All-New Pierce Saber Sets Higher Performance and Value Benchmarks for Industry Standard Custom Chassis

APPLETON, Wis. (April 10, 2014) – Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, today introduced the all-new Pierce® Saber® custom fire chassis at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) exposition at booth #8930 in Lucas Oil Stadium. FDIC opens today and runs through April 12. The new Saber sets the leading edge in the industry standard custom chassis market.

“The new Saber chassis is an exciting addition to the industry’s finest custom apparatus lineup, and – with its expanded cab room, increased visibility, and enhanced chassis performance –represents a major improvement in the industry standard category,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency.  “As one of Pierce’s most popular custom chassis, a tremendous amount of engineering time and customer input was devoted to this very important new product. We are thrilled to debut the new Saber custom chassis at FDIC 2014.”

Developed with assistance and input from fire departments nationwide, the new Saber custom chassis retains the simple, straightforward, and durable features for which it’s long been known.

Increased Cab Room

The cab interior offers significantly more room for firefighters, and features a raised roof transition line moved forward to create a “cathedral ceiling” effect. Hip, shoulder, and legroom for the driver and officer are appreciably increased. The engine, transmission and radiator package is repositioned lower, allowing for a less obtrusive engine tunnel. The rear wall has been extended for added crew space, and its patent-pending design allows departments to easily reposition the seating configuration in minutes.

Enhanced Security Features

The new Pierce Saber features a flat floor in the crew cab area to provide surer footing. The stair steps are low, and offset to function like stairs for easier entry and exit. The roomy cab provides easier access to safety belts. A one-piece wraparound windshield delivers excellent outward visibility.

More Capable Chassis

The new Saber chassis offers a medium-block engine with up to 450 hp. A 50-degree cramp angle offers greater maneuverability along narrow roads, alleys and cul-de-sacs.  A hardwired electrical system with organized wiring “raceways” speeds troubleshooting.  

“The Saber custom chassis remains a simple, straightforward, and dependable chassis, and delivers 100 percent Pierce quality and performance at a very competitive price point,” added Johnson. “That’s a winning combination that will resonate with fire departments large and small, from coast to coast.”

 If you missed the new Saber at FDIC, experience a 360-degree tour at piercemfg.com, or contact your local Pierce sales representative for more information.

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