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Steel bed

 

Steel Body Construction

The custom built body is fabricated from heavy channel iron and premium sheet steel with welded seams. All structural components of the bed are steel to comply with SAE J1194 for the Fire Attack Operational Areas in the BATROPS crosswalk. The frame is designed to allow the lowest possible center of gravity for the tank and other heavy components. The body structure has a lifetime warranty to original owner, 10 year on site.

Minuteman Standard Features

  • Steel bed

    Steel Body Construction

    The custom built body is fabricated from heavy channel iron and premium sheet steel with welded seams. All structural components of the bed are steel to comply with SAE J1194 for the Fire Attack Operational Areas in the BATROPS crosswalk.

     
  • BATROPS

    BATROPS Crosswalk

    Directly aft of the chassis cab, the BATROPS (Blanchat Apparatus Transverse Roll-Over Protection System) is a transverse crosswalk which follows SAE International Surface Vehicle Standard #J1194 for roll-over protective structures.

     
  • Trans-length compartments

    Trans-length Compartments

    Trans-length compartments are fabricated into each side of the steel structure. They run the length of the bed, directly behind the BATROPS crosswalk to the rear bumper. Depending on which type of Minuteman is chosen, the compartments will have either one or two swing-up doors.

     
  • Rear access storage

    Rear Access Compartment Storage

    The incorporated side compartments have rear access to the top-most section for storage of shovels, pike poles, rescue braces, 12 foot extension ladders, backboards, etc. This storage area can be accessed on both sides via an aluminum tread plate flip-down door with quick release latches.

     
  • Top hose bed

    Top Hose Bed

    A recessed top hose compartment above the tank is fitted with slatted, one inch pressure treated lumber to facilitate hose drying. The area extends from behind the pump panel to the rear of the bed.

     
  • Blanchat restraint

    Blanchat Restraint System

    The Blanchat Restraint System is a 4-point full body harness which is attached within the BATROPS Fire Attack Operational Areas. It allows the firefighter to operate within the Fire Attack Operational Area from a seated or standing position.

     
  • Poly tank

    Recessed Poly Tank

    The tank is created by hand of polypropylene material that is several times stronger than standard propylene and features a lifetime warranty. The tank is recessed into the frame of the body for a low center of gravity.

     
  • Water level indicator

    Water Level Indicator

    A tankvision water level indicator is installed on the left side of the pump panel.

     
  • Pump

    Hale HPX200 Pump with Briggs 23 HP

    The standard pump is a Hale HPX200 with Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 23 HP V-twin overhead valve engine. The pump performance is 200 GPM at 100 PSI and 300 GPM at 25 PSI. The pump has a hand priming system standard.

     
  • Crosslay hose bed

    Pre-connected Crosslay

    The 1-1/2 inch pre-connected crosslay hose bed is located behind the BATROPS crosswalk underneath the pump panel area. The hose bed is accessible from driver and passenger sides as well as from the BATROPS area.

 

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Minuteman Options

  • Blanchat restraint

    Blanchat Restraint Body Harness

    This option includes one additional body harness for the Blanchat Restraint System.

     
  • Wheel chock

    Wheel Chock Set

    A set of two wheel chocks are mounted in the rear wheel wells.

     
  • 5 lb fire extinguisher

    5 lb Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher

    A 5 lb dry chemical fire extinguisher with 40-B:C is mounted on the bed for easy access.

     
  • First aid kit

    First Aid Kit

    A first aid kit is mounted in an easily accessible location.

     
  • 35 hp pump

    35 HP Pump

    The pump can be upgraded to a Hale HPX275 with Briggs & Stratton 35 HP V-twin overhead valve engine. The pump performance is 190 GPM at 145 PSI from draft to supply two 95 GPM nozzles with 200 feet of 1-3/4 inch hose or 250 GPM at 125 PSI from draft to supply two 125 GPM nozzles with the same size hose.

     
  • FoamPro 1601

    FoamPro 1601

    The FoamPro 1601 is an electronic, fully automatic, variable speed, direct injection and discharge side foam proportioning system for Class A foam. The system is accurate to within 3% of calibrated settings over the advertised operation range when installed.

     
  • Rowe CAFS

    Rowe CAFS

    The Rowe Equalizer system has a compact design which allows for easy installation on almost any application. From wildland to structure fires, the equalizer system has many benefits including: simplicity, reliability, effectiveness, flexibility and a lifetime warranty.

     
  • Tankvision mini slave

    Tankvision with Mini Slave

    The main indicator is installed in the pump panel with a mini slave in the cab.

     
  • 4 light indicator

    4 Light Water Level Indicator

    Four LED tank status lights (green, blue, amber and red) provide bright, easy to identify indication of water status. The option also includes a mini slave.

     
  • Two whiplines in crosswalk

    Two Preconnected Whiplines in Crosswalk

    The pump panel is plumbed for an additional whipline (yellow knobs) in the crosswalk.

 

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Minuteman Overview

Standard Roll-Over Protection

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The B-24 & B-27 Minuteman models (the only Minuteman models that have a crosswalk area) feature the BATROPS (Blanchat Apparatus Transverse Roll-Over Protection System) which follows Surface Vehicle Standard SAE J1194 for roll-over protective structures. This is the same standard used for agricultural tractors.

 

No other industry manufacturer features a Fire Attack Operational Area that follows SAE J1194 for roll-over protection.

- Greg Blanchat

 

crosswalk

 

Two Fire Attack Operational Areas are located directly behind the chassis cab which allow a firefighter to stand or sit during pump and roll up to 15 MPH. The center Pump Control Operational Area allows access to the top-mount pump panel. The Pump Control Operational Area does not follow SAE J1194 and should not be used while the apparatus is in motion.

 

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Blanchat Restraint System

A four point body harness is standard which allows the firefighter full movement within the Fire Attack Operational Area but locks upon any sudden movement keeping the firefighter from being thrown.

 

Blanchat restraint

 

Learn more about the Blanchat Restraint

 

 

39.2° Vehicle Stability Test

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The B-27 Minuteman was tilt tested at the US Forest Service Technology & Development Center in San Dimas, CA. The unit was fully loaded with fuel, tools, 400 gallons (1514 liters) of water and a weight of 250 lbs (113 kg) in the driver and passenger seating positions. The chassis' 19,500 GVWR was maxed out using sandbags.

 

The B-27 Minuteman accomplished 39.2° on both sides.

 

 

The “95-Percent Solution”

FRM 2008The late Larry Davis of Fire Rescue magazine called the B-27 Minuteman the “95-Percent Solution” in May 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...it’s equipped to handle 95 percent of the incidents to which rural firefighters respond, and it serves as a quick-out vehicle that allows a two-person team to arrive on scene, perform size up, take some initial actions and advise incoming personnel as to what must be done.

- Larry Davis

 

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  • Whatcom County Fire District #17

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    Location: Ferndale, WA 98248 USA

    Model: B-27 Minuteman Rescue Pumper

    Delivered: 2017-11-13

     
  • Pilot Point FD

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    Location: Pilot Point, TX 76258 USA

    Model: B-27 Minuteman

    Delivered: 2017-09-21

     
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    Location: Tyrone, NM 88065 USA

    Model: B-24 Minuteman Xtreme

    Delivered: 2017-09-06

     
  • Latham FPD

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    Location: Latham, IL 62543 USA

    Model: B-27 Minuteman Rescue Truck

    Delivered: 2017-05-16

     
  • Leach FD

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    Location: Rose, OK 74364 USA

    Model: B-27 Minuteman Demo Rescue Truck

    Delivered: 2017-03-31

     

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