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Lance Cpl. Ana Beylar lights a fire pit during P-19 P-19R evaluations at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point N.C., Oct. 28, 2014. Beylar is an aircraft rescue firefighter with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron. Beyler is a native of Fishers, Ind.

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P-19 advances into new era, Cherry Point test out new features

12 Nov 2014 | Lance Cpl. Neysa Huertas Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

    

Highly qualified aircraft rescue firefighting Marines from around the Marine Corps gathered to evaluate a new, improved firefighting vehicle Oct. 30.

The newer firefighting platform is being evaluated for possible use across the Marine Corps.

According to Chris Connell, the project officer for the P-19 replacement program, the new model is safer and more responsive.

“This new equipment is more reliable than the old P-19,” said Connell. “It has a better engine, a smoother ride and an updated computer system.”

The new truck’s computer enhanced driving system helps drivers by compensating for climate conditions and alerts drivers to unsafe driving speeds.

According to Connell, the larger engine of the new P-19 allows it to reach speeds up to 50 mph. The increased speed and maneuverability will allow ARFF Marines to better respond to emergencies.

Additionally the P-19 replacement is equipped with a longer hose and a ladder that make it better equipped to maneuver around newer and larger aircraft like the MV-22B Osprey. The upgraded P-19 weighs 44,000 lbs fully loaded with 1,000 gallons of water and 130 gallons of firefighting foam. The improved water and foam capacity will reduce the amount of time ARFF crew members require to resupply the truck during an emergency, said Master Gunnery Sgt. John Lavoie, ARFF training analyst with the Training and Education Standards Division.

According Lavoie, the updated version of the P-19 was built with components that are found in other proven military vehicles. This provides both a more versatile vehicle and a less complex structure for P-19 mechanics.

“This truck has extended capabilities that improve the readiness of our military occupation,” said Lavoie, “We now have a deployable vehicle that is ready for anything, from aircraft crash fire rescue to structural firefighting.”

The most qualified ARFF Marines from across the Marine Corps were chosen to take part in the performance evaluation of the new P-19. These Marines were selected based on their proficiency as ARFF Marines.

“Marines have worked on the replacement program for years to ensure the new P-19 meets all Marine Corps standards,” said Connell. “There are currently two new P-19 fire trucks in the Marine Corps with an expected 164 in the future. These trucks took approximately five years to obtain and are going through final evaluations now. These evaluations are being conducted with the highest safety precautions to ensure the safety of everyone involved.”


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