Rescue 1 is now on a 2019 Seagrave Marauder II chassis, replacing the Spartan Gladiator. The former rig will be repurposed for rehab and command purposes.
About this creation
The motto “Wreck-scue Maniacs” comes from the fact that Rescue 1 primarily runs extrication calls. This is due to its central location and proximity to several major freeways.
Yes, the cab doors do open and reveal vast space for crew members. Accessible from the cab is the partial walk-in compartment where suits and high frequency tools are stored.
The slide-out provides a command area for extended calls.
The numerous decals indicate areas of expertise for all rescue company members (Fire, EMS, tech rescue, dive, hazmat).
All compartments open, revealing vast storage for all the tools and equipment.
The motto “Outstanding” is a tribute to the late Captain Terence Hatton of FDNY Rescue 1 who made the supreme sacrifice along with more than 300 of New York’s Bravest on Sept. 11, 2001.
The rear stores lumber and shoring equipment. A Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera is very useful for search and rescue and hazmat situations.
Top of the rig will store additional long equipment such as the rescue tripod and the inflatable raft. The 185-cfm air compressor can also be seen here. Moving it to the top of the rig freed up space in the compartment below.
Coffin compartments open.
The 25-ft body provides the optimal space for equipment and personnel.
One of the biggest design overhauls is the removal of the side-entry door on the officer’s side, which became redundant as members typically entered via the cab. Removing the door created a new storage location for the high frequency tools that previously were loosely stored and could move around when the vehicle is moving and also posed a threat to first responders should the unthinkable happen and the apparatus rolls over.
The cab can comfortably seat the 6 firefighters (Captain, Apparatus Operator, 4 firefighters) assigned to the rescue per shift.
The “Big House” phrase is due to Station 1 being the largest Station in Castle Beach.
The NightScan PowerLite device lights up any scene!
Top of the rig shows the HVAC system to regulate conditions inside the cab/walk-in compartment.
Here, the partial walk-in compartment (with the slide-out deployed) can be seen.
Old Rescue 1 (left) will be transitioned to become a rehab/command vehicle for the department. Plans are to house it at Station 3 after it returns from a brief refurbishment by the department shops.
Additional changes made to the new Rescue 1 include a forward facing scene light, which is useful for vehicle accidents during the night. The “1” on the grill was made even larger on the new rig!
While both rigs have 25-ft bodies, the new rig enhanced use of available space as recommended by Rescue 1 members.
Special thanks to Jeff B for designing the company patch!
Rescue 1 has received their latest rig, a 2019 Seagrave Marauder II/SVI heavy rescue! This rig replaces the 2017 Spartan Gladiator which will receive some minor upgrades before being placed back in service as Rehab/Command 3. Like the previous generation of rescues, this apparatus has a partial walk-in compartment that stores the wet/dry suits, ALS equipment, and forcible entry tools. Also, a custom slide out increases interior space for command purposes. Unlike the prior rigs, the side door to the walk-in compartment was eliminated as the crew primarily enters through the cab. This allowed design engineers to add storage solutions for high frequency tools. Another new change for the rig was to move the air compressor to the top of the rig to free up space in the compartments.
Rescue 1 is staffed by 6 men and responds to calls in the northern half of the city, while Rescue 2 handles the southern half. The compartments hold a wide variety of tools for various rescue applications including confined space rescue, high angle rescue, trench rescue, vehicle extrication, underwater/swift water rescue, and hazmat.
2019 Seagrave Marauder II/SVI Heavy Rescue
455-hp Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine
Allison EVS 4000 automatic transmission
25,000-lb. hydraulic rear winch
12,000-lb. front Ramsey winch
20-kW Onan hydraulic PTO-driven generator
185-cfm Vanair PTO-driven air compressor
Federal Signal Q2B Siren
Motorola Spectra Siren
Grover Air horns
Forcible entry tools
Holmatro extraction tools
Cribbing and airbags for stabilization
48' of ground ladders
Level-A personal protective gear and immersion suits
Arcair Slice MAPP and oxyacetylene cutting tools
4 different kinds of saws
10- 20- and 30-ton jacks
Rocco rope systems
Air manifold cart with assorted tools
Pipeline keys (water and gas)
.45-caliber line guns
2- and 3-ton grip hoists
Gas and electric generators
Thermal imaging cameras
Sperian Warrior 45-min SCBAs with spare tanks
Credits: David H for the compartments
Jeff B for the decal design and inspiration
James K for the Seagrave Marauder II inspiration
Anthony D and James K for inspiring the motto
LAFD USAR 88
FDNY Rescue 1
Yes, this marks the return of a 7-wide body (my first rescue also had a 7-wide body)! Additional challenges include making the actual doors for the cab and cutting the decals