The LFC Blog Walk-around
Here we showcase some of the LFC's most recent built Lego fire apparatus.
If there is a recurring theme here at the walk-around section, it's having a build that is super unique. James K's NCX Crash 1 is no exception. As probably the only Lego Colet Jaguar out there, NCX Crash 1 stands out among the ARFF rigs out there!
About the Colet Jaguar:
The Colet Jaguar K/30 RIV carries 3000 gallons of water and extinguishing agents on board. In addition, the rig has a 1600 horsepower, triple-turbocharged engine that allows it to travel up to 115 MPH. Also on the rig is a Colet Powerflow boom with piercing and fog nozzles capable of flowing both foam and water.
NCX fire department operates 1 Chief/Command ("800"), 2 ARFFs (CR801, CR802), 3 structural engines (E803, E803R, ET809), 1 interface engine (E806), 1 mini pumper (AX805), 1 brush (BX804), 1 aerial (TL807), and 1 ALS ambulance (M811). Future plans include a walk in rescue (R808), terminal F/EMS cart (AX810), Major Support Unit [MCI, HM] (R812), and stair truck ("813")
Seeing that we are on a roll with aerial ladders, here's one of the best Lego models of a Bronto Skylift, brought to us by Olivier L!
About the FDLC Bronto Skylift:
Quebec City, Quebec operates this 2016 E-ONE Bronto RLP134 as aerial 704. This is the city's second 134 after aerial 709, placed in service in 2011. The only difference between both units is that 709 runs as a quint unit and 704 as a truck company. On the Lego side, this unit was made possible by the help of David Hensley. Without his telescopic boom concept, I (Olivier) never would have been able to work this truck out. It took me several hours to develop the jib boom to have sturdy yet lightweight enough. However, this thing is still so heavy, the hydraulics are barely strong enough to hold it. I have to rework some small details to make it surdier in general. Overall, I'm extremely happy with the end result and with the return of a Bronto in the FDLC fleet. I remember my first one from almost 10 years ago and this has come a long way. The booms used to be made of bricks and technic beams and alway were enormous. I feel like this one captures the looks of the actual truck more than I ever was capable of doing before. As a builder, I always try and challenge myself to build more realistic units and better overall apparatus. This truck was probably my biggest challenge in a long time, but now that it has been accomplished, I have a stepping stone for more special projects like this one.
About the E-ONE Bronto Skylift:
Bronto Skylift is one of the premier developers for aerial platforms and appliances worldwide. Though the market is considerably smaller in North America, Bronto Skylifts can be found in many departments! Perhaps the major selling point for the Bronto Skylift is its ability to articulate and reach where other ladders cannot go.
Feuerwehr Farnheim is one of the most unique fire departments in the Lego Fire Community, due to the scale as well as the functionality/playability of the rigs. Most recently, they have placed in service this special ladder truck especially made for small streets and backyards where regular turntable ladders cannot fit.
About the Alley cat:
The Alley cat is special ladder truck that is in service at the Copenhagen and Stockholm fire departments. This device is used in some areas which cannot handle the weight of a traditional turntable ladder. This Bob-cat, or alley-cat (as referred to by our friends from Europe), is therefore an excellent alternative. This particular unit is stored on a tilt-deck and unloaded as close to the fire as possible since the maximum speed is roughly 6 miles per hour (~10 kilometers/hour). An interesting feature is that the device can move with the ladder raised to 50 degrees, making it more maneuverable. This motorized aerial device can reach 65 feet (20 meters) in the air.
Today's walk-around features Matt J. and his fantastic Seagrave Lo-Pro! What sets this rig apart from other rigs are the many details including the fully pre-piped waterway, the K-12 box, the company shield design, the tribute to 9/11, the Seagrave logo, and the electrical tape for hose, amongst other details.
About FDLC Truck Co. 57
Liberty County's Truck Co. 57 operates this 2007 Seagrave Lo-Pro. It is equipped with a 100' rear mounted aerial with a pre piped waterway. Truck 57 is housed along with Engine 57 at Station 57 in Arcola, NJ.
For today's walk-around, we have the privilege of having a close-up view of Sven's replica of FDNY's TSU 1. This model contains many of the features the real rig has which includes a 4x4 chassis, a working crane, and the life boat.
About FDNY TSU 1: FDNY operates two Tactical Support Units (TSU). TSU 1 is housed at Special Operations Command while TSU 2 is housed with Engine 160, Rescue 5, and Division 8 on Staten Island. Both rigs are twins and are built on a 4x4 International 7500 chassis with Seagrave bodywork. An Auto Crane on the officer's side of the body helps lift the six-person Avon boat and heavy equipment from the top of the body. The apparatus also carries generators, special chainsaws for underwater use, powerful electric generators, portable pontoon boats, a telescoping light tower, and night-vision goggles.
We're back baby! During our short three-month hiatus, plenty of awesome MOCs were posted across the various social media platforms, and we are trying our best to gather some of the best rigs and give them the recognition they deserve! If you know of some rigs that should be featured on this page, hit us up on the comments below, or the contact form!
To kick things off, we have a pair of Ocean Brick's blue rigs. Even though each rig serves a different community, they pretty much have the same color scheme. While one is a newer piece, the other is a true classic. Blue fire trucks are definitely a unique commodity in the LFC! Well done!
Here at the LFC Blog, we do our best to present MOCs (My Own Creations) that are unique and are not your typical fire truck. Some of you might know that I am fairly intrigued by articulating platforms. Josh A's E-ONE Quest/Bronto certainly fits the bill!
About Mesa Beach Fire Department: Mesa Beach Fire Department is a beachside community just outside of Brick Borough. At the time of the photoshoot, Mesa Beach had just acquired the E-ONE/Bronto from Brick Borough, hence the decals from Brick Borough.
About Mesa Beach Truck 1: Truck 1 is a 2018 E-One Quest equipped with a 114' Bronto Skylift, 2000 gpm pump, 270 gal water, and 30 gal foam tank. The articulating aerial device is extremely useful for technical rescues or getting into hard to reach areas that the beach has to offer. Boom credits to DH, and cab credits to Paulo R.
Continuing with the trend of posting awesome tillers, this is one of the first E-ONE tillers with an accurate tiller man's cab that I have seen! Congrats to Stud Ridge Fire Rescue for building a great rig!
About Studington Fire and Rescue Station 6: Located in the Northeast part of Studington, SFR Station 6 - Riverview is a densely populated area located adjacent to the Brick River, and bordering the city of Stud Ridge. This area, covered by Station 6, has both residential and commercial buildings, mostly five stories or more. Some buildings are heritage, while others are brand new. Riverview has several schools in it, including Riverview Secondary and Studington Christian School. In addition, the Studington Spartans’ Stadium (the Triple S) is also in the district. Due to the dense population, Station 6 is one of the busiest fire houses in Studington, with 35+ calls a day.
About SFR Truck 6: Truck 6 is a 2018 E-One Cyclone II Tiller. It carries standard truck equipment, and since it is a SOC Support Truck company, it carries some hazmat, technical and water rescue, and other types of specialty gear. (A small support truck is on order to carry the more specialized items). Truck 6’s first due includes the eastern part of Downtown Stud Ridge, or Riverview. This area is predominantly hi rise buildings and borders a large river. The tiller enables a small turning radius for the highly urban district. The aerial rotates 360 degrees and can be deployed at a negative angle. Cab credits to Ed Vulcano, and some help with the turntables from Paulo R and Michael P.
My dear goodness gracious! If there's one thing that you probably know about me, it's that I absolutely love tillers XD Anyway, featured in today's walk-around is Bricklington County Fire Department Truck 106, which in my opinion, is one of the best tillers ever made! With a brick built aerial device that extends, functional doors, and functional 5th wheel steering, Truck 106 has some really neat features! If you have not done so already, be sure to check out Bricklington County Fire Department's website!
About the BCFD: The Bricklington County Fire Department is a career staffed department providing comprehensive fire, rescue, and EMS services to the citizens of Bricklington County, an area of 28.4 square miles. The BCFD is a career staffed department and operates 10 Engines, 4 Trucks, 2 Rescues, 6 Medics, and a variety of command and specialist units out of 10 stations strategically located throughout Bricklington.
About Truck 106: Truck Company 106 is housed at station 106 which is located in the Northwest area of Bricklington County. Truck 106’s first due area includes commercial areas, residential neighborhoods, and a stretch of Interstate 66. Truck 106 operates this 2018 Pierce Ascendant 107’ TDA. In addition to standard truck company equipment, and a large compliment of ground ladders, the truck is equipped with a set of extrication tools for accident responses. The maneuverability of the tiller allows it to easily navigate narrow residential streets, shortening response times.
This model was built to be as detailed and functional as possible. Several of the storage compartments can open, the ladder is fully functional, the rear wheel can turn, the roto-ray can spin, and there is room for internal ladder storage.
The awesome Sven is at it again! For those who haven't seen it yet, he has built a working replica of FDNY Tower Ladder 13. This outstanding model features not only a working Aerialscope boom, but also countless of decals that go around the rig. In addition, little items, such as the Stokes basket, the water cooler on the driver's side, and the gated wye all contribute to the masterful build that Sven made!
About FDNY Tower Ladder 13: FDNY's Tower Ladder 13 is one of many Seagrave Aerialscopes the department operates. This particular model is a 75 foot Aerialscope. A unique feature of this rig is the horseshoe located on the grille. Tower Ladder 13 is housed with Engine 22, Battalion 10, and FDR 2 in Manhattan.
About the Seagrave Aerialscope II: The Aerialscope II has been the FDNY's choice for a tower ladder due to its time tested reliability and stability over its lifetime! Although the department has tried other manufacturers such as Sutphen or a rear mount American LaFrance ladder tower, FDNY always returned to the Aerialscope for a variety of reasons. What sets the Aerialscope apart from other platforms is in its construction. Built more like a crane than a ladder, the aerial device is virtually indestructible, as many would attest. While most ladders can take out a single window, the Aerialscope can literally take out a wall! In addition, Aerialscopes are among the simplest devices to maneuver, making rescues more efficient. Another benefit the Aerialscope has to offer is that only one pair of outriggers extend out, allowing the rig to setup in tight conditions.