Meet the Chaparral Brush Truck
The Chaparral is the wildland, first response, quick attack truck. It is designed to be the first truck out of the station giving other engines the crucial time to setup.
The Chaparral series of fine fuel grass rigs consists of five models varying with the chassis and the size of the tank.
The B-3 Chaparral Brush Truck - Type 6 Wildland Engine
The B-3 is built on a chassis with a 60-64 inch cab to axle measurement, dual rear wheels and 13,500 GVW with a 300 gallon poly tank. The B-3 is typically built on a Ford F-350 chassis*.
The B-4 Chaparral Brush Truck - Type 5 Wildland Engine
The B-4 is built on a chassis with a 60-64 inch cab to axle measurement, dual rear wheels and 15,000 GVW or higher. The B-4 has a 400 gallon poly tank and is usually built on a Ford F-450 or F-550 chassis*. The B-4 has the same footprint as the B-3 with a larger tank.
The B-5 Chaparral Brush Truck - Type 5 Wildland Engine
The B-5 is built on a chassis with a 84 inch cab to axle measurement, dual rear wheels and 18,000 GVW or higher. The B-5 has a 500 gallon poly tank and is usually built on a Ford F-550 chassis*. The B-5 is our most popular Chaparral.
The B-6 Chaparral Brush Truck - Type 5 Wildland Engine
The B-6 is built on a chassis with a 84 inch cab to axle measurement, dual rear wheels and 18,000 GVW or higher. The B-6 has a 600 gallon poly tank and is usually built on a Ford F-550 chassis*. The B-6 has the same footprint as the B-5 with a larger tank.
The B-8 Chaparral Brush Truck - Type 4 Wildland Engine
The B-8 is built on a mid-sized chassis. The B-8 has a standard 800 gallon poly tank, upgradeable to 1000, 1250 and 1500 gallons depending on the chassis size and GVW.
*Other chassis manufacturers are available such as Dodge and International.
Chaparral Brush Truck Standard Features
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.
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.
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.
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.
A tankvision water level indicator is installed on the left side of the pump panel.
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.
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.
The plumbing tank to pump is 2-1/2 inch with one quarter turn valve. The plumbing from pump to draft is 2-1/2 inch with one quarter turn valve, 30 deg turn down, suction adapter and chrome plug with chain. With both valves open, the suction assembly will function as a quick fill.
The pump control panel is mounted in the BATROPS crosswalk for 360 degree visibility and to keep the operator free of surrounding threats. It has the following functions: pump start/stop, choke, pressure and throttle control, water level indicator and valve controls for all discharges. If a foam system or CAFS is installed, these controls and components are located in the pump panel.
Aluminum is used when strength is not required to save weight or for aesthetic reasons. Aluminum tread plate "kick panels" are used throughout the BATROPS walkway area to minimize paint scratches.
Chaparral Brush Truck Options
This option includes one additional body harness for the Blanchat Restraint System.
A set of two wheel chocks are mounted in the rear wheel wells.
A 5 lb dry chemical fire extinguisher with 40-B:C is mounted to the bed for easy access.
A first aid kit is mounted in an easily accessible location.
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.
The recessed poly tank is upgraded from 500 to 600 gallons.
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.
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. One or two 1.5" crosslay discharges can be installed.
The main indicator is installed in the pump panel with a mini slave in the cab.
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.
Xtreme Offroad Package
The Xtreme Offroad package includes four Super Swamper Singles tires with a max load rating of 6400 lbs each. These tires are mounted on steel rims, powder-coated black. The suspension is raised three inches and a leveling kit is installed. The front fenders are cut larger to accomodate the motion of the front wheels and rubber fender flares are added to the fender molding. This option also includes the Abrasive Road Protection package with nerf bars, incorporated front mud flaps and Superliner coating on the front of the body to protect against flying road debris.
Standard Roll-Over Protection
The Chaparral features 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.
- Greg Blanchat
No other industry manufacturer features a Fire Attack Operational Area that follows SAE J1194 for roll-over protection.
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.
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.
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