The City of Raleigh (N.C) Fire Department converted a used rescue unit into a roomy and well-equipped fleet services vehicle. The new shop truck has been in service for over a year now and provides the department with a valuable mobile maintenance capability.
The fleet maintenance group obtained a surplus 2000 Freightliner rescue vehicle from the department and did the conversion work in July 2007. The unit is equipped with a Kubota 9.5-kw generator and a 12.5-hp air compressor with 60-gal tank and rear-mounted air hose reel. A winch and a compartment for battery jumper cables are located on the front bumper.
Loose equipment includes a Nexiq scan tool for engine and transmission diagnostics, a battery charger and load tester, tire changing equipment and a complete tool box. A vise is designed to fit in the rear hitch receiver and adjusts to various heights. The vise can be detached and stored inside the rear of the truck when not in use.
The department uses the new truck to handle roadside breakdowns, flat tires and regular maintenance duties. It carries spare bulbs, fasteners, belts, hoses and hose fittings, filters, electrical components and much more. The shop personnel are justifiably proud of their new truck and consider it a “mobile shop on wheels”.
Thanks to Travis Menges of the Raleigh Fleet Maintenance Department for sharing the photos and information about their new shop truck.