Motor City Blog by Dan Jasina
Beginning in 2000, the City of Detroit has spent millions of dollars on new
fire apparatus, to bring the fleet up to current standards and good working
order. In the year 2000, fourteen American LaFrance pumpers and one Sutphen
platform were delivered. Six rear-mounts and two tillers built by Pierce were
delivered in 2001, along with three American LaFrance tillers and an Advanced
Containment Systems, Inc. decontamination trailer.
The only delivery for 2002 was a Pierce quint assigned to Engine 48.
Pierce continued deliveries in 2003 with five pumpers and nine rear-mount
aerials. Sutphen delivered another mid-mount aerial platform assigned to Ladder
7. During 2003 and 2004 eight Spartan/SVI fully enclosed rescue squads were
delivered. This was quite a culture shock, after using the "bread wagon" style
squads for the last twenty-five years. Pierce delivered another five
pumpers, two rear-mount aerials and a haz-mat unit in 2005, twelve pumpers in
2007 and four rear-mount aerials in 2008. Sadly, with all of these deliveries,
the Seagrave name is no long present on the DFD roster. A total of 217 Seagrave
apparatus were purchased between 1907 and 1996.
Recapping 2000-2008 purchases: Thirty-six pumpers (fourteen American LaFrance,
twenty-two Pierce), one Pierce quint, twenty-eight aerials (two Sutphen, three
American LaFrance, twenty-three Pierce), eight Spartan/SVI squads, one Pierce
haz-mat unit and one ACSI decon trailer.