In time for our successful open house in October, Cabin John Park VFD unveiled two new pieces of emergency apparatus that will help us serve our community. First off is a Horton 603F ambulance mounted on a Ford F-450 chassis. This unit differs from most of the Montgomery County Fire/Rescue apparatus as it is not mounted on a medium-duty truck chassis (such as a Freightliner or International). This was done for the specific purpose of having four-wheel-drive capabilities so that the unit can better serve the station 30 area that includes Great Falls Park, which has many dirt trails that can be accessed by four wheel drive vehicles. Four-wheel-drive vehicles also better handle the inclement weather that has been known to sometimes make an appearance in greater DC Metropolitan area. Other features of the soon to be Medic 730 include an upgraded interior, a comfortable air-ride system, as well as a modern and full-featured lighting package that significantly increases visibility while maintaining a subtle appearance when not in use.
The second vehicle unveiled at the open house is a Chevrolet Suburban 2500 (likely to be designated Car 710 or Chief 710 depending on staffing). The Suburban was outfitted by Odyssey Specialty Vehicles, who is known for making the many command vehicles used by The Fire Department of New York City. The Suburban was displayed at this year’s Ocean City Firefighter’s Convention and includes custom cabinetry that includes storage for PPE and SCBA, as well as a command center in the rear of the vehicle. The Suburban will primarily be used as a command vehicle, but like all other command vehicles can also act as an additional boat support unit when weather dictates that additional boats and personnel be staffed.
Both vehicles were funded in large part by donations from the community which we serve. Both units were purchased with the help of Fesco Emergency Sales in Elkridge, MD. Cabin John Park VFD has had a long, good-standing relationship with the folks at Fesco. The Suburban is already in service and the new Medic 730 will be in service soon – it is currently being looked over by both volunteer and career personnel at station 30 to design ideal equipment layouts and get training on a chassis that is new and different from what Medic 730 has been in the past.
Before you ask, yes both are equipped with Cabin John’s signature apparatus feature – Martin Horns.
For more photos, see Fesco’s Facebook Page here.