Squad 6 - 2002 Pierce Lance

Seating seven, this rig features a 9,000 watt light tower, two electric Hurst Duo pumps, seven reels (4 hydraulic, 2 electric & 1 air) and a 9,000 lb. portable winch. It is equipped with a full Hurst extrication tool system (spreader, cutter, combi tool & 5 rams), air bags, air powered tools as well as for water rescue, rapid intervention & haz-mat mitigation. This rig replaced a 1978 Ford/Swab heavy rescue that was donated to a rural fire department in southern Missouri.

Featured on the October 2002 cover of Fire Chief Magazine, this rig represented the first time ever that Pierce custom mounted tools after Emmitsburg’s members measured all the tools in-house for mounting exactly as they wanted them for maximum efficiency based on their operations.

Home to the National Fire Academy, the Vigilant Hose Co. operates one of the most visited stations in the world. Organized in 1884, the company’s 100 plus volunteer members provide Fire & Rescue protection to the Emmitsburg community.









Engine Tanker 2000 Pierce Dash 1500 gpm/1500 gal./40 Class A foam

Featuring side & rear air operated dump valves, this rig was the first in its’ region to be equipped with CAFS. It replaced a 30 year old tanker that was donated to a rural fire department in Arkansas.  

Engine 63 - 1989 Pierce Lance 1250 gpm/1000 gal.

This rig is the first enclosed cab apparatus operated by Vigilant Hose Co.

Tower 6 - 1994 Pierce Lance 100’/1500 gpm/300 gal.

Antique - 1851 Hose Cart

Built locally for just $13 dollars, this rig carried riveted leather hose and is now on display in the station’s museum.