Amelia County Takes Delivery of New Heavy Rescue

Rescue 1, Amelia County VFD

In rural Amelia County, located about 35 miles southwest of Richmond, a new heavy rescue will soon be responding to fires, auto accidents, and other emergencies throughout the county.

Department members took delivery of the new rig, designated Rescue 1, in late December, and anticipate having it in service in February.

Built by Rescue-1 of Manasquan, New Jersery on a Spartan LFD chassis, it has a 380 horsepower Cummins to motivate it to the scene.  The black-over-red paint scheme is a first for Amelia County as well.  Rescue 1 seats six, and features a small command desk and storage cabinets in the cab, including locking storage for ALS supplies.  Located within the front bumper are two Hurst extrication tools, both hooked to their own 100′ hydraulic reels, and a remote switch allows the tools to be activated from the bumper itself.

The fully-extruded aluminum 18’9″ body has a great number of features:

  • 35kW Generator
  • Two 200′ electric cord reels
  • 9000 watt Will-Burt light tower
  • Concealed Sta-Dri hopper
  • Two-bottle air-cascade system
  • Space Saver SCBA refill station
  • Nine space air cylinders

The rear of the body also features a powered staircase.  In the stowed position, the staircase gives access to the four coffin compartments on top.  However, when raised, a large pull-out tool board will gives access to a large pull-out tool storage assembly.  Every inch of space has been used, making for a very well laid-out vehicle.

Rescue 1 will replace a 1995 International 4700/Hackney, which is being assigned to Company 3 (Jetersville) as a hazmat/air vehicle.

Special thanks to Chief Roy Easter for his assistance with this article.


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