Tecumseh, Monmouth and Williamsport Townships in southeast Shawnee County. The District has three fire stations manned by full-time personnel, which are supplemented by part-time personnel when needed. As of the 2010 census, the population of Shawnee County was 177,934, making it the third-most populated county in Kansas.

Shawnee’s new pumper-tankers were sold by Toyne Authorized Dealer Mike Weis of Weis Fire Safety based out of Salina, KS.