CBVFR EQUIPMENT HISTORY
Truck 7 was custom-built by Rosenbauer for Carova Beach Volunteer Fire and Rescue. It was delivered in 2018. Truck 7 includes a telesquirt and 35-foot ladder. Like all of CBVFR's vehicles, it is 4-wheel drive to handle the unique conditions in our service district.
Engine 71 (formerly Engine 739)
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 opposed to the mechanical shifting on Engine 72. 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.
Engine 72 (formerly Engine 735)
Engine 735 was the first vehicle designed and purchased new by this department, is 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-1990s, and 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 undercarriage . It
was the primary fire response vehicle for this department until 1991 when a second engine, Engine 739, was purchased. Water supply became the primary task for this unit. In 2008,
Engine-735 was renamed Engine 72 or E-72.
Brush trucks play a key role in rapid station response to brush and vehicle fires, which are a major portion of the calls in our service district. In 1995, a new 4-door crew cab Ford F-350 with a “Fire Cracker” brush unit was purchased. In 1999, the Fire Cracker unit was replaced with a state of the art, Class-A, foam drop-in unit. This conversion included a 300-gallon fiberglass tank, drafting capability, and higher water delivery rate. In 2008, this unit was refurbished including vehicle repairs, painting and undercoating of undercarriage and upgrading of electronics. Compartments were added to both sides of the bed during the refurbishing. This provided storage for additional fire equipment, including SCBA units and Indian Fire Tank bags for brush fires. In 2008 Brush Truck 744 became Brush 71 or B-71. In 2019 the pump was upgraded and a new 400-gallon fiberglass tank was added to increase water supply.
Tanker 71 is a 2006 International tanker carrying 4000 gallons of water. As our service district has no fire hydrants, we rely on our tanker to transport water from strategically located fire ponds and drafting points to fire scenes. Tanker 71 also carries a portable water tank that can be setup on scene to supply water to our Engines while the tanker replenishes from a drafting point.
A 1993 Hummer H-1 was purchased in 2016 and retrofitted for rapid response to vehicle accidents. It carries fire extinguishers and vehicle extraction equipment, including hydraulic cutters and spreaders. In 2019, a 10-gallon FireAde Enforcer compressed air foam system (CAFS) was added to Utility 7 to increase its fire suppression capabilities.
In 2018, a new Chevrolet Silverado 3500 was purchased to serve as a portable command center. This 4-wheel drive truck
serves as a quick response for rescue operations. It is normally operated by our Fire Chief but is also operated by members for special transport or training.
Command Vehicle 746
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 2007 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 was normally operated by the Chief or Assistant Chief but was available for special transport or training.
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. B-73 has been retired from service.
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, a CET Fire Pumps representative transported the vehicle to Canada for planned upgrades. These upgrades included the installation of a 300-gallon compressed air foam (CAF) system and support hardware. The completed vehicle was returned and placed into service as Brush Truck 745 in February 2007. In 2008 it became Brush Truck 72 or B-72. This truck was removed from service in 2020.
Carova Beach Volunteer Fire and Rescue
2169 Ocean Pearl Rd
Corolla, NC 27927
Non-Emergency Phone: (252)453-8690
For Emergencies, call 911.
General membership meetings are held the second Saturday of each month at Station 7.