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Henderson (KY) Fire Department Goes to Ferrara for HD-107-Foot Aerial Ladder

Ferrara Inferno HP-107 Rear-Mount Quint

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Ferrara Fire Apparatus built this HP-107 aerial ladder quint for Henderson (KY) Fire Department on an Inferno custom chassis with a 3/16-inch aluminum cab with eight-inch raised roof and F-Shield corrosion protection on the frame rails. (All photos courtesy of Ferrara Fire Apparatus.)

By Alan M. Petrillo

The Henderson (KY) Fire Department had previously purchased an engine from Ferrara Fire Apparatus and was well satisfied with the vehicle and its performance, so when it went out to bid with a request for proposal (RFP) for a new aerial ladder quint, it was pleased that Ferrara was not only the low bidder but satisfied all its requirements for the new aerial.

Chris Watson, a Henderson lieutenant and chair of the truck committee, says the committee did extensive research on a number of brands of aerial ladders. “We wanted a vehicle that could operate not only as a ladder, but also as an engine when it needed to,” Watson says. “When the bids were in and opened, we were happy to see that Ferrara was the one to choose.”

Jarrod Brown, sales representative for Mid America Fire & Safety, who sold the rig to Henderson, says that the fire department is a small, busy agency that puts a lot of miles on its apparatus. “They had a lot of miles on their old aerial, a 105-footer that had been purchased as a demo model in the 1990s. We explored several options with Henderson, including a 77-foot and 107-foot ladder, a 100-foot aerial platform, and both midmount and rear-mount options. Henderson wanted the same controls as their previous aerial, but with updated operational capabilities, so they went with our HP-107 aerial ladder quint.”

Brown points out that the rig delivered to Henderson is built on an Inferno custom chassis with a 3/16-inch aluminum cab with an eight-inch raised roof that’s tested to 66,000 pounds, F-Shield corrosion protection on the frame rails, and is powered by a Cummins 500-horsepower ISX12 diesel engine and an Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmission.

Paul Christiansen, aerial sales manager for Ferrara, says the Henderson rig has a four-section rear-mount aerial ladder that has a 107-foot vertical reach at 72 degrees elevation and a 101-foot horizontal reach at zero degrees. The ladder has an Akron Brass 3482 monitor with an Akron Brass 1,500-gallon-per-minute (gpm) SaberMaster 1577 nozzle at the tip. The vehicle has a 750-pound tip load, both wet and dry.

Watson notes that Henderson had Ferrara install a Task Force Tips valve under monitor (VUM) with a 2½-inch standpipe hose connection, creeper controls, electric power, and a pair of rappelling eyes at the tip of the ladder. The rappelling eyes are especially useful for the department’s confined space work.

Christiansen says Ferrara also installed magnetic jack pads on the Henderson aerial, where a magnet is recessed into the poly jack pad, which is then attached to the outrigger foot pad. When the operator extends the jacks, he doesn’t have to guess where to put the outrigger pads, he notes.

The Henderson quint has a Hale Qmax 2,000-gpm pump, a 500-gallon water tank, a 20-gallon foam tank, a Hale Foam Logix 3.3 foam system, a Harrison Stinger 6-kW hydraulic generator, Whelen LED scene lighting, a Federal Navigator light bar, and Federal Quadra Flare warning lights.

Christiansen notes that Ferrara has seen a trend toward 500-gallon water tanks on large aerial apparatus, as opposed to 300-gallon tanks. “When a department runs an aerial as an all-purpose truck and engine, the larger water tank has become much more popular.” he says.

Watson points out that in addition to a 100-foot 1¾-inch hoseline in the aerial’s front bumper, the department also carries a Genesis eForce battery-powered ram and combi tool up front. “This vehicle is equipped for ladder work, fire suppression, and rescue,” he says. “We made sure it was outfitted with front and side air bags for rollover protection, and the vehicle’s maneuverability is great, with an excellent turning radius. We’re very happy with it.”

ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based journalist, the author of three novels and five nonfiction books, and a member of the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment editorial advisory board. He served 22 years with the Verdoy (NY) Fire Department, including in the position of chief.

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