Press Release 4/16/2003:SPEAR TrucksTM2003
Equipment Pods Dramatically Lower Technical Response Costs, Increase Capabilities
Spear Trucks' self-contained equipment pod concept is a new product tailored to the emergency services and technical response industries. For the first time, fire departments and other specialized response agencies can have multiple, custom, rescue command centers on hand for any and all types of rescue operations -- and at a lower cost than ever before imaginable.
With the revolutionary Spear system, one truck can service a host of different types of specialized response modules. As a result, all rescue capabilities are no longer locked into a single cab-and-chassis. Agencies can achieve greater mobility, quicker response times, and the assurance of having the correct equipment on the job each and every time, all at a lower expense.
Until now, agencies have typically been forced to respond to technical rescue situations with one truck or trailer into which they've put 'a little of everything.' Now, agencies can afford to have a number of low cost, specialized modules, each of which is custom-designed to contain exactly what's needed -- stored where it's efficient to locate and use -- for any particular type of situation.
A typical Spear steel pod measures 22' long by 7.5' high and wide (6' 4" interior height/width), is waterproof, and may be custom-designed in terms of total layout and contents. Spear Truck pods may be outfitted with heat, A/C, water, oxygen stations, etc. Multiple modules may even be linked or stacked to provide larger units that are ideal for extended command centers, kitchens, sleeping quarters or any other use desired by the client.
Modules may be designed to hold Gators, pickup trucks, boats, air compressors, generators, welders, oxygen tanks -- the only limiting factor is fitting within the container's road-legal width and height. This makes Spear modules ideal for virtually any types of specialized emergency response situations, including chemical spills, tunnel collapse, confined space, trench rescue, rope rescue, biological agent response and much more.
The stackable modules may be shipped 4 to a train flatcar, or 2 per semi-trailer, and are designed to be lifted via forklift from either the top or bottom. They even fit into C130 transport planes for immediate transport worldwide. The pods are completely waterproof, allowing them to be stored outside in all types of weather, and vents are provided to let heat escape in hot weather.
Many different chassis types can be used for transporting Spear Trucks' specialized modules. Often, the truck type may be matched to those already in a customer's fleet. An existing truck in the fleet may even be used -- all it takes is being outfitted with the Spear load/offload system. This unique hydraulic hook-and-arm system allows any pod to be loaded or unloaded from the chassis in less than 5 minutes, providing enhanced response time no matter what the emergency. Once at the jobsite, the specialized module may be either left on the truck or offloaded just as quickly in order to free up the truck for additional usage.
Either way, crews have exactly what they need onsite, and it's not mixed in with other types of non-useful equipment. Because of the significantly lower cost requirements over traditional, dedicated, truck-and-trailer response vehicles, agencies gain many other advantages. For the first time many agencies will be able to afford to have a specialized vehicle for each type of technical rescue situation its response team is trained to handle. Expensive equipment that is often little used may be stored securely, kept dry and out of the way between uses, and be immediately ready for the next emergency call.
For more information on Spear Trucks' advanced technical rescue response system, contact Tom Riggs, at Riggs & Associates, LLC, toll free at 888 477-3276, or via email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the 'Press Photos' link, below, to download any of the photos shown above at 300 dpi, suitable for publication usage.