Published: 05-04-2014 photo #37673 0 comments 1 votes
Way back in the summer of 1982 when I first started taking photos of fire apparatus, I joined several friends on a journey into Washington State to photograph some fire vehicles. One unusual pumper that we came across was this "Paramedic Engine" we found in the City of Kent. Engine 71 was a 1985 Pierce Lance engine with a 1500 GPM pump and 500 gallon water tank. What made this engine quite different was the rear raised crew cab area. This portion of the crew cab was configured as an ambulance, complete with all the usual equipment one would find in a BLS type ambulance. ( You can just see some of the equipment cabinets in the cab). The patient gurney was located in a transverse position in the raised portion of the cab, and because of the height of the pumper floor and the difficulty in lifting a loaded patient so high for transport, a powered gurney lift was included to assist the firefighters. I believe that Kent operated two of these engines at one time and have often wondered how successful this type of apparatus was.