The Westport Fire Department Fleet is comprised of several different types of emergency response vehicles. They range widely in use from fire suppression, medical rescue to water rescue and recovery. They are further categorized with the designation “front-Line” or “reserve”. Front-line apparatus are the first to respond in emergencies and reserve are typically used when front-line apparatus is out of service or they are needed at a large scale incident.
Engines are the primary response apparatus for fires in structures. Engines carry water, hose, water pump, ground ladders, air packs and a variety of tools. Due to a lack of fire hydrants in this community most of our engines carry large amounts of water relative to engines in communities with a municipal water system. The apparatus listed below are listed first with the units type and numerical designation (Engine 1). Then we list the year of manufacture followed by the chassis manufacturer and then the fire apparatus manufacturer (2005 Freightliner/Crimson). They are further designated with 2 numbers, the first number is the pump size or gallons per minute capacity and the second number is the size of the water tank in gallons. (1250/1800)
Engine 1 is what is commonly referred to as a pumper/tanker due to the large size of the water tank. In addition to the items typically found on an engine, she also carries a 3000 gallon portable folding tank that allows water storage at the scene of large fires. This engine replaced Tanker 1 at the Central Village station and is used primarily as water supply.
Engine 2 is first due from the Briggs Road Station. Engine 2 was the first Westport engine to incorporate a Class A foam system to aid in the extinguishment of structure fires
2005 Spartan/Smeal 1500/500
105’ Steel Aerial
Technically what is referred to as a “Quint”, based on the fact that she combines the functions of both a traditional engine and ladder company. Ladder 7 carries a variety of technical rescue and vehicle extrication equipment including hydraulic extrication tools (jaws). The enclosed cab allows up to 6 firefighters to ride seated and belted for safety.
The 105 foot all steel ladder is required not so much for elevation but for reach. The hydraulics allows a single firefighter to deploy the aerial ladder as opposed to the 3 firefighter required to raise a 35 foot ground ladder. The aerial has an elevated master stream capable of delivering 1250 GPM to the top of the ladder.
Purchased with funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in 2005,Westport received this AFG award in the first round of this highly competitive grant based on the fact that Westport had no aerial ladder and as part of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the Insurance Service Organization (ISO) recommendation for fire response.
Ladder 7 is the first Westport Apparatus to have the “Chicago” style paint scheme of black over red. The 2 seals on the ladder sign are in honor of the 343 firefighters of the Fire Department of New York killed September 11, 2001 and the 6 Worcester firefighters killed in the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse December 3, 1999 whose sacrifice was a catalyst to the development of the AFG program.
Formerly Engine 3
2000 Ford/KME 500/400
All wheel drive and a powerful front winch makes this an ideal off road vehicle for field and forest fires in remote areas. The pump can deliver Class A foam to aid in extinguishment.
Special Operations Unit (Formerly Rescue 2)
2003 Chevrolet/Wheeled Coach
Special Op’s is a reconfigured medical rescue set up to carry a variety of technical and water rescue equipment. The enclosed back allows rescue divers a warm dry area to change into wetsuits.
Medical Rescue 1
Medical Rescue 2
Medical Rescue 3
formerly Rescue 1
The Westport fire department is responsible for the protection of 12 square miles of water including 35 miles of coastline comprised of 3 barrier beaches, 2 rivers and several ponds such as the South Watuppa, Sawdy, Devol, Cockeast and Richmond Ponds. We do this with a small fleet of marine craft including the fire boat Erving C. Hammond, a 14 foot Stur-Dee skiff and 2 jet skis.
The Jet Skis are the newest addition to the Fire Department fleet and allow a rapid deployment to the scene of a rescue swimmer and pilot to quickly aid victims in the water.
Erving C. Hammond
1988 Volvo Penta (former Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Workboat)
Keel 24 feet Beam 8 feet Draft 22 inches
Military Hull Designation 24WB832
Built by the Mon-Ark Boat Company of Monticello, AR.
Christened the Erving C. Hammond after Westport’s first fire chief, members of the department continued the tradition of Chief Hammond by providing time and talent to refit her for firefighting, rescue and recovery work. The front water turret is capable of delivering 400 GPM. She is also capable of deploying the nearly 1500 feet of floating booms used by the Fire Department in the event of a large scale oil spill.