Army Orders More Pierce HEWATTs

The Pierce HEWATT provides structural as well as airfield crash/rescue support.
The Pierce HEWATT provides structural as well as airfield crash/rescue support.

Pierce Manufacturing has received another order from the U.S. Army for 21 HEMTT-based Water Tender (HEWATT) apparatus.

The purchase is valued at $10.5 million and is in addition to previous orders received for 68 of the vehicles. The first Pierce HEWATT vehicles will be delivered beginning in June 2010, and will be used by Army, National Guard and Army Reserve firefighting units throughout the U.S.

“This new order for 21 HEWATTs is a strong vote of confidence,” said Wilson Jones, the president of the fire and emergency group at Oshkosh Corporation, Pierce’s parent company.

The HEWATT is a multi-purpose water tender designed to provide structural as well as airfield crash/rescue support alongside the Pierce Tactical Fire Fighting Truck (TFFT), ordered previously by the U.S. Army. The HEWATT water tender can provide supplementary fire suppression capabilities to support the TFFT and is able to operate under extreme conditions.

Based on the Oshkosh HEMTT military transporter chassis, the HEWATT features an 8×8 all-wheel-drive axle configuration that can climb a 60-percent grade at full GVW. The apparatus delivers a maximum speed of 62 mph and has a fording clearance of 36 inches.

The firefighting package includes a 2,500-gallon integrated water tank, a 500-gpm single-stage pump, a 50-gallon foam cell, a 250-gpm front bumper turret/monitor and 200 feet of 1-inch hose.

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