Chesapeake Fire Department Buys 11 Pierce PUC Pumpers

The first of 11 Pierce PUC pumpers is delivered to the Chesapeake Fire Dept.
The first of 11 Pierce PUC pumpers is delivered to the Chesapeake Fire Dept.

The Chesapeake (Va.) Fire Department has ordered 11 Pierce Ultimate Configuration pumpers and a firefighter rehabilitation vehicle with a 24-foot walk-in body.

The first pumper was delivered in late January, and all remaining vehicles are due to be delivered by October. The total apparatus order is valued at $6.75 million.

The Chesapeake Fire Department was introduced to the PUC body configuration at an industry trade show in 2007. The PUC alters the way the fire service configures apparatus by removing the bulky pumphouse.

“Our fire trucks were lacking important safety features and performance technologies,” said Chesapeake Chief Stephen Best. “Vehicle downtime, repairs and out-of-service time were driving up the costs of operating an older fleet. A creative lease-to-purchase program along with a supportive administration and city council allowed us to get this new fleet of front-line pumpers.”

Built on Pierce Quantum chassis, the pumpers are identically configured, with the exception of five having flat cab roofs to accommodate lower-height station doors.

Features on each pumper include TAK4 independent front suspension, a 435-hp engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission, a 400-amp alternator, 27-inch front bumper extension, a wireless headset radio system for the driver and officer, hands-free SCBA brackets, keyless entry and a Whelen LED lighting package. Fire-fighting features include a 1500-gpm sin-gle-stage pump, a 750-gallon water tank, a Husky 12 dual agent foam system and a radio remote control deck gun.

“The PUC configuration has taken its rightful position as one of the most successful innovations in our company’s history,” said Wilson Jones, executive vice president at Oshkosh Corporation, Pierce’s parent company.

The Chesapeake Fire Department protects the city with 15 fire stations, 17 engines, 3 ladder trucks and 9 medic units. The department averages 24,000 calls a year. Singer Associates, a Pierce dealer, supplies service and support.

Pierce Manufacturing makes custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, minipumpers, elliptical tankers and homeland security apparatus. The company also designs foam systems.

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