Engine 31 serves as the Silver Spring Community Fire Company's primary apparatus for fire suppression responses. Structural fire fighting engines (pumpers) are designed to deliver water and fire suppression agents (foam) onto the fire at a tactical level through personnel operated hose lines. Engines are the iconic symbol of the fire service.
Squad 31 serves as the Silver Spring Community Fire Company's primary apparatus for vehicle and technical rescue calls. Squads combine the functionality of a structural fire fighting pumper and a rescue truck. Squad 31 has been primarily set up to handle vehicle accidents and vehicle fires carrying a full compliment of hydraulic rescue tools, stabilization equipment and a large quantity of Class B foam used on flammable liquid fires. Squads can also serve as a back up to a structural fire fighting pumper and can also be used as support for regular fire ground operations much like a rescue.
Tanker 31 serves the Silver Spring Community Fire Company in a dual-role capacity. It's primary use as a tanker is to shuttle water from a water source to the fire scene while operating at a rural fire away from fire hydrants. However, Tanker 31 is a hybrid vehicle known as a tanker/pumper which means it is capable in serving in the same role as a structural fire engine. Tankers are often used in large numbers depending on the severity of the fire. Organization of a tanker shuttle is a very difficult, but essential task at a rural fire incident. Multiple vehicles must be coordinated between the fill site and the dump site often resembling an air traffic control situation.
Mini-Pumper 31 serves the Silver Spring Community Fire Company in a very unique role. The role of urban interface/ wild land suppression is common in suburban/rural communities such as Silver Spring Township. The abundance of limited access homes enveloped in forested areas as well as the presence of farm land calls for the need of specialized vehicles. Urban interface vehicles are designed to be smaller versions of structure engines. Urban interface vehicles are capable of handling structural fire suppression in a limited access scenario and are also used in suppression of minor wildland fires depending on access needs.
Traffic 31 serves the Silver Spring Community Fire Company in the role of traffic control and scene safety. Traffic units were initially a unique feature to central PA. Silver Spring Community Fire Company was an early pioneer with a custom designed traffic control vehicle as most others were modified existing vehicles. The role of the traffic unit and the Fire Police is an often over looked, but essential role. Traffic units are used for pre-warning and traffic control on fire scenes and road way incidents. This creates a safety zone for other emergency responders to operate. Traffic units and the Fire Police represent the first line of safety for all first responders working at an emergency scene.
Utility 31 serves the Silver Spring Community Fire Company as the primary response vehicle for medical assist calls. Its small and simple design makes it ideal for this type of response because it is more easily operated and does not require as lengthy driver training requirements. Utility 31 is also used in a support role to haul trailers and as a cargo shuttle for fireground equipment that may need cleaned after an incident prior to being placed back into service.