Spencer Fire Trucks In The News
The South Torch Lake (MI) Fire Department wanted to replace a pumper and a tanker (tender) to protect its 17-square-mile district at the southerly end of Torch Lake in Helena Township, Michigan, and decided that each of the vehicles should be classified as Type 1 apparatus. After researching the products offered by several apparatus manufacturers, the department selected Spencer Manufacturing to build a rescue-pumper and a pumper-tanker.
The first equipment compartment on a fire truck located behind the cab on the driver’s side is often designated “L1” on manufacturers’ blueprints and in purchasing specifications – L1 obviously meaning left side, first compartment.
The St. John’s (MI) Fire Department needed to replace a 25-year-old top-mount pumper, but with daytime response for the volunteer fire department being limited, it wanted a vehicle that could carry the most water possible on a single rear axle.
The Charlotte (MI) Fire Department covers the city of Charlotte, three other townships, and portions of two others with a combination department of six full time paid firefighters and 29 volunteers working out of two stations. Its district is a mix of structures in city, suburban, and rural landscapes, including multifamily dwellings, senior assistance living centers, a courthouse and municipal buildings, and some industrial areas.
Check out our latest ad in the new Fire Apparatus Magazine Issue. Please go to our deliveries link to see the specs and pictures on this truck or click on the picture for a closer look at the ad itself.
Certainly during (and after) 9-11 there has been a heightened awareness to first responders and the job they do when they put their life on the line each and everyday to save people. That said, there is a small company in South Haven called Spencer Manufacturing that builds fire trucks for departments across the Great Lakes and Midwest. The company was started back in 1985 and has since been taken over by the next generation of Spencers.