CBVF&R EQUIPMENT HISTORY Engine 735, the first vehicle spec'd out and purchased new by this department, a Grumman engine on
an international chassis, was purchased in 1986. The lining of the one thousand gallon metal tank broke down and rust became a problem in the mid 90s, the tank was replaced with a fiber tank in 1999.
A three inch pre-connect line and a non-jetted recycle line was added at the same time. In 2007, Engine 735 was completely refurbished, including painting and undercoating the under-carriage
. It was the primary fire response vehicle for this department until 1991 when a second engine, 739, was purchased. Water supply became the primary task for this unit. In
2008, Engine-735 was re-named Engine-72 or E-72.
Conversion was made from make-do units to a “real brush truck”, B-743, in 1990 with the purchase of a new F-250 and the installation of a 300 gallon “Fire Cracker” brush unit. It served as the only brush unit for the department until 1995. Its took second position in 1995 and was a back-up unit until 2007 when its primary function became water rescue support. The vehicle was reconditioned and storage compartments were added to facilitate the change. The unit designation became Brush Truck 73, B-73.
Engine 739 was purchased from Boardman in 1991. There were two pre-connected cross-lays on this unit to facilitate a quick response. The PTO shifting is electronic as apposed to the mechanical shifting on E 735. A deck gun was added in 1993. A “Foam Pro” Class-A foam injection system was added in 1999. The pump discharge manifold was modified to include a flow transmitter and arranged in a way that permits foam in selected discharges only and prevents tank foam contamination. At the same time, a non-jetted, full flow, recycle line and valve were added as well as a rear mounted vacuum line and valve. This unit was completely refurbished in 2007. In 2008, Engine 739 was renamed Engine 71 or E-71.
With brush fires and vehicle fires being a major portion of the calls for Carova, the quick response brush trucks play a key roll station response. In 1995 a second brush truck was purchased, it was a new 4 door crew cab F-350 with again a “Fire Cracker” brush unit. In 1999 the Fire Cracker unit was replaced with a state of the art, Class-A, foam drop-in unit. This conversion included a 300g. fiber-glass tank, drafting capability and higher water delivery rate. The expectations of this unit and the equipment required to meet them, continued to expand over the next few years to the point that the back seat was not available for personnel. In 2008, this unit was refurbished including vehicle repairs, painting and undercoating of under-carriage and upgrading of electronics. Compartments were added to both sides of the bed during the refurbishing. This provided storage for fire and EMS equipment, including SCBA units , medical responder bags etc.. In 2008 Brush Truck 744 became Brush 71 or B-71.
In 2005, the Carova Beach Fire & Rescue Auxiliary purchased a 2006 Ford 350 XL Super Duty chassis and donated it to the department for conversion to a brush truck. A radio, light bar and siren were added and the unit was used as a service vehicle until a plan could be put together as to what equipment would be installed. In December of 2006 the a CET Fire Pumps representative transported the vehicle to Canada for planned upgrades. These upgrades included the installation of a 300 gal. Compressed Air Foam system and support hardware. The completed vehicle was returned and placed in service as Brush Truck 745 in February 2007. In 2008 it became Brush Truck 72 or B-72.
In 1996 a 1991 Chevrolet Blazer was donated to the department. It was appropriately outfitted and painted to function as a utility vehicle including light, siren and radio. It served well as such but could not function adequately in emergency situations.
A new 2007 Nissan Titan was purchased in July as a replacement for 746 with an expanded scope. The new 746, now C-7, became the station command vehicle as well as a quick response vehicle for EMS and rescue response. It is normally operated by the Chief or Assistant Chief but is available for special transport or training.
Carova Beach Volunteer Fire and Rescue
2169 Ocean Pearl Rd
Corolla, NC 27927