Pierce Earns Army Contract For Tactical Trucks

Pierce Manufacturing, the Wisconsin-based apparatus manufacturer, has announced a 5-year, $37.2 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with 51 Tactical Fire Fighting Trucks – or TFFTs.

The award comes on the heels of contracts that have seen Pierce already deliver 87 such TFFT units – including 17 under a 2005 contract and 31 under a 2004 contract – to the Army, the company said. Pierce said it will start production this summer on the additional 51 TFFTs, which are scheduled for delivery through August 2009.

The TFFT is a multi-purpose, military-grade truck designed for structural fire protection and wildland firefighting, as well as for fuel and ammunition storage protection, the company said. The truck, jointly developed by Pierce and parent company Oshkosh Truck Corp., can also carry rescue tools and related equipment.

“This new contract is a strong vote of confidence in the capabilities of the TFFT and in our expertise in engineering and manufacturing a state-of-the-art firefighting vehicle,” said Jim Parker, vice president for government and homeland security sales at Pierce.

The TFFT is built on the Oskosh HEMTT M977 chassis, with a wheelbase measuring 210 inches and a maximum GVW of 66,000 pounds. The truck features a Detroit Diesel 445 hp 8V92TA engine and an Allison HD 456 transmission.

The truck has a 62 mph maximum speed, 155 gallons fuel capacity and a 400 miles cruising range. The TFFT is equipped with tandem front and rear axles, can ford 48 inches of water and can climb a 60 percent grade, the company said.

The TFFT’s firefighting system includes a 1,000 gpm, single-stage Darley pump, driven by a Deutz 200 hp diesel engine; Feecon Class A and B foam systems and twin 60-gallon foam cells. The truck also features an Akron 500 gpm roof turret and an Akron 250 gpm bumper turret, as well as pump-and-roll capability.

It’s equipped with a 1,000-gallon tank, two 2.5-inch outlets on both the operator’s and officer’s sides of the truck, two 1.5-inch preconnects in the hosebed, and two hard suction hoses. Pump and foam controls are inside the cab, as are controls for the roof and bumper turrets. The TFFT’s forward cab seats two people, while the crew quarters seat four people.

The TFFT has 2,000 feet of hose, including 400 feet of 1.75-inch, 1,200 feet of 3-inch, 400 feet of 2.5-inch hose. It also includes TNT rescue tools, a Harrison 15,000-watt hydraulic generator, Akron telescoping lights, one 24-foot, two-section ladder and one 14-foot roof ladder.

For information call 920-832-3231  or go to www.piercemfg.com.

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