Pierce Delivers Five Velocity Apparatus to AZ Fire Department

Pierce delivered four Pierce® Velocity™ pumpers and one Pierce Velocity 105-foot heavy-duty ladder to the Lake Havasu Fire Department in Lake Havasu, Arizona, making the department’s entire front line fleet Pierce. The vehicles are shown on the historic London Bridge, which is located in Lake Havasu. (Photo courtesy of Scott Jacobs / Red Cloud Photography.)

APPLETON, WI—Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation company, delivered four Pierce® Velocity™ pumpers and one Pierce Velocity 105-foot heavy-duty ladder to the Lake Havasu City (AZ) Fire Department. The five apparatus were acquired through a lease-to-purchase program and will join a Pierce Velocity pumper purchased in 2008, making the department’s entire frontline fleet Pierce apparatus.

“An important objective of our department was to standardize apparatus, and every one of our six stations now is home to a Pierce Velocity vehicle,” says John Kowalski, Lake Havasu City Fire Department fire captain and head of the apparatus purchasing committee. “Pierce’s ability to customize the body configuration to provide extra storage was very important. And, the Detroit DD13 engine is a big point of difference between Pierce and others we considered.”

“The Velocity chassis, matched with the Pierce exclusive DD13 big block engine, has been an excellent performer for the department since 2008,” says Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “As a rural fire department, and one without nearby mutual aid, Lake Havasu City first responders need to be self-sufficient. Pierce is proud to meet the need.”

The four identical Pierce Velocity pumpers feature Detroit DD13 450-hp big block engines, Command Zone™ advanced electronics systems, raised-roof cabs, seating for six firefighters, 19-inch extended front bumpers, two EMS cabinets, and full depth compartments with LED strip lighting. The firefighting systems include a 1,500-gpm single-stage pumps, 750-gallon water tanks, Husky® 3 single-agent foam systems (with a 20-gallon foam cells), a full complement of ground ladders, two crosslays, and deluge monitors.

Also built on a Velocity chassis, the 105-foot heavy-duty aerial ladder features a DD13 500-hp engine, tandem rear axles, seating for six firefighters, a rear view camera, and a dual-module vehicle data recorder. The body is equipped with a 500-gallon water tank, ground ladder storage inside the torque box, and full-height and full-depth compartments.

“Our vehicle replacement program had been delayed for some time, and Fire Chief Dennis Mueller built a plan for the city council and finance department to evaluate,” says Kowalski. “The bottom line is we made an excellent investment for the department and the community. In fact, other departments are contacting us to learn more about how we put this package together.”

CLICK HERE or the image above for more information on how the department put together the package.

Chief Mueller will be speaking at the upcoming FDSOA Apparatus Symposium in January 2015. Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment is the Official Media Sponsor of the Symposium.

Pierce dealer Hughes Fire Equipment provides local service and support.

For more information, visit www.piercemfg.com.


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