28-13 is a 2010 Sutphen Rescue Engine. This engine which is the department’s third manufactured by Sutphen, was delivered in late October of 2010 and placed in-service mid November. With enhancements in safety, handling, ease of use, and equipment storage, 28-13 represents an engine that 20 years ago was just a dream for the members of West Mead #1. 28-13 is the first engine in our fleet to have an eight-man cab with a raised roof. The engine is also equipped with an 8kw-generator with all exterior lighting controlled from the driver’s seat. 28-13 has a rear-view camera that allows the driver to see the area directly behind the engine. Prior to this technology, the rear of the engine represented a significant blind spot to the driver. 28-13 has an onboard Class A foam system similar to 28-12, but has the additional capacity to run foam to the front bumper and rear blitz gun. By working with engineers at Sutphen, the unit was delivered with full-height, full-depth compartments. Because of this the engine is able to carry all of our current equipment with some space available for future growth. The members of West Mead 1 are very proud of their newest engine and expect it to serve our community for the next 30 years.
28-13 is equipped to respond as an attack engine to all fires within the township and surrounding areas. The engine is also equipped with the department’s rapid intervention equipment and will respond to several mutual aid departments when requested for RIT. When responding as RIT, the engine and its firefighters are focused on providing for the safety and well being of our fellow firefighters. The engine is also equipped with the department’s rope rescue equipment and additional vehicle rescue equipment.