Foam Tender Unit

firebuffkevin

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In 1991, FDNY purchased a new style foam unit,  built by Saulsbury in a 1992 Mack MR chassis.  I understand that it was the first foam unit ever purchased new.  

Does anyone know the history of the unit?  Where was it housed, when was it deployed etc.

Is the unit still in service?
 

anesti

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its at 238 i think it responds in on 10-86 codes, its still in service last time i saw it responding was in 2005. Dont now if it will ever replaced by a newer model.
 

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anesti said:
its at 238 i think it responds in on 10-86 codes, its still in service last time i saw it responding was in 2005. Dont now if it will ever replaced by a newer model.

Thanks for the response.  As far as replacing it, I would think that a special rig like this should have a good shelf life.
 

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anesti said:
its at 238 i think it responds in on 10-86 codes, its still in service last time i saw it responding was in 2005. Don't now if it will ever replaced by a newer model.

You are correct. I found a picture of it on FDNY  Trucks at E238 Brooklyn.

http://www.fdnytrucks.com/files/html/brooklyn/e238.htm
 

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I may be wrong but i dont think this is around anymore. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
 

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The Foam Tender, FDNY registration MF 9201, a 1992 Mack MR with a Saulsbury XD body, has three 1,000 gallon tanks, and a 200 gpm Edwards rotary gear foam pump.  It is not rated at "3000 GPM" as earlier indicated above.  

The unit is assigned on 10-86 signals, and is cross-staffed by Engine 238, backup is Engine 325.
 

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It's still around.  Last time I remember it being called was the plane crash in the Hudson.
 

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Being that I live 4 blocks away, I'll tell you that she is still in service. I think it's gonna be around for awhile and when it's time is up I'd be really shocked if they get another one. If it used a full load of foam more than 5 times I wouldn't believe it. They do occaisionally respond to incidents, but rarely use it.
 

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A few years ago on Long Island when foam was needed for a  tanker fire on the LIE and Sagtikos Pkwy one of the MacArthur Airport rigs responded and applied a lot of foam - perhaps an arrangement could be put in place (if not already) to call the Port Authority for their asistance - any thoughts?
 

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The FOAM tender is still in service looks a little beat up now as it's getting older.  Was detailed out there not too long ago to drive it for the tour.  It has 3 1000 gallon tanks but I think 1 of them is OOS.

Remember FDNY also has the FOAM units which carry 1000 gallons, hose and other foam stuff.  So I don't think we need any help with FOAM from outside of the FDNY.  PAPD has worked incidents outside of the airports but don't see FDNY getting into any formal agreements, some turf issues.
 

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efd274 said:
A few years ago on Long Island when foam was needed for a  tanker fire on the LIE and Sagtikos Pkwy one of the MacArthur Airport rigs responded and applied a lot of foam - perhaps an arrangement could be put in place (if not already) to call the Port Authority for their assistance - any thoughts?

Interesting. When the airliner crashed on the north shore of Nassau in Cove's Neck, Port Authority sent a contingent of Crash trucks to the scene.  Also Mayor Dinkins sent about two dozen EMS ambulances.  The ambulance service at the time was run by HHC.
 
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