Fire Apparatus Order for City of Boston Given to KME

Nesquehoning, PA–KME announced that the City of Boston’s (MA) Fire Department has awarded KME and its sales representative Bulldog Fire Apparatus an order for three 109-foot KME AerialCat™ rear-mount ladders.

These aerials will join the 10 KME pumpers and two rescues already in service in Boston. The aerials were specifically designed to meet the demands of a challenging urban environment with tight streets and numerous obstacles. The apparatus will be built on KME’s Predator™ Severe Service™ chassis with a 475-hp engine, automatic traction control, and engine brake and transmission retarder for extended brake life and superior braking capability. The 109-foot steel ladders have a 2.5:1 structural safety factor and are manufactured using 100,000-psi steel. They also include 1,500-gpm prepiped waterways and 750-pound tip loads.

Given Boston’s famed historic streets and challenging turns and hills, the trucks offer short 14-foot jack spreads, have a 208-inch wheelbases, and are only 41 feet in overall length. The body corners at the rear are also mitered for better turning radius. Other body features include a combination of rollup and hinged doors, coffin compartments with both top and side access, and ladders accessible from the side of the body for easy access at crowded fire scenes.

According to John Kovatch III, KME’s CEO, “We are pleased that these AerialCat ladders will be joining the KME pumpers and rescues in Boston. Over the last few years, it’s been a pleasure working with our nation’s first professional fire department. These 109-foot ladders include options specifically designed by the fire department for their unique challenges yet still include all the fire service best features of our rear mount ladders.”

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