Apparatus

The Platteville Fire department responds to fires using the following fire engines and trucks.

Engine 1

This truck is our pumper used for rural fires (fires that happen outside of the city limits away from hydrant water). The truck is a 1995 Darley capable of pumping 1,500 gallons of water per minute. It has an off-road suspension and a 4x4 drive train. It carries hoses, hand tools, SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus), ladders and miscellaneous equipment.

Tower 1

This truck is a 95 Foot ladder platform that was placed into service in 2001. Tower 1 is used for both fire calls and rescue calls. It carries hoses, ropes, SCBA, hand tools, and various specialized rescue equipment including high angle rope rescue and confined space. This truck responds to all structure fires within the city limits of Platteville and to mutual aid calls from other communities when requested.

Truck 2

This truck is a water tender that carries water from a water source (such as a city hydrant) to country fire scenes. This truck is a 2012 Pierce apparatus on a Navastar chasis with a tank capable of holding 2100 gallons of water. It also carries folding tanks to dump the water into for the pumpers to use on scene, extra hose and miscellaneous tools.

Engine 3

This truck is our 2007 primary city pumper. It is an E-1 pumper equipped with CAFS (Compressed Air Foam system) which can greatly reduce the amount of water needed in putting out a fire. It carries hoses, hand tools, SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus), ladders and miscellaneous equipment.

Truck 4

This truck is our secondary water tender. This one is a 1997 GMC that is also capable of carrying 1850 gallons of water. It also carries folding tanks, some extra hose and miscellaneous tools.

Truck 5

This truck is our brush rig. It is a 1997 GMC one-ton 4x4 pick-up truck. It carries 250 gallons of water in a small tank and has a 500 gallon per minute mini-pump pre-connected to a hose reel. This truck carries equipment to fight grass fires, a steel cable winch, a foam pack, along with some other miscellaneous tools.

Truck 6

This truck is our rescue/equipment truck and mobile command center. It is a 2009 Pierce Saber equipped with a high-power light tower. Truck 6 responds to all of our calls. The rear section of the truck has our JAWS of life equipment and cribbing used to stabilize vehicles. It also carries SCBA, thermal imaging cameras, chain saws, ventilation fans, a steel cable winch, extra radios, digital camera, hand tools, and other miscellaneous equipment.

Truck 7

This rig is a six-wheel off road vehicle. This vehicle can service two different needs. This rig has two slide-in units. The first one is a 150 gpm portable pump with water and foam for remote location fires that other vehicles cannot reach. The second one accommodates a stokes basket for transporting injured people from off-road locations where ambulances cannot drive. This rig was purchased in 2005.

Engine 8

This truck is our second city pumper. It is almost identical to Engine 1 except it does not have the 4x4 drive train or off-road suspension. It was purchased in 1996. It is often used for mutual aid calls and supports Tower 1 wherever it goes.

Engine 9

This truck is our back-up pumper and cribbing hauler. It is a 1982 Pierce Arrow with a 1,500 gpm pump. It has an internal tank holding 1,500 gallons of water. Truck 9 has a foam pack and carries much of the department's cribbing used to stabilize vehicles at accident scenes. Truck 9 typically goes to all JAWS of life calls. It is also used during country fires to fill the water tenders.

Truck 10

This truck is our support vehicle for any type of call to which we may respond. It is a 2011 Ford F350 Crew Cab pickup truck. It is used for hauling any equipment necessary for the type of call we have including road cones for auto accident calls, rakes for grass fire calls, hose for any fire call, and air bottles for our air packs.

Truck 11

This is our fire inspector's vehicle. This vehicle is a 1997 Chevy Tahoe. It is used primarily by the fire inspector to go from business to business to do fire inspections on a biannual basis. It is also used as a command vehicle to support all types of fire calls similar to truck 10.