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Sat, Oct 28th, 2017, 17:19 pm

Currently in the shop,  Swatara Engine 91-4, (Engine with a Ladder) ,  Swatara Truck 456 next in!  Paxtonia TDA, done!  Harrisburg Fire Wagon 4, done!   Chambersburg Tower 1, Done!  We also are, as always, making more mounting brackets for Fire Hooks Unlimited!  The best Firefighting Handtools deserve the best brackets. SFES makes all FHU Brackets, right here, in downtown Middletown PA!

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Paxtonia Truck 34, Seagrave Tractor Drawn Aerial


 

Fri, Oct 27th, 2017, 10:31 am

The sign on the Aerial Ladder reads, "Hook & Ladder 34".    The Paxtonia Fire Company motto, a Latin phrase,  printed on the compartment door, reads "Opera Non Verbus", which translates to "deeds not words".   Combine Hook & Ladder 34 with opera non verbus, and what do you get????  You get one amazing piece of Firefighting Apparatus, ready and equipped to perform the "Deed" of "Truck Operations"!!!    Truck 34 is, a straight  forward, no nonsense, Ladder Truck, with alot of ground ladders, alot of hooks, and a great layout to get the "deed" done!   

Chief Dustin Ross, called a year ahead, to make sure that Truck 34, had a spot on the Calendar at Specialized Fire (SFES).  Specialized Fire was involved in the Final Inspection at Seagrave, and then awaited delivery to Pennsylvania.  The Paxtonia Fire, Truck Committee, had an awesome plan, detailing equipment location.  Truck 34 and the equipment was delivered to the SFES shop, and work commenced.  The firefighting crew from "34" stopped weekly, to monitor progress and exchange ideas with the "old heads" at SFES.    The end result,is a sum of the premise, on which Truck 34 was destined to become,  " Hook and Ladder 34" !   

Thanks to the Paxtonia Fire Co and Truck Committee, for allowing SFES to provide equipment mounting for Truck 34!  Maximum adjustability, durability, and space utilization, will remain the priority at SFES!  and as Chief Ross exclaimed upon completion of the project, "the equipment mounting at SFES, stands the test of time"!   enough said! 

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Swatara Engine 91-5, Rutherford's Enforcer


 

Mon, Aug 14th, 2017, 7:25 am

Swatara Engine 91-5 arrived at the SFES shop with compartments "wide open".  With tablet in hand, the SFES crew listened to Chief Mike Ibbberson, and Chief Joe Canulli, describe their vision for equipment mounting, shelving, charger mounting etc., to be performed, on Rutherford Fire's new Pierce Enforcer.  Compartment space was filled as equipment arrived. Maximum "Adjustability" was the goal as equipment was organized and located accordingly.  Per the norm, at Specialized, mounting systems were attached to existing fasteners on the rig, to limit the amount of holes drilled!  What does that mean?  As new equipment is added, and/or relocated, there won't be holes left behind from the previous mounting location!  Thanks to Swatara Fire/Rescue for choosing SFES for your equipment mounting needs! We appreciate your Business!

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Chambersburg Tower 1, Pierce Midmount, comes in for the "Specialized" treatment!


 

Sun, Aug 13th, 2017, 12:44 pm

SFES fabricators made the trip to Chambersburg to meet with the Officers and Firefighters, involved with getting new Tower 1 in service.  After a walk around of the Tower, various mounting methods were discussed.  Tower 1 was delivered to SFES with an awesome detailed set of instructions, on where equipment was to be mounted, and which methods would work for the needs of the CFD.  Tower 1 was completed and is ready to provide Chambersburg with "Truck Company" Services for years to come!  Thanks to Chief Butch Leonard and Chief Dustin Ulrich for their help!

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Harrisburg Bureau of Fire, Wagon 4


 

Thu, May 4th, 2017, 7:32 am

Wagon 4 backed in the shop, and the craftsmen at Specialized (SFES), got to work.  Chief Mike Sauder, provided his vision, on where he wanted equipment located, and the SFES crew, started the process.  As work progressed, if a better equipment mounting solution was possible, is was discussed and a final method was determined.  SFES strived to mount equipment, utilizing the vertical strut that was installed at the manufacturer, to minimize drilling holes throughout the Fire Body and cab.  This method takes a little more time, but leaves the Fire Department,with the versatility to be able to make future equipment mounting changes, without having drilled holes, left over when an equipment mounting bracket is relocated.  Wagon 4 is ready for the street!   Thanks to Chief Brian Enterline, and Deputy Chief Mike Sauder!  Always great to work with you and your Department!

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Lower Swatara Fire, RESCUE 59


 

Wed, Mar 29th, 2017, 7:10 am

The Station 59 crew called one day in 2016, and asked if Specialized Fire, (SFES) could schedule an evening to look at RESCUE 59.   FDLS, had recently purchased additional Rescue Equipment, and needed to get it mounted.  Problem was? Where to mount it?  After some discussion, and some work with a tape measure, a plan was derived to move some equipment in various compartments to make space available.  A vertical slide out tray was fabricated and installed.  Little Giant Ladders, found a new home.  Two existing slide tool boards were removed.  Existing Hand Tools and equipment were mounted, so the equipment could be easily removed for use.  Simple Ergonomics were applied to keep the "Heavy Equipment" low in the compartment, and the "Lighter Equipment", higher in the compartment.  Thanks to Chief Weikle, Asst. Chief Danny Phillips,  Captain Sean Taylor,and the rest of the FDLS crew for allowing SFES to get Rescue 59, into the shop. Your vision, sure helped us put the "Specialized" touch on Rescue 59!!!!

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Tanker 36 visits the "Shop" for some modifications


 

Sat, Feb 25th, 2017, 15:23 pm

Isn't it frustrating when certain firefighting equipment doesn't fit in the perfect spot, by a fraction of an inch?  A visit was scheduled to Yoe Fire, Station 36, to determine whether enough room could be gained, if some modifications were made, in the Dunnage Area, for said equipment.      Yoe Chauffer, Kevin Gibney, knew where equipment was to go, it just didn't fit!  An opening finally occured at the busy SFES "Shop", and Tanker 36 backed in.  After some disassembly, the factory installed electric reel cover was modified, and tool storage for long handled tools was added to the front of the hose bed.  All equipment mounting was done utilizing existing fasteners, installed at the manufacturer, which means no extra holes were drilled into the body!   Take a look at Tanker 36!  It's hard to tell any modifications even took place!  Thanks to the Yoe Fire Company for their patience, and for allowing SFES to work on Tanker 36.  It is one beautiful and functional Rig!

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Gratz Area Fire, RESCUE 27


 

Fri, Jan 27th, 2017, 7:11 am

Gratz Fire's new Sutphen Rescue Engine, arrived at Specialized Fire Equipment Services (SFES) with empty compartments.  Chief Harry Welker, and his crew, knew what equipment they wanted in each compartment.  With that being said, the crew at SFES, went to work to make it all fit! Since the rig had empty compartments, not even one shelf,  SFES had a clean slate, to begin the process.  Fabrication was performed to maximize compartment space, and prioritize rescue and fire fighting equipment as necessary.  As the installation took place, the SFES crew, exchanged  ideas, and worked with the Officers and Firefighters of Station 27, to customize the equipment mounting to fit the need.   The end result?? Durable, Practical,  Emergency Ready, equipment mounting, with adjustability built in, for future addition/deletion of Fire and Rescue Equipment!  Thanks to the Gratz Fire Company for choosing SFES!   and on a side note,  Lots of great story time, was had with Bob and Harry!   

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Pleasant Gap Rescue 818, "Bad ASS Bulldog"


 

Wed, Dec 28th, 2016, 8:25 am

It's not unusual for Fire Departments to call Specialized Fire, and say,  "we purchased more equipment, but our compartments are full ! "   Specialized Fire to the Rescue!  (pun intended)  Old friend Terry Royer, from Pleasant Gap Fire, called, and a visit to Beautiful Station 8 was scheduled.   Bob and Rich set out one winter's day to make the drive to come up with potential equipment mounting solutions for Rescue 818.  During the trip north, one wild "White Out" snow squall stopped Bob and Rich in their tracks at the Sheetz at Routes 144 and 45.  The storm passed, and Rich and Bob decided not to go over the mountain, and arrived a little late, but unscathed.  The existing mounting on Rescue 818 was analyzed, and a solution was derived.  Thanks PGFD for the work!   One mean and well equipped BULLDOG!

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Camp Hill Engine 14 "Ever Willing"


 

Wed, Dec 28th, 2016, 7:38 am

Early in the process of creating a specification for a New Fire Engine,  Camp Hill Fire Department Assistant Chief, Ray Smeriglio contacted Specialized Fire in regard to equipment mounting on the new Engine 14.  Meetings were scheduled to look at the equipment that would need to be organized and mounted upon delivery.  A Pierce Arrow XT was chosen by the Fire Department.  Preliminary drawings for the New Engine were delivered and the parts of the puzzle started to fall into place.  Rich from Specialized Fire Equipment, made the trip with the Apparatus Committee to Appleton Wisconsin for final inspection.  All issues found at Final Inspection, were addressed at the Factory, and Engine 14 came home.  The rig and all equipment was delivered to the SFES Shop, and work commenced.   All work performed at SFES was minimally evasive to the rig,  In other words, SFES did not Drill numerous holes in the rig to perform equipment mounting!!  Why does this matter?  It is inevitable, that during the life of the apparatus, equipment mounting and storage locations will change.  By mounting equipment utlizing existing body fasteners and adjustable strut, compartmentation can be changed without leaving numerous holes!  It only makes sense!  The Camp Hill Fire Department can be proud of the new "Engine 14"!  It is a very versatile Fire Engine, which will serve the community for years.  Thanks to the CHFD, Chief Morgan, Chief Apgar, and Chief Smeriglio, for allowing SFES to be part of the process to make E14, "Ever Willing"!

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