Rescue 44

Rescue 44

Rescue 44 is a 2004 Saulsbury custom heavy rescue built on a 2004 Spartan Gladiator. Its cab is aluminum and the body, doors and structure are fabricated entirely from stainless steel. The body is a partial-walk-in style, with a short hallway reaching just aft of the rear wheels. Entry to the body is made through the cab. Fully equipped and staffed, the apparatus weighs 38,500 lb.

This apparatus replaces our 1980 Saulsbury heavy rescue, which has been transferred to the Darien Police Department. The scope-of-operations for the new truck did not change from the old truck. Our goal in designing the new rescue was to do everything we could do with the old one, in a more efficient, higher quality, and safer manner. Our most commonly-deployed equipment for MVA’s is pre-connected to the truck, so we can just “grab and go” when setting up for an extrication.

This saves us critical time, and labor. First due to all motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s) with injuries in our district, Rescue 44 goes out the door about 150 times per year. The fire department’s role on the scene of an MVA is to take overall command of the scene, provide extrication services, manage fluid spills, mitigate fire dangers, create safe work zones, provide additional hands when-needed, and provide lighting.