With the economy struggling, what do you do when you need new equipment? Some manufacturers are offering lease-purchase or special financing deals, or you can consider refurbishment.
When the fire chief of an American military airfield contacted Crash Truck Services at Company Two Fire Inc. about buying a mechanically new aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) truck, he had one severely limiting specification: To meet the chief’s financial guidelines, the “like-new” truck had to cost less than half the price of a new ARFF with equal suppression capacity.
The rest of the specifications were pretty standard: The mechanically new ARFF had to have 1,500 gallons of water, 250 gallons of foam, and meet OEM Part 139 requirements in force at the time of the truck’s original manufacture.
To make the deal work, Crash Truck Services agreed to remanufacture one of the many used ARFFs in its inventory: a used E-One Titan with a 1,500-gallon poly tank.
Frame and drivetrain
All body panels were inspected for damage, corrosion or worn areas, and repaired to OEM standards or replaced. The existing doors and hardware were repaired as needed. Existing interior compartment features were repaired to meet the OEM standard.
All chassis springs were inspected and replaced if they did not conform to OEM specifications. Spring clips, bushings, leaves, coils, and associated bolts and pins were replaced as needed.
The entire air brake system was remanufactured to original OEM standards. Brake drums/rotors were inspected and machined to meet OEM tolerances and/or replaced as necessary. All brake lines were inspected and replaced as needed. The brake system on the refurbished Titan remained the OEM all-wheel type with split circuits so that failure of one circuit does not cause total brake failure.
Areas that are affected by extreme heat were protected or replaced with heatproof materials. The existing air system reservoir was removed and cleaned.
Bushings, bearings, and seals were replaced as needed with new ones that meet or exceed OEM specifications. All drive lines were inspected and reinstalled with new U-Joints.
A new radiator core was installed and all radiator and heater hoses were replaced. The entire cooling system was then pressure tested for leaks and repaired as necessary.
Fire fighting systems
The fire pump was disassembled, inspected, and rebuilt. All discharge piping was checked for leaks and excessive corrosion. Any pipe section or fitting which had 10 percent thickness affected by corrosion was replaced. All valves were rebuilt and discharge valves were converted to stainless ball-type.
All bolted flanges were disassembled; all gaskets and any defective bolts were replaced. All existing pump pressure gauges were replaced with liquid filled gauges of corresponding size and pressure ratings.
The existing poly water and foam tanks were inspected and no damage or weakness was found. The inside of the tanks were thoroughly cleaned. All gaskets were replaced with non-hardening type gaskets and sealing compounds. Any damaged baffles were repaired or replaced as needed. New electric water and foam level gauges were installed in the cab and on the exterior pump panel.
The foam proportioning system was repaired to OEM condition to serve all discharge points. All materials utilized in the foam system were brass or stainless steel.
Cab and interior
The cab interior was thoroughly cleaned and all damaged panels repaired or replaced. All cab windows, excluding the windshield, were inspected and replaced as necessary. The cab windshield was cleaned and buffed, and could have been replaced if requested.
The cab roof was resealed to prevent moisture from entering the cab interior. The existing air conditioning unit was repaired and upgraded to the current 134A automotive Freon standard.
By Armen DerHohannesian , GM, Armen DerHohannesian & Associates, LLC In looking beyond recent security directives and federal legislation generated by the tragedies of 9/11, airports...