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There are currently 7 engine companies and 3 ladder companies in New Bedford, supervised by 2 District Chief units.  The NBFD also currently maintains a reserve apparatus fleet that consists of 3 spare engines, and 1 spare ladder truck.

Engine Companies

Engine Co. #1Enngine Co. # 1

Engine 1 is a 2002 Pierce Saber top-mount pumper.  It is equipped with a 1250GPM pump and a 500 gallon water tank.  Engine 1 is assigned to Station 2.

Engine Co. #5ngine Co. # 5

Engine 5 is a 1994 Spartan / Luverne pumper that was formerly assigned to Engine Co. 11 from 1994 until 2005.  It was reassigned to Engine Co. 5 in August of 2008.

Engine Co. #6Engine Co. # 6

Engine 6 is a 2003 Pierce Saber equipped with a 1250GPM pump and a 500 gallon water tank.  It is identical to Engine 1's truck.  Engine 6 operates from Station 6 with Ladder 3.

Engine Co # 7Engine Co. # 7

Engine 7 is assigned this 1999 Pierce Saber pumper with a 1250GPM pump and a 500 gallon water tank.  E7 was the first truck in the city to be assigned the newer style "custom" fire apparatus built by Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, WI.  Engine 7 is assigned to Station 7.

Engine Co. # 8

Engine 8 is assigned this 2008 Pierce Arrow XT pumper with a 1500 gallon per minute pump and a 500 gallon water tank.  It was placed in service in October of 2008.  Engine 8 is assigned to Station 8 along with Ladder 4 and Unit 1.

Engine Co. #9Engine Co. # 9

Engine 9 is assigned this 2001 Pierce Saber 1250GPM top mounted pumper with a 500 gallon water tank.  It is largely identical to Engine 7's pumper.

Engine Co. # 11

Engine 11 is assigned a 2005 Pierce Arrow XT top mounted pumper with a 1250GPM and 500 gallon water tank.  This truck features a lower pump panel for improved visibility on the fire ground and ease of use.  It is also equipped with a computerized pressure relief valve.

Ladder Companies


Ladder Co. # 1 

Ladder 1 is assigned a 2009 Pierce Arrow XT tractor-drawn aerial ladder truck with a 105' ladder.  It is the last tractor-drawn aerial truck in frontline service in the New Bedford Fire Department.


Ladder Co. # 3 

Ladder 3 operates this 2000 Pierce Lance rear-mounted aerial ladder with a 105' ladder.  It is equipped with "All-Steer" which is a system that turns all three axles.  This gives the truck greater maneuverability in narrow streets.  It was the first rear-mount aerial truck in the city.

Ladder Co. # 4

Ladder 4 is assigned this 2004 Pierce 105' rear-mounted aerial truck that originally served as a demonstrator for the Pierce Manufacturing Co. of Appleton, WI.  It was purchased used by the city in 2004 and assigned as "Quint 4" during the time when Engine 8 was disbanded.  When Engine 8 was reorganized, "Quint 4" was redesignated as Ladder 4 once again.

Special Units

Rescue 1

Rescue 1 is a 1999 Freightliner FL70 chassis with a utility body.  This truck is equipped with the mobile cascade system, which is used to refill SCBA breathing air bottles at fire scenes.  It is cross staffed as needed.

Airport 9

Airport 9 is a 1990 Oshkosh T-1500 Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting vehicle (ARFF) housed at the New Bedford Regional Airport.  It is equipped with 1000 gallons of water and also has separate foam and dry chemical tanks.  Airport 9 has both bumper and roof-mounted turret nozzles.  It is staffed  by the members of Engine 7 when it is needed.

Marine 31

Marine 31 is a 31' fireboat built in 1992 with twin inboard engines, a 1000GPM pump and 2 deck guns.  It was originally owned by the Boston Fire Department and designated as the "St. Florian II."  The Boston Fire Department donated the boat to New Bedford in 2008.

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Reserve Apparatus Fleet
New Bedford Fire Department reserve apparatus are typically designated by a 2-digit number.  The first number, 2, indicates the apparatus' status as in reserve.  The second number indicates the station at which the apparatus is housed.

Engine 26

Engine 26 is a 1989 Spartan/Maxim pumper that was originally assigned to Engine Co. 6 from 1989 until 2003.  It also served as Engine 8 from 2006 until 2008.

Engine 27

Engine 27 is a 1989 Spartan / Maxim pumper that was originally assigned to Engine 1 from 1989 until 2002.  It is currently housed at Station 7.

Ladder 25

The reserve ladder truck is a 1997 Simon/LTI quint with a 500 gallon water tank, 1500GPM pump and a 75' aerial ladder.  This truck was originally assigned as "Quint 5," then later Engine 5 before being designated as a spare apparatus.

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