Orange County (CA) Fire Authority Purchases 10 KME Pumpers and Seven Tractor-Drawn Aerials

NESQUEHONING, PA—KME Fire Apparatusannounces the delivery of 10 KME custom pumpers and seven 101-foot tractor-drawn aerials (TDAs) to the Orange County Fire Authority. The new trucks will join more than 100 KME apparatus currently in service at the Orange County Fire Authority. 

The custom pumpers and TDAs are built on KME’s Severe Service™ cab. With a 10-inch raised roof, the Severe Service chassis was engineered in conjunction with the fire service and designed for use in extreme conditions, such as wildland environments or heavy urban use. KME’s Severe Service chassis has been subjected to high-volume use with over one million miles of real-world testing. 

The seven AerialCat™ TDAs feature the following:

  • KME Severe Service Cabs
  • 500-hp engine and Allison transmissions
  • AerialCat 101-foot ladder with prepiped waterways and 300-gallon water tanks
  • Equipment capacities of double the NFPA requirement of an aerial ladder

The 10 new Orange County Fire Authority custom pumpers feature the following:

  • 176-inch wheelbases for tight turning radii
  • 450-hp engines and Allison transmissions
  • 1,500 -gpm midship pumps and a 250-gpm auxiliary pumps for pump-and-roll operations
  • 500-gallon water tanks and 10 gallons of Class “A” foam feeding the onboard direct injection foam systems

The Orange County Fire Authority is a regional fire service agency that serves 23 cities in Orange County, California and all unincorporated areas. The OCFA protects more than 1,680,000 residents from its 71 fire stations located throughout Orange County.

“We are proud to have dozens of KME’s in service in Orange County. These units are custom built and designed for this busy fire department” said Pete Hoherchak, KME Product Manager. “Congratulations to Orange County Fire Authority and thank you for your continued confidence in the KME product.”

For more information, contact KME ( or your local KME dealer (

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