All fire apparatus is numbered to facilitate radio communication with the Columbia County 911 dispatch center and other fire companies that may be operating at an emergency scene.
The assigned identification number for the Austerlitz Volunteer Fire Company is 80, therefore all apparatus begins with that number.
80-12 is our “Class A Pumper.” The truck is a state-of-the-art 2017 Kenworth with an Allison automatic transmission delivered by Spartan. This truck carries 1000 gallons of water and 30 gallons of foam for the CAFS (Compressed Air Foam System) which is used to suffocate the fire. The One-Touch CAFS system uses 20% of the water of a conventional system. The truck is also equipped with a Hale 1250 GPM pump.
The truck carries 1000 feet of large diameter 5” hose (LDH) for water supply. It has 2 pre-connected 1 ¾” “attack lines” and another 300’ in reserve. It also has 300’ of 2 1/2” firefighting hose with a high volume nozzle. A permanently mounted deck gun, capable of delivering 500 gallons per minute for a distance of over 100 feet, is a new addition to this apparatus, representing a new capability for our fire company. Additionally, 80-12 has 3 10’ lengths of “hard suction” hose which enables the truck to draw water from hydrants, ponds, & rivers. It can also be supplied with water from another pumper or from tanker trucks.
80-12 carries six “air-packs” which are used by “entry firefighters.” Each air-pack is equipped with a portable radio which is integrated into the air-pack face masks. The radio makes a dangerous job somewhat safer as each firefighter can communicate with other firefighters and the incident commander.
Other equipment carried on 80-12 include ladders, forced entry tools, Sawzall and chainsaw, 6.5 kW Honda generator, an up to date “Jaw of Life” system, and many other tools to assist the firefighter.
80-12 additionally carries an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED). Each truck in the company also has a Garmin GPS unit to assist the firefighters to quickly locate residences in the town.
When 80-12 arrives first at a fire it is set up to directly fight the fire where other apparatus would act in a support capacity.