The Tarkington VFD received this ex-military M35A1 2-1/2 ton "deuce-and-a-half" truck from the Texas Forestry Service in 2002. The truck was converted for fire suppression use in September 2004 using a grant from the TFS. TVFD had received a 600 gallon aluminum tank from TFS also, so this was used as a starting point. To this was attached a auxillary-engine pump powered by a 18HP Honda capable of up to 125 GPM and 375 PSI. The pump panel was located inside the cab for easy access and an around-the-pump foam system installed. A booster reel with 100 feet of booster hose was added, as was a ground nozzle and a 1-1/2 inch hose connection. A large brush bumper was then fabricated for the truck. The truck is the third responding unit on ground cover fires. With it's auxillary engine powered pump it can pump and roll and the onboard foam system means Class A foam can be used on brush fires, extending the firefighting capabilities. It's six-wheel drive capability and oversized brush bumper mean it can go places other apparatus do not even dare to go.
The specs are as follows:
|Pump Type:||Auxillary-engine driven|
|Pump Size:||125 GPM|
|Tank Size:||600 gallons|
|Engine Type:||LDS465 multi-fuel|
|Transmission Type||5 speed manual|
TVFD would like to thank Dick Plank at Cleveland Supply and the Tarkington SUD for their donations that made this truck possible.