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Pierce Receives Major Military Pumper Rescue Order

Issue 11 and Volume 14.

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This Pierce pumper rescue is similar to vehicles ordered by TACOM for deployment in Afghanistan.  (Pierce Manufacturing Photo)

Pierce Manufacturing received a major order from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) for 51 Pierce pumper rescue vehicles, following the recently completed production of 68 pumper rescue vehicles and 68 mini-pumper vehicles. The total value of the three orders is $27.7 million.

A few weeks before the TACOM order, Pierce received a $3.2 million order from the U.S. Navy for eight fire apparatus.

The TACOM pumper rescue vehicles will be deployed throughout Afghanistan in support of the Afghanistan National Security Forces.  Delivery is scheduled to begin in January.

“We have a proven track record of delivering outstanding performance and value to TACOM, and these recent orders directly reflect the quality of our products and our people,” said Wilson Jones, an Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of its Fire & Emergency group, which includes Pierce.

The Pierce pumper rescue is custom-engineered and built on a Ford F-550 crew cab chassis with an integrated 550-gallon water/foam tank and 500-gpm pump. Its firefighting capabilities are maximized with a compressed air foam system (CAFS) to support the quick response requirements in firefighting over the rugged and arid terrain of Afghanistan.

The vehicles are designed to operate 50 percent of their missions on paved roads, 40 percent on unpaved roads and 10 percent off road. They feature a 4X4 chassis with a two-speed transfer case and heavy-duty suspension components. The rescue pumpers can ford water 16-inches deep and maintain a speed of at least 65 mph on a level highway, according to Pierce.

The Navy order includes two 100-foot aerial platforms built on Pierce Velocity custom chassis, two 75-foot aerial ladders also on Velocity chassis, and four Contender by Pierce patrol brush trucks built on Ford F-450 chassis. The eight vehicles will be deployed at U.S. Naval bases.

Each of the two 100-foot aerial platforms features a 500-hp engine, TAK-4 independent front suspension, seating for four firefighters, a 10-inch raised roof, an EMS compartment inside the cab, and Command Zone advanced electronics. The firefighting systems include a 2,000-gpm single stage pump, a 300-gallon water tank, 1,000 feet of 5-inch hose and a Control Zone pump panel.
The two heavy-duty aluminum aerial ladders each feature a 425-hp engine,  6-speed automatic transmission, 19-inch front bumper extension, front airbag protection system, a 340-amp alternator and a 500-gallon water tank. The aerial device features a 750-pound tip load capacity, a 1,500-gpm high flow waterway, a single set of stabilizers, LED lighting on the base and fly sections and remote tip controls.

Each of the four Contender brush trucks features a Ford F-450 chassis with a 6.4-liter diesel engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, 250-gallon water tank, a skid-mounted firefighting system with a Darley pump and gasoline engine and a hose reel capacity of 100 feet of 1-inch hose.

For more information, go to www.piercemfg.com.

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