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The Oshkosh P-15 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) is a 65 ton, 8x8 vehicle that was first fielded in 1977. It carries 6,100 gallons of water and 515 gallons of foam, designed for all-weather operations at airfields for fire suppression. Two 1,250 gpm pumps and two 1,200 gpm turrets deleiver the water and foam. The Oshkosh P-15 ARFF is powereed by two Detroit Diesel engines. The huge P-15 weighs 130,860 lbs, is 45 feet long, 10 ft wide and 13.8 feet tall. (Air Force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Robert McCormack, 134 ARW Fire Dept.)
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Fire Department Loses an Old Friend

Posted 11/5/2010   Updated 11/5/2010 Email story   Print story

    


by Chief Master Sgt. Robert McCormack
134 CES/FD


11/5/2010 - McGhee Tyson, Air National Guard Base -- 
     On October 29th, 2010 134th ARW Fire Emergency Services Flight firefighters loaded its largest fire truck into a C-5 Galaxy to be delivered to the 101st ARW Bangor, Maine. The OSHKOSH P-15 first came to McGhee Tyson in 1991 and it is believed to be one of the last ones ever manufactured. It was always a reliable piece of equipment and could deliver more water to the scene of an aircraft incident than any other truck in the USAF fire truck fleet. The aging fleet of fire trucks around the nation requires the moving, and replacing of apparatus on a periodic basis to ensure every flying wing is adequately protected with the best possible equipment. Although it will be missed by the firefighters, the flight's capabilities have not been diminished. The 134th Fire Emergency Services has been fortunate to receive a newer airport firefighting truck, a new structural engine, and a new rescue squad vehicle in the last couple of years.



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