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E.J. Metals Delivers Rough Terrain Vehicles

Issue 1 and Volume 15.

Army Assault Force 70 Fire-Rescue Rough Terrain Vehicles from E.J. Metals
Army Assault Force 70 Fire-Rescue Rough Terrain Vehicles from E.J. Metals

E.J. Metals, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of wildland fire trucks, has delivered six Assault Force 70 Fire-Rescue Rough Terrain Vehicles (FRRTVs) to the U.S. Army.

The units will be deployed to Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, to provide fire protection for U.S. forces in the region. The purchase was made through contracts with General Services Administration (GSA).

“This FRRTV features the latest high-pressure firefighting technology to provide the ultimate in fire protection for U.S. military installations,” said E.J. Metals President Kevin Quinn. “It simply lets the U.S. Army do more firefighting with less water and foam at a very affordable price, and it provides remarkable versatility.”

The Assault Force 70 is an off-road firefighting model that provides superior firefighting capability, according to the company. The vehicle features a 70-gallon water tank, a five-gallon Class A foam cell, a high-pressure fire pump and a patented, triple-discharge nozzle that allows firefighters to attack brush, wildland, vehicle and structural fires with a variety of water/foam streams. The hydraulically driven, high-pressure system provides six gpm of water/foam discharge at 1,500 psi, delivering approximately 12 minutes of discharge time.

The Assault Force 70 is built on a four-wheel-drive Kubota RTV900, which is powered by a 21.6-hp Kubota diesel engine and has a maximum off-road speed of 25 mph. It has a hose reel with 150 feet of high-pressure hose and a rear control panel. E.J. Metals’ patented triple-discharge water/foam nozzle allows firefighters to change spray patterns (straight stream, light mix and heavy mix) for changing fire conditions. The vehicle has been tilt-table tested to verify its stability and offers 24-degree side-slope capability.

E.J. Metals of Hortonville, Wis., is a designer and custom manufacturer of wildland, all-terrain and specialty fire trucks and high-pressure firefighting systems. For information, go to www.ejmetals.com or call Kevin Quinn at 920-779-9913.

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