Oil field protection with a Snozzle HRET

Published:  07 October, 2015

DELIVERY: Pierce Manufacturing has delivered a Pierce Arrow XT fire apparatus with the Snozzle High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) to the Malaga Volunteer Fire Department in Eddy County, New Mexico.

The apparatus has already proven itself in several emergency responses, protecting crude oil pumping and storage facilities located throughout southern New Mexico and West Texas.

‘On a single day, in particular – during the aftermath of a lightning storm – the apparatus traveled more than 300 miles and its crew put out four different tank battery fires,’ explained Pecos Davis, fire chief for Malaga Volunteer Fire Department. ‘On another occasion, we responded to a series of tank battery fires with a neighbouring district. They were fighting it with hand lines trying to put it out. We pulled up with the Snozzle, set the foam percentage at three%, and put it out within 15 minutes.’

‘The Snozzle apparatus gives us faster set-up time, greater reach, higher volume flow, and instant access to lots of foam. Most important, it keeps our firefighters further out of harm’s way,’ said Robert Brader, director of fire services for Eddy County, New Mexico. ‘Fires that would have taken two to three hours to put out are now taking 20 minutes or even less. Plus, we have hundreds of miles of dirt and gravel roads that support the oilfield infrastructure, so we’re not driving this rig on pretty asphalt. We’re taking it onto rough roads and, here, the TAK-4 independent front suspension has made a world of difference.’

The Pierce Arrow XT apparatus features a 500 hp engine, a four-door cab, seating for four firefighters, TAK-4 independent front suspension, tandem rear axles, and advanced electronics.  The vehicle also sports a Pierce Snozzle HRET with a 15m reach, a Husky 12 single-agent foam system, a 4731-litre poly water tank, a 757-litre foam cell, 3,480m of 1.5m hose and 152m of 76cm hose.

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