Here is our 1979 Chevy 4WD minipumper. This truck was purchased new, and has less than 8000 miles. Truck 1 has been the workhorse of the department. It currently responds to car wrecks, medical runs, and brush/field fires.

Before we got our pumper this truck was also our main fire truck. Just imagine this truck also loaded down with a generator, air packs, an exhaust fan, and plenty of other equipment for fighting structure fires. Needless to say, we were very happy to get the pumper and take some of the equipment off this truck. It had too many jobs to do, and couldn't do any of them very well.

Future plans call for a brush truck so we can take some more equipment/weight off this truck. Truck 1 has wimpy tires, too much weight, and open differentials, so it doesn't do very good offroad. It would make an excellent second-out brush truck for less demanding terrain.

The truck carries 300 gallons of water, and has a small portable pump. It carries an assortment of 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" hose. We recieved the booster reel from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. A Darley Dolphin floating pump can be seen on top of the tank. The telescoping lights are 12VDC.


Drivetrain - 350 V-8 (wish it was a 454), SM465 4-speed transmission, NP205 transfer case, Dana 60 front axle, GM 14-bolt rear axle, 4.56 gears.

Body - The utility body was manufactured by Reading Company, and was purchased with the truck from the Chevy dealer. It has adequate storage space. We recently lined the compartments with DriDeck.

Radio - We use RELM SMV4099 radios exclusively in our department. 99 channels, 40 watts, PL/DPL tones, small size, simple to use, and we can program them ourselves. We get them from Communications Electronics. We use 3db MaxRad antennas for that extra 'kick'.

Click here to see our upgrade of Truck 1.

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