APPLETON, WI – Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, and part of the Oshkosh Fire & Emergency segment, has delivered a 75-foot Pierce Ultimate Configuration (PUC) aerial ladder and a PUC pumper to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Pearson International Airport. A Pierce heavy-duty rescue vehicle will follow and be placed into service in August. Toronto Pearson already has a fleet of Oshkosh Striker aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles and H-Series™ snow removal vehicles on duty.
“We’re a progressive fire department with increasing and varied emergency response requirements and a tremendous call volume, given our staffing levels,” said Dwayne Macintosh, deputy fire chief for Toronto Pearson Fire & Emergency Services. “Our new Pierce apparatus will help us more effectively respond to the challenges we face involving aircraft related emergencies, medical emergencies, hazmat response, technical rescue and more.”
All three vehicles are built on the Pierce Velocity® custom chassis. The PUC pumper features a 500-hp DD13 engine, raised-roof cab, 1,000-gallon water tank, Husky™ 12 foam system, a 10-kw generator, roll-up compartments with a wide range of shelving, and slide-out trays and toolboards. The Pierce heavy-duty aluminum ladder is a Quint configuration and features a 75-foot aerial device (with blue LED lighting along all three sections), a PUC pump, a Husky 12 foam system, and a 10 kW generator. The heavy-duty walk-in rescue features a 26-inch front bumper extension, a raised roof cab, a 75-inch interior walkway height, and storage for 14 SCBA bottles.
Toronto Pearson Fire & Emergency Services responds to 5,000 calls each year with an operational crew of 17, and a minimum of 11 people on duty at any time. Toronto International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Canada. In 2011, it handled 33.4 million passengers and it is currently the world’s 23rd busiest airport.
For more information, visit www.piercemfg.com.