Stevens County Emergency Services, located in a rural fire district, needed a wildland brush truck that could also serve as a mini tanker.

By Alan M. Petrillo

Stevens County Emergency Services covers 720 square miles of a very rural fire district from two stations, with a full-time paid chief, and 15 volunteer firefighters. The department runs two wildland urban interface (WUI) engines, a rescue-pumper, two 3,000-gallon tankers (tenders), and two brush trucks, all of them four-wheel drive, but found it needed a wildland brush truck that could also serve as a mini tanker. Stevens County turned to Weis Fire & Safety to build that vehicle.

“We wanted the new truck to be a primary brush truck but with a much larger water tank than typical for a brush rig so we wouldn’t have to pull off the fire line and refill water as often,” says Rodney Kelling, chief of Stevens County Emergency Services. “Our new truck had to be four-wheel drive, and we wanted a bigger chassis which could hold a larger water tank. We also wanted as much storage capacity as possible, and a bumper turret so the vehicle could be operated by one firefighter if necessary.”

Mike Weis, owner of Weis Fire & Safety, says the new rig for Stevens County is a Weis Stallion 1500™ model built on a 2023 Freightliner M2 106 chassis and two-door cab, powered by a 350-horsepower (hp) engine, and an Allison 3000 EVS automatic transmission, with a Hale HPX275-B35 pump powered by a 35-hp Briggs & Stratton gasoline engine, and a 1,500-gallon UPF Poly® water tank.

Weis says the Stallion 1500 has in-cab electronic remote start/stop pump engine controls, a Task Force Tips Tornado electronic monitor on the extended front bumper, two one-inch hose Kocheck lightweight booster whip lines with Task Force Tips QuadraFog adjustable gallonage pistol grip nozzles, two ground sweep nozzles, and a Hannay heavy-duty electric rewind booster reel.

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