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Posted - Apr 13 2011 :  16:02:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The one in the picture I believe is manufactured by Crash Rescue out of Dallas. It appears to have a poly body based on upper curve to the rear body.

Not positive, however I would imagine that if there is a protest it's probably by them.

They have manufactured several of these units for army, navy, and air force already. They're also selling them in the private sector as well.
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Posted - Apr 26 2011 :  08:45:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by wlfd34

Gochargers does that unit have the ultra high pressure system? The ones contracted for last year are supposed to have ultra high pressure with a waterous pump, something like 65gpm @ 1650psi

The pump is our model CPT-4UH, and is rated for 90 GPM @ 1350 PSI. The spec sheet for it is available here:

Nate Zenker
Waterous Company
Pump Service & Training Specialist
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Posted - May 27 2011 :  18:04:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rapid intervention vehicle (RIV) contract protest resolved: The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia previously awarded a contract to Pierce Manufacturing to build the AF 90 P-34 RIVs valued at $13.7M; however, the contract award was protested by another manufacturer and Pierce was issued a stop work order. The protest has now been resolved and the stop work order has been lifted. Pierce can begin building these new vehicles that will be equipped with new Ultra High Pressure Firefighting Technology. The first production model vehicle will be available for our inspection in the Sep 11 timeframe. (Mr Podolske, HQ AFCESA/CEXF, DSN 523-6321).
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Posted - Jun 28 2011 :  09:04:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

6/23/2011 - TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- Soon Air Force firefighters will have a new weapon in their arsenal. The P-34 Rapid Intervention Vehicle will be in production by late September 2011. The Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency here has been the driving force behind this initiative.

"This will be the first firefighting vehicle in the U.S. Air Force to use new ultra-high pressure firefighting technology," said Jim Podolske, an AFCESA firefighting subject matter expert.

This technology, developed and tested by Air Force Research Laboratory officials here, allows the vehicle to discharge a mixture of water and firefighting foam at 1,350 psi. This increased pressure makes the vehicle 3 to 3.5 times more effective than conventional firefighting vehicles and increases the length of time a vehicle can remain on the scene without having to be resupplied.

Mr. Podolske explains, "For example, a 1,000-gallon vehicle that discharges 1,000 gallons per minute yields one minute of firefighting capability at the scene," Mr. Podolske. "With new UHP technology, that same 1,000-gallon vehicle is now equivalent to 3,500 gallons of firefighting capability."

With a capacity of 500 gallons of aggregate firefighting agent, the P-34 RIV will be smaller and more agile than the older vehicles currently in the Air Force's crash response fleet. Built on a Ford F550 chassis with an enhanced front axle, the cab is designed to accommodate three firefighters and their equipment. The UHP turret, mounted on the front bumper, is powered by a four-stage, high-pressure centrifugal pump that discharges 60 gallons of firefighting agent per minute. The turret is designed to be joystick operated by the driver in the cab. The RIV can deploy the UHP turret while modulating around the fire, or from a static position.

The vehicle also has two 200-foot hand lines that output 15 gallons per minute to allow firefighters to perform interior firefighting operations and rescue.

"We can operate the turret and two hand lines simultaneously," Mr. Podolske said. "This new UHP technology can also penetrate a hidden fire or a 3-D running fuel fire without impacting the safety of our firefighters."

At less than $160,000 each, the RIV will replace the authorization for the older P-19 vehicle, some of which have been in service since the 1980s.

"In 2010, the average price tag to replace a 1,000 gallon P-19 was $564,000 each," Mr. Podolske said. "The new 500-gallon UHP truck has the firefighting capability of a 1,500 to 1,750-gallon vehicle at a cost that's significantly less. The Air Force is in the process of buying at least 207 RIVs, which will reduce the age of our vehicle fleet and also help us buy down our vehicle recapitalization rate. That means there is a potential cost-avoidance savings as high as $84 million."

In June, Mr. Podolske along with Air Force vehicle procurement officials, an engineer, and an Air Force special vehicles mechanic will travel to Pierce Manufacturing in Bradenton, Fla. to discuss the RIV production plans.

"We will go through every line item, every specification on every part to make sure the vehicle manufacturer meets the commercial item description requirements for this vehicle," Mr. Podolske said. "From this meeting, the manufacturer will build the first production vehicle. We'll also discuss delivery and training schedules for each installation."

In September, the group will return to inspect the first RIV production model and take it through an exhaustive battery of operational, mechanical and safety tests. Concurrent inspections will also be conducted through a third-party tester.

Once production begins, every Air Force installation is on the schedule to receive at least one P-34s. Fighter aircraft bases and larger bases are scheduled receive multiple units. The first 90 vehicles produced have already been assigned to installations, with the Tyndall AFB Fire Emergency Services Flight receiving the first.

"Over the course of this process, AFCESA will also provide two RIVs to the Special Vehicle Maintenance School in Port Hueneme, Calif., so our Air Force vehicle maintainers can effectively learn how to sustain and maintain these vehicles at the base level," Mr. Podolske said. "We will also develop curriculum to show firefighters how to properly inspect, operate and maintain the vehicle. This is serious business. This vehicle will be in the Air Force inventory for a minimum of 12 years, allowing firefighters to save lives and protect vital Air Force assets."

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Posted - Jun 28 2011 :  13:34:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In June, Mr. Podolske along with Air Force vehicle procurement officials, an engineer, and an Air Force special vehicles mechanic will travel to Pierce Manufacturing in Bradenton, Fla. to discuss the RIV production plans.

God help us......
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Posted - Oct 19 2012 :  09:07:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How many bases are happy with the new RIV? How many problems are you having with them, and are you utilizing the way they should be used? Have they taken away any other ARFF vehicles on your vehicle set because of this vehicle.
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colo firefighter

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Posted - Oct 22 2012 :  09:44:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have two and I have to say I was skeptical. I started out thinking this idea was just plain stupid. However, we took our to a place where we could burn real fuel, not the pretend LP fires the AF loves. The RIV's work. The handlines are much more effective than the turret. We have not had any maintenance issues as of yet. I think the design of the cab is weak. There is no place for the drivers SCBA. We have modified the rear seat area for additional tools and SCBAs. We also added ladder rack. We just saw a design at SVI for a brush truck interior for a crew cab. This would work great for the back seat of the RIV's. All in all, the AF may have done this one right. We lost our P-19's but kept our Stryker.
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