WYOMING, MI—The Notre Dame Fire Department at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, has just taken delivery of an all-new HME Rapid Attack Truck. Also known by its acronym of the RAT, this pumper is built on an 1871-SFO custom chassis with a 12-inch raised roof, features a cab to fit a crew of four, is powered by a Cummins ISL9-330 diesel engine, and is equipped with a Hale Q-Flo Plus 1,250-gpm midship pump.
Notre Dame’s RAT uses HME Hydra Technology™, a 96-inch-wide cab with a 45Ëš cramp angle for a tight-turning radius in urban environments, and stainless steel body for minimal corrosion. Other features include a 500-gallon polypropylene water tank; four-wheel Meritor/Wabco stability enhancement system; Allison 3000EVS automatic transmission with a pushbutton selector; a David Clark 3800 Intercom system with a remote headset station; seven-inch waterproof LCD back-up camera; a three-dimensional stainless front-grille; cab tilt road interlock; Gen II full-height interior EMS cabinet with a satin anodized roll-up door; deep adjustable shelving and hosebed dividers; a center hosewell in the bumper; brushed stainless steel pump panel; three crosslay beds; TFT model XG18VL-XX, 18-inch Extend-A-Gun; an Elkhart #8297-98, direct-mount, lift-off style deck gun; 140 cubic feet of compartment storage; 50 feet of hosebed storage, backboard storage; through-the-tank storage; and FoxTrax toolboards.
Source: Fire Apparatus Magazine