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For more than 130 years, your #LosAngeles #FireDepartment has been called to often dramatic and challenging rescues. Since 1948, the LAFD has maintained in service, a series of Heavy Utility / Heavy Rescue vehicles designed to expertly manage uncommon scenarios at which life, property and the environment hang in the balance.
Built to LAFD specification and resembling heavy-duty tow trucks built on Kenworth, Mack, Crown and now Peterbilt chassis, they have been a constant part of our fleet, seeing around-the-clock citywide emergency service for nearly 70 years.
Yesterday, the LAFD took delivery of our newest Heavy Rescue Unit, a 2016 Peterbilt with a 50 Ton Rotating Boom and a host of unique and modern features. Constructed to LAFD specs in Tennessee by Century Towing Equipment, it captured the attention of many photographers during it’s 2,139 mile journey to local distributor, Golden West Towing Equipment, which shared the *images below* prior to LAFD acceptance.
This 2016 vehicle is presently at the LAFD Supply and Maintenance Division in Lincoln Heights, where it is undergoing an exhaustive inspection by our staff prior to the installation of specialty equipment, safety and communications gear. It will enter service later this year at Fire Station 56 in Silver Lake as “Heavy Rescue 56”, taking the place of our current HR56, a 13 year-old unit that will enter reserve status. Also in the stable and presently in reserve, is our initial LAFD Peterbilt-based unit, on a 1995 chassis.
Of course, the greatest feature of these vehicles are the assigned crews, who remain ready to respond 24/7 wherever they’re needed – including highly hazardous environments that may be immediately dangerous to life and health.
With training, certification and experience in handling crisis situations that require lifting, moving, cutting, breaching, dis-assembly, hoisting, excavating, shoring or physically stabilizing any land-based challenge, they remain LAFD’s trump card.
We welcome you to meet the crew of and see our current LAFD Heavy Rescue 56 during our annual citywide ‘Fire Service Day’ Open Firehouse celebration from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Learn more here:
Please have a great weekend, and make it a safe one!