Engine 1 is our primary Pumper, with capability of pumping 1,250 gpm (gallons per minute). This truck is first due on Structure Fires, Carbon Monoxide calls, Smoke Investigations and is also a support vehicle for Motor Vehicle Accidents plus more. This truck carries 5 personnel, 1,000 gallons of water, Ventilation saws, fans, a Rapid Intervention Team pack, and can automatically mix Class A foam with the flip of a switch. E1 is also equipped LDH (large diameter hose) to meet NFPA Standards for either hydrant to pump or relay pump operations.
Engine 2 is a multi-purpose truck. While E2 can pump 750 gpm, it also carries 2,000 gallons of water, with "quick-dump" chutes to haul water as a tender truck. The Pre-Connected Attack Lines can also produce both Class A and Class B foam with a special foam-inducing nozzle. This truck is also our second truck to respond to MVA's (Motor Vehicle Accidents) and Medical Emergencies, equipped with an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and extra stabilization tools for overturned and unstable vehicles.
Tanker 1 is the oldest truck in our fleet, and soon to be replaced. The primary objective of this apparatus is to provide drop-tanks (pools) and haul water to a fire scene. The drop-tanks are set out next to an Engine to provide water when fire hydrants are not available. If you are a resident of Split Rock Township, you know how few hydrants are around. All rural fire departments are very used to hauling water to a fire scene! The average well-involved structure fire can take more than 30,000-50,000 gallons of water to extinguish. This is also why you will see other agencies show up in our township (ie. Brandon Fire Department, Valley Springs Fire Department, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and more). We work very close with our neighboring communities to provide quality fire protection.
Grass Rig is also know as Wildland in many departments. This truck carries 350 gallons of water and is very agile in most of our territory. Equipped with a foam Pro-Pak, a medical jump pack and a small pump, Grass Rig can accomplish many tasks in the worst of conditions. In the wintertime, Grass Rig has a snowplow to assist on those snowy nights and has proven its usefulness more than once!
Rescue is our most used truck, running nearly 80% of our calls. In recent years, over 70% of our calls are for medical emergencies. Medical emergencies range from sick people to cardiac arrests to all types of trauma. Although we are a smaller fire department, we are blessed that this truck is equipped with the Jaws-of-Life, a generator, lighting, a sophisticated AED, trauma kits and other life-preserving equipment.