MIDVALE, OH - On Saturday August 27th, the staff of Advantech Fire Apparatus held an open house at their new 10,000 sq. ft facility at 5609 Gundy Dr. in Midvale, Ohio. Over 300 people attended the event and were treated to an exciting day that consisted of free food and beverages, demonstrations and a table load of give-a ways and door prizes. Representatives from Rosenbauer America, Spartan Motors, W.S. Darley, Kocheck Fittings, and Crestar Nozzles were also on hand with displays of their company’s latest products.
Highlights included a hands-on demonstration of Rosenbauer America’s latest urban interface attack unit, the Timberwolf. Visitors got a chance to see this impressive unit show off its remote bumper mounted turret and rear mount pump capabilities. Other demonstrations included a simulated pump-test at the test pad with a demo pumper. The in-ground pump test tank contains 30,000 gallons of water and is capable of testing pumps up to 3,000 gpm.
A Rosenbauer Mini-Brush Truck was also on display and available for hands-on demos. This diminutive unit features a Polaris 6x6 chassis, Rosenbauer Hi-Pressure portable pump, and foam system that produces CAFS type foam. Though not on display, Advantech produces a mini 6x6 rescue unit with a stretched wheelbase on a similar Polaris 6x6 chassis that is called an ASAP (Advantech Service And Parts). The ASAP is a proprietary product developed by Tom Abel, president of Advantech, and is available in various models that include mini ambulances, rescues and beach patrol units.
Several trucks were also on display including two new 2005 Spartan/General Safety 1500/500 Pumpers for Cleveland, Ohio. These trucks are unique because they feature 60’ RK medium duty ladders and perform as a ladder company or as an Engine. Other units included a medium sized Chevy/Central States walk-around rescue demo and a rescue pumper from the Newcomerstown fire department.
Advantech Service and Parts, LLC is a full-service fire apparatus maintenance center with EVT certified technicians on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to handle any emergency. They also represent SEMO Tankers, Excellance Ambulances, Rosenbauer America, Spartan Motors, and produce the ASAP all-terrain mini EMS/Rescue/Utility Vehicle.
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