Unit : E-702
Year : 1991
Model : Pierce Lance
If the insanity of our engine design ever needed an example, this 1990 Pierce Lance Engine is it. After equipping our 1985 HAHN’s side compartments with 12 Scott Air Packs, we designed and purchased an engine with seats for 10 Scott Air Packs.
By far, this is one of the most idiotic designs we ever came up with, but performance-wise, and in terms of dependability, you cannot beat this engine.
You cannot blame Pierce when the design team had too much of the 1980’s, when bigger was always better. A truck this long should have had an aerial device on it.
The concept of the “Ten Man Cab” did nothing but serve to slow down what was long considered the fastest fire station in town. (You know, the guys who used to “call in service from the base station in their back room”, when we didn’t have a base station in the back room at Civic Center until 1980? …yeah, that is us.)
We put all of our eggs in one ten man basket, which meant everyone responding wanted “on” this engine, so you waited and waited and waited, until everyone came in, got dressed, got on, and before you put it in gear it was time for roll call.
The ten man cab concept was an abysmal failure.
In an effort to standardize the apparatus, we tore out four of the seats and moved the Scott Pack to other apparatus for each driver. We then installed some fire-fighting equipment in the cab to match the other engines. After a long and arduous ten year period of budgeting, fabricating, testing, and standardizing, we got all of our engines to match. Does anyone from the 1980’s I.S.O. committee remember this concept? Yes, Bravo! The crowd is cheering.
On the upside of Engine 702, we have had a dependable, hard running Pierce pumper which has taken the day to day pounding we have given it. Between 1990 and 2004, this engine ran out of the Civic Center Fire House as the replacement for our beloved HAHN Engine 707 which was transferred out to the Fern Road House.
This Pierce engine bore the brunt of our response for nearly 15 years and it fought a great deal of fire. Many of our middle aged adults grew up on this engine.
In 2004, this engine was transferred to the Pine Street Fire House where it has been meticulously maintained by the officers and crews from this station. Without a doubt, this engine would not have lasted this long if it had not been for the TLC.
This is the first piece of apparatus since our 1966 HAHN that we have kept this long, which is a strong testament to the reliability and dependability of the Pierce Manufacturing Product. We are attempting to get 25 years out of it. A first for our department since the 1947 Ahrens Fox, which remained in service for forty years.
Oddly enough, both of these engines carried the same number….702.