Michael P.

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  1. New rig proposals in the gallery!

  2. New incident in the gallery! More pics can be found here!

  3. Reserve Trucks 501 and 502 are in the gallery! For more pics, visit our Instagram page here!

  4. Hazmat 1 is finally built and is up in the gallery! For more photos, visit our website at here!

  5. Brand new Truck 1, Rescue 1, and engine 201 are in the gallery. Several more rigs to come soon! 

  6. Reserve Engine 502 is now in the gallery! For more pics, check out FDCB's Instagram page!

  7. Pierce releases several models for the Ascendant: a dual axle straight stick, a single axle tower ladder, and a tiller 😱

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    2. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      @HenryH BCFD I think the tiller is the biggest deal just because of the 7 extra feet like you said, but also the 750 lb payload capacity while lessening the weight by 4000 lbs. That's huge especially for hilly areas (Seattle area is what I'm thinking about). I honestly thought the dual axle Ascendants would be taller (Like 120' or more), but maybe that's in the future. Heck, at the rate they're going, they might be able to do a tiller tower soon. 

      As for the towers, I don't think they'll sell really well, just because I feel that the normal towers would suffice, plus those monitors are in an awful position. The towers actually remind me of the Rosenbauer Raptor, except with a lot more compartment space. Now, if we're talking about congested areas like Boston or the Northeast, there might be a market there; however, harsh winters would be a problem. The real question with the single-axle tower is: how long will that rig last if it's loaded with 500 gal of water along with the pump, and your standard tools? I get that they're trying to jam-pack the rig with every conceivable tool, but I don't think that's a great idea... 

    3. HenryH BCFD

      HenryH BCFD

      @Michael P. I agree completely about the towers, the bucket and monitor design is awful, and I just don't see a real market for it.  The size would be good for Boston, but with how loaded up it is, I think durability would be a major concern.  

       

    4. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      @HenryH BCFD Unless the pump and tank are removed, I see this kind of vehicle lasting 10 yrs tops even with maintenance. The buckets do provide a safer place to do vent work for 1 maybe 2 people, but I guess we will see what kind of reception Pierce will get. I do have high hopes for the dual axle straight stick and the tiller. I'd like to see LAFD or San Francisco get one of the Ascendant tillers, and I think it's the perfect kind of rig because it's much lighter than the current rigs, hence longer life span of the rig.

  8. Brand new Engine 1 is in the gallery!

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    2. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      @~JD~ I wanted to test out how the body would fit a standard cab before I tried it on the Quantum. Now since the bodies will be modular, I can simply put the different body configurations on the various cabs that I have :D If you really want to see what it would look like, I suppose I can snap a few photos of what Engine 2 will look like in the future! 

    3. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      Ah, okay that makes sense now. Well if you're offering to post some pics, I'm not gonna stop you! 😉 

    4. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      @~JD~ Check out the gallery mate 🤓

  9. 8 new photos in the gallery! I'd love to hear your thoughts on them!

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    2. HenryH BCFD

      HenryH BCFD

      @~JD~ The quick response vehicle concept is  a good idea; however, it is not the right fit for every department.  Arlington County FD is one department where it doesn't make much sense.  The call volume is rarely high to the point that running Engines to ALS calls causes availability issues.  Furthermore, reducing wear and tear on equipment is not as high of a concern for several reasons.  The first of these reasons is the moderate call volume; units get a fair amount of runs, but are not running constantly.  The second reason is that ACFD replaces apparatus every 5-7 years, they have a great contract with Pierce.  Plus, the Arrow XT chassis is built to handle higher call volumes.  

      To introduce a QRV system, either staffing would need to be increased to cover these new units, or they would have to be cross staffed by Engine companies.  For ACFD, and many other departments, increasing staffing would not provide enough benefits for the cost.  I personally am against cross staffing QRVs and Engine companies as it increases the amount of time the Engine would be unavailable for a fire suppression call.

       

    3. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      @HenryH BCFD True, there will likely never be a one size fits all solution in the fire service. A big thing for Arlington is it's size, it a very small county and small Department so they wouldn't need such a resource, now D.C. However, could. Maintenance should be on there as well, but getting into all that is another conversation. 

       You can also reduce staff or look at the less used truck companies. Reducing staff in under used units can provide man power for the QRV, like air units, hazmats various support units that don't see much action, or they can even cross staff it if needed. Truck companies can also cross staff it since they don't see as much service as the engine and it will save wear on the truck. Phoenix uses a concept like that, called a ladder tender, it's like a light rescue, with ALS gear and limited truck gear. Grant it Phoenix is 4x larger than Arlington so they actually have a need for it. 

    4. HenryH BCFD

      HenryH BCFD

      Good points.  DC probably could use something like that though ever since AMR, they have had a better handle on things.  One thing they are trying to do to handle call volume for EMS is taking preventive measures, and setting up frequent flyers with the help they really need. 

      The one point I disagree with is the idea of reducing staffing on other companies.  I am a big believer in having at least 4 firefighters on every Engine, Truck and Rescue.  

       

  10. Check out Godzilla in the gallery!

  11. The HME Scorpion is a pretty strange truck

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    2. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      @Lebby I believe that was the only one actually made. It currently resides in Canada

    3. Lebby

      Lebby

      Well I'm happy I had the opportunity to see it then

    4. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      @Lebby I'd like to know how well its surviving up in Canada. From what I heard, the mechanisms were terrible, which may be part of the reason why it didn't sell in the US.

  12. Station 5 is now an all-Seagrave house! Check out the gallery as well as our homepage!

  13. Mack CF and Pierce Quantum updates in the gallery!

  14. Check out Rescue 1 and US&R 2 in the gallery! Both are brand new apparatus!

    1. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      They both look good! Was the US&R a rebuild of the previous one?

    2. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      Thanks man! Yes, the US&R is a rebuild. I wasn't satisfied with the trailer section. Plus, the knuckle-boom crane was annoying at times.

  15. Truck companies are up along with my engine companies! Now on to Special Ops!

    1. Edward O.

      Edward O.

      That's. A. Lot. Of. Trucks. 

      I need to start ordering parts...

    2. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      The fleet didn't happen overnight.. there was a lot of trial and error to get where I'm at today.

    3. Edward O.

      Edward O.

      None of our fleets did

  16. Really sad to hear that over 50 firefighters died today in a building collapse in Iran... 

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    2. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      That collapse though ?

    3. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      While it is unfortunate so many lost their lives, Iran will probably somehow blame us for it to further their own political agenda. God bless those who perished in such a tragic event. 

    4. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      @~JD~ That's true, but the fact is, more than 50 guys died doing what they did best. Hats off to them.. 

  17. Truck 1 is in the gallery! More details to follow tomorrow!

  18. Check out the brand new Rescue 2 in the gallery!

  19. Check out my latest model for the Pierce Arrow XT! Comments and critiques are appreciated!

  20. The wait is agonizing!

    1. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      The wait for what? Parts?

    2. Michael P.
  21. The city of Castle Beach has joined the San McBrickton County Office of Emergency Management! If you're interested in being a part of this great organization, comment below! The San McBrickton OEM is a centralized inter-departmental agency that mitigates both man-made and natural disasters. Our multi-focal approach allows for the resolution of fire, hazmat, US&R, and marine operations. 

     

    See our page here! Please note that it is a work in progress, so there are lots of details missing at the moment.

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    2. Edward O.

      Edward O.

      Yeah. I'm not looking to merge though. A partnership is more what I would call it.

    3. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      Suits me.. we can work on an M/A agreement, but I can't put you on the member list then

    4. Edward O.
  22. Plans for the next several months include 4 engines, 2 tillers, a heavy rescue, a foam tender, and possibly a helicopter. Thoughts/ideas welcome!

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    2. Lebby

      Lebby

      Well I'm excited

    3. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      @Michael P. Nice, sound like you got it all planned out! Not sure on replacing an "Urban" foam unit with new ARFF one, why not a custom foam tender for urban response? Probably cost less in Lego and realistic terms too. Just my 2 cents. 

    4. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      @~JD~ Well, the current foam tender is an Oshkosh 4500 which is too large for some responses. That's kinda why I'm downsizing the apparatus. In addition, all engines carry enough foam to be self-sufficient for a while. The purpose of the foam tender is provide support to these engines as well as the capability to flow big water when needed. Plus, nothing like a bad@$$ ARFF rolling up to a brush fire :) That would be expensive in real dollars, but in Lego terms, it would cost the same as sending a brush truck :P I actually have an LDD file of a commercial tanker that had an HRET along with a couple of monitors, but that had a little more bricks than what the 4x4 SSV has, so in terms of real dollars, the SSV would be slightly cheaper. I might do a big foam pumper/tanker at some point, but that's a long way down given my grand expansion scheme haha

  23. Horrible week for the fire community :( Prayers and thoughts goes to the families and friends affected by those heroes who sacrificed their lives in both Wilmington, DE and FDNY...

    1. ~JD~

      ~JD~

      Agreed, may they rest in peace.

    2. Edward O.

      Edward O.

      Terrible tragedies. And I am less than an hour from NYC.

  24. Due to MOC being down (again), I uploaded the new Truck 6 here on my Flickr! Truck 6 is a 2013 Pierce Arrow XT 100' rear mount tower ladder! I have yet to paint the white ladders because after several trials, I couldn't get the right thickness. I'm hoping to complete Engine 6 and Engine 107 today or tomorrow...

    1. T.J. Brammer

      T.J. Brammer

      Looks really nice, all I'm going to say is don't use spray paint, it is way too thick for the ladders.

    2. Michael P.

      Michael P.

      @T.J. Brammer Yea, I figured that out the hard way haha... I'm thinking of leaving it as it is just because it's not really an eyesore lol

    3. T.J. Brammer

      T.J. Brammer

      Yeah, my Truck 2 has white ladders on it.

  25. My parts finally arrived! I was able to complete Engine 106 yesterday, and you can view the rig here

    1. T.J. Brammer

      T.J. Brammer

      Already saw it, it looks awesome.