The 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company recently received a mini-makeover as the unit acquired new 10-ton dump trucks; HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) A-4’s and general mechanics tool boxes.
The new equipment replaces the 5-ton dump trucks and the outdated HEMTTs and tool boxes.
“The new equipment enables us to more efficiently conduct our mission,” said Capt. Langston Turner, 911th Technical Rescue Eng. Co., commander. “As far as the dump trucks, we’ve gained a 50 percent increase in capability. When it comes to hauling rubble and other debris, the new trucks will allow us to make fewer trips.”
The 911th is supposed to have 10-ton dump trucks, according to Alphonso Pendergrass, a retired Army National Guard Major and the Aviation Maintenance/Force Modernization Officer for the Military District of Washington, so the unit is now able to operate at 100 percent capacity.
“The new vehicles are more electronically sophisticated than the old trucks,” said Pendergrass.
From a maintenance standpoint, you can detect problems with the maintenance support device. The maintenance support device allows mechanics to electronically find faults in the trucks without having to manually search through them. The electronic upgrades will expand the life of the vehicles, cut down on maintenance time and allow more time for working on other projects.
“That is a big improvement,” said Pendergrass. “The tool boxes are shadowed which means there is a slot to put each tool back in the box. It increases productivity because they have the right tools to do the job.”
The dump trucks have a loading system that tells how much weight is in the back of the vehicle to avoid overloading.
“All the systems are tied into one another, so once something malfunctions it will send us a code telling us what the fault is,” said Spc. Dee Allen, 911th Technical Rescue Eng. Co., wheeled vehicle mechanic. “We can troubleshoot it and we can pin point the exact problem.”
The new upgrades will give the 911th mechanics a taste of the civilian world, according to Sgt. John Snodgrass, 911th Technical Rescue Eng. Co., maintenance noncommissioned officer-in-charge.
“The new equipment allows us to be more interactive with the vehicle and allows them to get a taste of the civilian side of maintenance,” said Snodgrass. “You can see what the vehicle is doing without tearing it apart.”
Along with increasing the lifespan of the trucks and locating mechanical problems faster, the new trucks will also save the company money, said Turner.
“Making fewer trips with the trucks lowers our overall fuel cost,” said Turner. “We will see a lot of financial benefits from training and maintenance cost. Parts were being phased out, so we won’t need as much manpower to fabricate things we may need for them.”