new stuff!

photo: Sam Oshlag

MEET NEW ENGINE 3 The 2018 Rosenbauer pumper, manufactured in Wyoming, Minnesota, was purchased from Kaza Fire Equipment in Ebensburg for a net cost of $590,000, and replaces a 2002 engine, which was sold for $55,000 to help offset the cost. The six-passenger vehicle has an aluminum cab and body, is powered by a Cummins diesel engine and is equipped with two thermal imaging cameras and self-contained breathing apparatus for 11 firefighters. All lighting—headlights, parking lights, turn signals, emergency lights, and floodlights—is LED and should never need replacing.

Some additional specifications:
Height 10’ 6”
Length 32’ 9”
Gross vehicle weight 24.2 tons
Pump 1,500 gallons per minute
Water tank 500 gallons
Foam tank 100 gallons
Ladders – 10’, 14’, 16’, 24’, 35’
Hose – 550’ of 1-3/4”, 200’ of 2”, 400’ of 2 1/2”, 400’ of 3”, 1,200’ of 5”


photo: George Mendel

TOP GEAR The Mt. Lebanon Police Department has 15 officers who are certified by the International Police Mountain Bike Association. The 40-hour Police Cyclist Course covers maintenance and repairs, clothing and personal protective equipment, patrol equipment, procedures and techniques, night cycling, firearms training, hazards and crashes. It includes scenarios such as pursuit of an armed felon, a burglary in progress, dealing with an emotionally disturbed person and traffic and suspicious persons stops.

In addition to four mountain bikes, this year, the department has acquired two electric bicycles—bikes equipped with a Bosch CX motor drive. The bikes make climbing our region’s up-and-down streets a lot easier, and can reach a top speed of 35 mph, making for some surprised looks from drivers who just blew past a stop sign. Extras include a rear rack, rear trunk bag with expandable panniers, NiteRider lighting kit, lights and siren and reflective vinyl graphics. The bikes, with the add-ons, retail for $4,499, but Adam Solar Rides, the vendor, provided Mt. Lebanon with a police discount and we were able to purchase two bikes at $2,500 a piece.

Here are the specs for all the bike geeks out there:
Total weight: 48.6 pounds
Battery: Bosch Powerpack 400Wh, DT Mount
Battery weight: 6.8 pounds
Motor: Bosch Performance CX
Motor weight: 6.61 pounds
Estimated range: 30 to 50 miles
Frame: Hydroformed Aluminum Alloy 6061 T6, Trail Performance Geometry
Fork: Rock Shox Judy Gold 120 mm 27.5+
Sprocket: Forged Spider, 18tooth w/ chainguard, steel
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore M600, SG6, shadow plus
Shifter: Shimano Deore M610, 10 Speed
Rims: 27.5”, 45mm ID, Disc Specific
Tires: 27.5” X2.8”, Kenda Havoc