Hummels Wharf Fire Co.

“Snyder County Bad Boys”

Established in 1924, this all-volunteer company responds to 250+ calls annually providing Fire, Rescue & EMS First Response to Monroe Twp. The “Snyder County Bad Boys” hold the distinction of operating the first diesel powered fire apparatus (1975) & the first compressed air foam system (2007) in Snyder County.

Engine 7-2 - 2007 Spartan Gladiator/Crimson 2,000 gpm/500 gal./CAFS/40A/50B foam

A twin to Engine 7-1, this rig operates as a rescue engine and is a prime example of a truly well planned apparatus designed to serve the company’s firefighting & rescue needs for many years to come. It’s impressive equipment inventory includes a 2,000 GPM “Monsoon” electric deck gun, electric & gas PPV fans, penetrating nozzle, thermal imager, four gas meter, Wil-Burt light tower, 20  KW hydraulic generator, Amkus XRT Power System, Paratech air struts with tri-pod kit, MaxiForce air bag system, cribbing, high lift jacks and struts as well full EMS equipment including an AED.

Tanker 7-1 - 2007 Mack Granite/SEMO 1,250 gpm/3,000 gal./30A foam

Packing a 3,000 gallon punch, Tanker 7-1 is equipped to operate as a stand-alone firefighting piece if needed. It features two 2” crosslays, 500’ of 1 1/2” forestry hose, 800’ of 3” supply line, an 18” electric remote control deck gun, 2 SCBA’s, a 2,000 gallon port-a-pond, three 10” electric dump valves, two 300 watt telescoping lights, LED tank level indicator lights  and a rear/side mounted camera system for added safety.

Ready for battle are a total of 5 pre-connects off the rear hosebed including:

  1. Blue - 300’ of 2” attack line (water)

  2. White - 300’ of 2” attack line (Class A & B foam)

  3. Yellow - 135’ of 2” attack line (Medium expansion foam for use at MVA’s)

  4. Blue - 150’ of 3” supply line with gated wye (“leader line”/FDC hook-up)

  5. Yellow - 150’ of 3” attack line (“bomb line”) with portable “Stinger” monitor

  6. Yellow - 1,300’ of 5” LDH supply line

  7. 50’ hard suction (stored in hosebed compartment)

In addition, the rig also features twin reels (130’ electric & 100’ for Amkus spreader, cutter or 60” ram) and a portable Amkus pump as a back-up.

The pump panel features color coded controls that correspond to the four 2” crosslays. The pump operator’s compartment features notched, flush mounted brackets for adapters and other tools. Specified custom by Hummels Wharf (a first for Crimson), this feature not only reduces the profile of stored equipment but also allows for increasing future storage capacity in all the compartments.

Hummels Wharf also maintains their 1951 Mack 750 gpm sedan cab pumper that was completely restored by a work crew from Albion State Prison. The Mack was “sent to prison” where it was completely disassembled, sandblasted, repainted and had all the running boards replaced with new diamond plate. The quality restoration of this rig using prisoners puts a whole new spin on the word “rehabilitation”

The officer’s side features a 4 bottle 6,000 psi cascade system complete with an explosion proof fill enclosure providing this apparatus with even more versatility on the fireground.

Set-up for vehicle extrication, this front bumper design coupled with short 32’ 2” wheelbase allows the rig to “nose-in” to the scene reducing its’ overall profile on the narrow country roads Hummels Wharfs covers. It is outfitted with a pre-piped deck gun, 5” intake, two 100’ hydraulic reels for an Amkus spreader & cutter, 24” & 60” Amkus rams, a chain kit, extend-a-tips, 130’ electric reel with 2 Sawzalls, 100’ air reel with air tools, a vehicle rescue tool kit and other AMKUS accessories.

The six man cab provides means for rest and rehabilitation during extended operations on remote back roads. Amenities include a hot/cold water cooler, mini-fridge (due to be added), microwave oven and assorted food/drinks.

Starting in 2001, Hummels Wharf initiated a strategic plan to upgrade their apparatus and equipment. Using federal grants, they were able to secure AED’s & thermal imagers for both front line engines and the squad, an 8 wheeled amphibious vehicle with trailer and a 2006 Ford/Reading squad vehicle for EMS first response and rescue support. Bear in mind this was the first new vehicle purchased by the company since 1975 when the company set a precedent with the first diesel powered engine in the county (a 1975 Mack MB/Howe).

The company achieved a tremendous milestone in 2005-2006 by securing a $200,000+ grant allowing them to replace their entire front line fleet with a state of the art engine, rescue engine and 3,000 gallon tanker.

Note: Photographing this apparatus in its’ entirety was a process that took approximately two years. I first saw this rig in September 2007 at the NJ State Firemen’s Convention where I had the opportunity to get “the grand tour” from the fire chief of Hummels Wharf (thanks again Chief!!). At that time, I photographed the cab, front bumper, all the compartments and hosebed as shown above - unfortunately due to the proximity of other display vehicles, I was unable to photograph the actual rig itself. Despite plans to photograph it after the show ended, the rig left before I had the chance to. As Hummels Wharf is located over 230 miles away from my home on Long Island, New York,I figured that I would have to be happy with just the compartment photos. Fast forward to September 2009 at the PA State Firemen’s Convention Parade where I was happy to see that Hummels Wharf Engine 7-2 was in attendance!! It was well worth the wait to be able to complete the full picture series which is featured above.









Copyright 2007 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2007 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2007 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2007 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2007 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2007 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2007 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2007 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2007 Tom Rinelli