A well-thought-out fire apparatus is essential to your crew’s response, which is why truck planning committees spend long months and sometimes years designing their apparatus. With an infinite array of equipment that can be carried on these trucks, the compartment-planning process becomes a key focus of committees as they try to leverage a myriad of concepts to organise gear for swift response and crew safety.
OnScene Solutions has specialised in compartment solutions for 15 years with a focus on heavy-duty cargo slides, versatile LED lighting systems and in-compartment securement solutions. The US manufacturer, located in Colorado, provides these solutions to a long list of fire-truck manufacturers. Departments can also opt to purchase these solutions directly from OnScene’s online store (www.onscenesolutions.com) if there is no servicing dealer nearby. Here’s a quick look at some of the solutions OnScene offers to departments throughout the world.
OnScene offers the industry’s only anodised aluminium cargo slides. These corrosion-resistant slides use urethane wheels to provide the smoothest gliding system on the market and help to eliminate the metal-to-metal wear that typical slides exhibit. The manufacturer offers a slide for every position and solution that committees might demand, including single-direction, out-and-down and transverse configurations. Many of OnScene’s slides offer 100% extension and 450kg capacity. In Summer 2020, OnScene will offer one of the industry’s only electrically deployed cargo-lift systems, which extends out of the compartment and lowers heavy equipment to the ground with the push of a button. For compartment-planning inspiration, OnScene features a resource page on its website (www.onscenesolutions.com/fire-truck-organization) that showcases photos of compartments, organised by equipment type, to provide fire-truck design ideas.
For 2020, OnScene Solutions rolled out a completely configurable cargo tray with customisable tray separators and adjustable tie-down points. The cargo tray can also be specified with optional front and rear fold-down gates to eliminate unnecessary heavy lifting over the tray’s lip. OnScene’s new tray is designed to fit any manufacturer cargo slide, and like OnScene’s other slide products, this tray is anodised to provide the same high standard in corrosion resistance.
LED compartment lights
OnScene Solutions offers two versatile LED compartment lighting systems, both adaptable to any emergency vehicle or fire apparatus, ensuring crews can see their equipment no matter the time of day. Featuring an easy-to-install, waterproof design, these LED cargo lights are rated for 100,000 hours of service and can be used in cab/compartment or for underbody illumination. OnScene offers a variety of LED light bezels to provide attractive yet durable housings for both lighting types.
SCBA storage systems
OnScene Solutions also manufactures the revolutionary SafeTSystem, an air-cylinder storage system that allows crews to efficiently (and safely) transport air cylinders from fire apparatus to refill station or scene rehab. This modular system comprises a holder carrier that allows a single firefighter to carry four compressed cylinders at one time, an apparatus mount that secures the holder carriers in the truck, a foldable hand-cart design that stows in the apparatus and unfolds to transport eight cylinders, and the mobile station rack that provides an organised refill site for up to 24 cylinders.
Other apparatus essentials
OnScene’s other essential offerings include:
- The patented Talon helmet mounting system, designed to secure EU-style helmets inside the cab or a compartment for safe transport.
- Cargo straps to tie down loose equipment.
- Hannay reel extensions that position hose or cord deployment points further outside the compartment door, potentially eliminating damage to door seals and cords/hoses.
- Ground-illuminating rub rails, featuring bright anodised construction and recessed reflective tape.
- Aluminium hose-bed extrusions.
For more information, go to www.onscenesolutions.com