“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a firefighter The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the firefighter has to do believe that his is a noble calling."
-Chief Edward F. Croker FDNY circa 1910
December 2015, Engine 329 in Rockaway Beach, Queens took delivery of their new 2nd piece, an All Terrain Response Vehicle (ATRV). This 2015 Ford F-550 pick-up truck was fitted with aftermarket compartments and added hose bed. The apparatus does not have pumping capabilities, it is basically a large manifold that will be supplied by an Engine Company.
It has 4-wheel drive capabilities along with a central tire inflation system allowing the operator to inflate/deflate the tires on the move without leaving the cab. It also has a winch that can be operated from front and rear of the vehicle.
E329 2nd Piece
Engine 329 ATRV
30 lengths 3" supply hose.
8 lenghts 2 1/2 hose
12 lengths 1 3/4 hose
Forcible entry tools
2 1/2 gallon water extinguisher
Water Rescue equipment (Cold Water Rescue Suit, PFD's, 600' Ocean Rescue Rope, Torpedo, Wetsuit with boots & fins, Binoculars, Bull horn)
Stokes with floatation & Backboard
24 ft portable ladder
Engine Company 329 calls Rockaway Beach their home. They are 1st due to Breezy Point, Marine Parkway Bridge, Floyd Bennett Field and Jacob Riis Park. It is Company policy to roll the ATRV whenever the Engine gets a run, and this proves helpful on numerous occations. Breezy Point has many walks, areas that the Engine can not reach that their ARTV will. The Company, under the command of Captain Cody, train regularly and are prepared for anything that comes their way whether on land or in the Ocean. We wish them the best of luck with the new apparatus.