Currently the Deer Park Fire Company Rehab Unit operates four pieces of apparatus and has begun the restoration of our first fire apparatus, a 1939 Mack Model 40S open cab front mount pumper. Of the 67 of this type built we have been unable to locate another one like it.
Rehab 13 "1385"
The main Rehab unit 1385 is a 2004 Freightliner MT55 with a Cummins diesel engine and Allison automatic transmission. During the design process the chassis was upgraded to a higher horsepower engine, heavier gross weight, and air brakes. The body of the truck was built by Union City Body based in Indiana. The body and chassis were fabricated and then shipped to Hammonton, NJ for final outfitting by Custom Mobile Foods, Inc. This was the first purpose built fire department Rehab truck built by this company. The unit can carry up to 6 crew members, 4 in captain’s style seating in the cab area and two fold down seats in the rear. The two rear seats can also be used for crew rest and for fire fighters that need to get inside out of the weather.
1385 curb side showing awning, serving window and shelf
1385 Left side view showing generator enclosure, water fills.
Rear view showing restroom door, compartments, and lighting
Interior of 1385 work and preparation area
Typical Rehab shelter area setup used for cooling
Typical fire ground Rehab area set-up
Drivers side Rehab area set-up
Support Vehicle 1388
This vehicle is a 2003 Ford E350 passenger van powered by a 7.3L Power stroke diesel engine, automatic transmission, heavy duty tow package, and A/C. This unit also has a 16 channel mobile and portable radio and full warning light and siren package and a rear traffic director light bar LED system.
This vehicle is currently third due on all Rehab assignments. It is used to ferry additional supplies and manpower to the emergency scene, as well as for crew changes, re-supply runs, and company business.
1388 in engine room bay
1388 rear view
1385 and 1388 at 3rd alarm fire Pennsauken NJ
1388 rear view with equipment slide out tray
Support 1388 is outfitted with a 50’ x 77’ slide out two shelf tray so that the following additional equipment can be stored and carried.
Utility 1386 Sold to Newbold Fire Department, Rhinelander, Wisconsin – September 2013.
This is the latest piece of apparatus obtained by Rehab 13. This 11′ walk around rescue truck was purchased from a private individual that purchased same from the Mitchell Hose Company of Burlington City, NJ. This 1991 Ford Super Duty with diesel power had less than 9000 miles on it when we spotted it on a web page search. The truck was completely gone over by the Cherry Hill Fire Department shop and had new brakes, tires, shocks, belts, wiper blades, glow plugs, water pump, thermostat, new polyurethane compartment coating, and other “wear” items replaced. This unit will run as the 2nd due rehab support unit behind Rehab 1385, and will also be available for lighting and Haz Mat support assignments.
It is equipped with the following:
- 6 KW Honda gasoline generator
- 2000 Watt remote light tower
- (2) 500 Watt lights on rear step, telescoping
- Garmin Street Pilot 2720 GPS unit
- Motorola Portable and mobile radios
- Motorola Nextel phone for 2 way private communications
- Spare gasoline in safety cans for generator refueling
- Additional traffic cones
- Additional folding chairs
- 95" x 40" slide out tray in rear compartment, 2000 lb rating
- 2 10' x 10' EZ Up light weight shelters
- Buckets for active cooling
- Mister fan and 9 gallon resevoir
- 3 HD cord reels
- (1) smoke ejector fan for HI-CFM air movement
- (1) Air supported 216 sq. ft. Zumro tent
- One heating unit and one A/C unit for shelter
- Additional blankets
- Additional towels
- Additional water
- Additional Gatorade
- (1) 3A40BC dry chemical fire extinguisher
- Tool Box
- Collapsible trash can and liners
- Additional towels
- Spare socks for on scene personnel
- Additional non-perishable food supplies
- (1) large cooler with room to transport additional pre-iced coolers to the scene of an incident
- Miscellaneous seasonal supplies as the weather dictates.
1386 driver side view with light tower and rear lighting in use
1386 driver side rear view
TThe new 1386 is a 2014 Freightliner MT55 built by Custom Mobile Foods and is the first of its kind built by Custom as rescue type vehicle equipped with a Cummins 6-cylinder turbo diesel and Allison automatic transmission. The unit is equipped with all LED lighting and two slide out rear compartments for carrying large gear and (tent) equipment. The vehicle has air brakes and uses the new DEF fluid to meet the latest in federalemission control standards for diesel engines. The unit has seating for five members on the interior and also has been designed as a rest and recovery area inside with full heating and air conditioning for 1st responders needing medical monitoring during major incidents. This truck also carries the Zumro tent which can be cooled or heated, a 10 KW generator and 150’ cord reel for scene power for the tent lighting and climate control, and a 4200 watt Command light tower. It also has a freezer for carrying extra food and electrolyte frozen products, as well as EZ ups, Kore Kooler chairs, misters, extra folding chairs, small electric reels, adapters, rope, a portable 3000 W Honda generator, extra fuel, tarps, brooms, and extra water and MVP for restocking coolers on the incident scene, and a full set of basic tools, extra gear, first aid jump kit, and an additional digital camera for scene documentation for website use.
Front view of 1386
3/4 quarter view driver’s side 1386
Driver’s side view 1386
3/4 view officer’s side 1386
1386 left rear view
1388M and Trailer
In 2008 Rehab 13 purchased and placed into service a Kawasaki 4010 4 wheel drive off road vehicle and trailer. The UTV has a roof and a windshield and has two rows of seats with a cargo bed in the rear for the transporation of coolers and equipment. The rear seat can be folded down and the rear cargo area can be doubled in size to carry additional equipment and or even a SKED or Stokes basket in the event of an on scene injury. The “Mule” has been equiped with amber warning lights (hi-intensity LED’s) and can achieve a maximum speed of 25 MPH. This unit will be towed by Utility 1388 to any scene that requires it use. Some examples will be large building fires, multiple alarm fires, interstate highway indidents, any structure fire off road such as a barn, and or any incidnet requiring Rehab members the ability to deliver food and liquids to a wide area where Rehab 1385 cannot access due to its size. If you have an incident involving a large area, search, or have a need to transport food and supplies off ros give us a call.
Front view of new 2008 Kawasaki Mule
Side view of the standard seating arrangement with both seats in the upright position
Rear of Mule showing tailgate and lettering
1939 Mack Pumper Serial # 4002
This antique is currently undergoing a minor cosmetic restoration and we will be seeking donations for a complete restoration in the near future. The truck was purchased in August of 1948 from the Cheltenham Hook and Ladder Company of Cheltenham Township, PA. It remained in front line service well into the late 1970’s when it was placed on reserve status by the purchase of modern apparatus.
According to the Mack Museum the truck was built in 1938 on an Model 40S chassis but was not titled until 1939. It has a 75 HP in line six cylinder engine with a four speed manual transmission. Its original 300 gallon booster tank has been replaced with a 150 gallon tank to save wear and tear on the drive train and brakes.
A full repaint, rewiring, and minor engine overhaul was performed in the early 1980’s. This engine won many awards at various parades that it attended during that time period. Recently it was removed from storage and is being put back in shape by a dedicated team of members of the fire department that want to preserve it for future generations.
We will continue to work on the engine while funds are raised so that the “Little Mack” can receive the complete frame off restoration that will put it back into a condition worthy of its age and rarity.
If you care to donate to the Restoration fund, please follow our PayPal link on the home page. Your generous support is very much appreciated