Hughsonville Fire District

“The Fighting 45”

Established in 1913, Hughsonville serves the Town of Wappinger located 60 miles north of NYC in the Hudson Valley region. This all-volunteer department provides Fire & Technical Rescue services to a 9 square mile area including two arterial highways, a 99 acre shoreline property and 1 1/2 miles of Hudson River shoreline.

Rescue 45-55 (“The Beast”) - 2007 Spartan Gladiator/Rescue 1

Equipped for firefighting and technical rescue including dive team operations, “The Beast” features a 20,000 watt fixed generator, on-board Hurst Trimo electric power unit for extrication tools, a 9,000 watt fixed light tower, two 750 watt telescopic flood lights, two 500 watt portable flood lights, 4,500 lb. cascade system with booster system, 9,000 lb. detachable winch and a command center complete with Ultra High, High and Low band radios, command board and refrigerator.

For firefighting, the rig is outfitted with 11 Scott SCBA’s with 18 spare cylinders, two  MSA thermal imagers, three K950 two rotary saws (roof/forcible entry), two 20" chain saws, a14" cut-off saw with combination blade, “Little Giant” folding ladder, 14' extension ladder, hydraulic forcible entry tool, four 5-gallon containers of AFFF foam, 8.0 hp PPV fan, two electric vent fans, two multi-gas detectors, pinpoint gas meter, a heat sensor gun and Haz-Mat spill mitigation equipment.

Prepared for any technical rescue incident, Rescue 45-55 offers an impressive equipment cache including Hurst extrication tools (“transformer” spreader, cutter and rams in 30” & 60” sizes), portable Hurst Trimo power unit, four ton porta-power, rescue chains, assorted size wood cribbing, six airbags, Dewalt 36-volt power tools, portable Honda generator and multiple air powered tools with a 100' air line reel. In addition, it also carries a K950 concrete chain saw, cutting torch, Res-Q-Jacks (for stabilizing and shoring), two high lift jacks, six 20 ton bottle neck jacks, BLS equipment including oxygen & backboards, high and low angle rope rescue bags with 200' of rope, Stokes basket and confined space air monitoring kit.

In support of the department’s 20 member dive rescue team, the rig is equipped with ten PFD’s, four Stearns cold water rescue suits, four sets of SCUBA gear and eight water rescue life lines.

Fightin’ fires, extrication or water rescue...whatever the call, the Fightin’ 45 does it all as their unique artwork depicts the many specialties of Rescue 45-55.