/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
Minnesota National Guard
Camp Ripley receives new Tactical Fire Fighting Truck

CAMP RIPLEY, MINN " Soldiers from Camp Ripley finished their training with a new fire truck August 28

The Tactical Fire Fighting Truck, which was built by Pierce Manufacturing, Inc, and has a $700,000 price tag, was based off the current Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck chassis The equipment on this version of the HEMTT was specially designed for the TFFT, and makes it more versatile than the standard fire truck

"This is not for your run-of-the-mill on-post fire stuff," said Roger Smith, production manager, Heavy Tactical Vehicles "It can do that, but it is designed to go where other trucks can't get to"

Download photos
The TFFT, only one of 138 in the Army and the last one to be fielded, was issued to Minnesota because of the high number of wildfires (about 1,200 annually) that happen in the state Its main purposes will be to deploy to a remote crash site for fire control and rescue, as well as serve as a brush truck during wildfires  But it is also serves in several different situations, such as aircraft and automobile firefighting and rescue, and structural fires
"Our job was to design a fire package around a HEMTT, and this is the result," said Smith

The TFFT, along with the HEMTT-based Water Tender (which will be fielded next year) will support a crew of seven firefighters in full Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus gear, and holds wildfire tools, rescue tools, various saws and other tools

By Sgt Daryl G Sanford
Camp Ripley Public Affairs NCO

Pierce TFFT Brochure.pdf

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

100 Years Ago, Camp Cody's "Grand Old Man" formed 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2018-01-18  12:59 PM
Gen. Augustus Blocksom Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards, Chinese and Filipinos. He brought that experience to Camp Cody, New Mexico where he assembled units from across the mid-West to form the 34th Infantry Division in 1917.

Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
Minnesota National Guard JOHNSTON, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017.

Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.

Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, 'expeditionary' era

Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.

Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico - It has been more than two months since Hurricane Maria stuck Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of disaster behind it. The island was in dire need of some extra help. More than 230 Air National Guardsmen from 29 states have been deployed to the island and are helping in any way they can.

Eleven of those Airmen are from the Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn. and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of St. Paul, Minn., are no exception in their desire to lend a helping hand. They have been at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico, since before Thanksgiving and will leave around mid-December. Their mission is to feed military and civilian hurricane relief workers, giving them the much-needed fuel to complete their mission throughout the day.

Article archive