The fleet upgrade project is a multi-year project that represents the culmination of efforts begun over five years ago. - Photo: Ohio State Fire Marshall's Office

The fleet upgrade project is a multi-year project that represents the culmination of efforts begun over five years ago.

Photo: Ohio State Fire Marshall's Office

The State of Ohio Fire Training Academy has taken possession of two new fire apparatus for firefighters to train on, the first upgrades to the Fire Academy’s 25-year-old fleet. They feature technological upgrades critical for training today’s modern firefighters and fire and aerial apparatus operators.

The fleet upgrade project is a multi-year project that represents the culmination of efforts begun over five years ago. Both trucks — a 2020 Sutphen SPH-100 aerial platform and a 2020 Sutphen custom cab pumper — were acquired through an aggressive open bid process that came in 12% under budget, on a project totaling $1.65 million.

Featuring an electronic engine management system; electronic pump controls; reverse safety cameras; and 1500 gallons per minute 2-stage, Waterous pump with Class A & B foam system, the new pumper replaces a 1998 Pierce fire engine mounted on an International commercial chassis.

The 100-foot aerial platform features an electronic engine management system, electronic pump and aerial boom controls, reverse and outrigger safety cameras, 1500 gallons-per-minute Waterous pump, stokes basket arms, and parapet wall ladder mounted to the bucket. It replaces a 1995 E-One pumper with a Tele-squirt elevated master stream.

The apparatus are built in Central Ohio by Stuphen Fire, an Ohio based company. These vehicles are managed by the state’s Office of Fleet Management, part of the Department of Administrative Services.

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