Dekalb County (GA) Purchases Nine Pierce Arrow XT Pumpers

APPLETON, WI—Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation  company, received an order for nine Pierce® Arrow XT™ custom pumpers from the DeKalb County (GA) Fire and Rescue Department. This is the department’s first purchase of Pierce apparatus. The vehicles will be delivered beginning in early 2014.

“Through our regular competitive bid process, Pierce came in a little higher in terms of price, yet they fully met the specifications that we identified. Our Fleet Maintenance Division completed an assessment of the metro Atlanta area and found Pierce to have a lower overall cost to operate than other apparatus manufacturers,” said DeKalb County Fire Chief, Edward O’Brien.

Each of the nine pumpers features a 400-hp engine, a galvanneal steel body, a 10-inch raised roof cab, and seating for five firefighters. The apparatus also feature Pierce Command Zone® advanced electronics and control systems, a 1,000-gpm water pumps, 500-gallon water tanks, 30-gallon foam cells, and three crosslays.

“We’re a very busy department, with some engine companies responding to 5,000 calls per year, and we need apparatus that are reliable and durable,” noted Chief O’Brien. “Our protection area includes high-rises, suburban communities, several college campuses, five hospitals, four large shopping malls and the second busiest airport in the state. We have a little bit of everything down here.”

DeKalb is the third most populous county in the state and is located in the metro Atlanta area, with close to 700,000 residents. DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Department responded to more than 98,000 calls in 2012 providing the following services: fire suppression, emergency medical, community education, fire investigation, fire inspection, hazardous material mitigation, technical rescue, dive/swift water rescue, canine search and rescue, and fire prevention.

Pierce dealer, Ten-8 Fire and Safety Equipment of Georgia, provides local service and support through its full service facilities in Forsyth, Georgia.

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