Pierce Receives Order For Three PUC Pumpers and One Air/Rehab Vehicle

Pierce Oshkosh PUC Saber Quantum Husky Arrow OrderAPPLETON, WI—Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, has received an order for three Pierce Ultimate Configuration™ (PUC) pumpers and one air/rehab vehicle from the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View (SBM) (MN) Fire Department. The new front line pumpers are built on Pierce® Saber® custom chassis; all four apparatus will be placed into service this summer.

“We didn’t believe our budget would allow for custom vehicles, so we initially looked at commercial chassis with rear-mounted pumps,” said Lieutenant Dan Anderson, chair of the truck committee at SBM Fire Department. “Through the specifications and purchase process, we came to realize that the Pierce PUC design not only fit within our budget, but enabled us to decrease the overall vehicle length—without sacrificing storage space or room inside the cab.”

The PUC eliminates the need for a bulky pumphouse, and it features a simplified two-step pump shift operation. The entire pump system is located above the frame for easier and quicker service and maintenance. The SBM pumpers are each equipped with a 450-hp engine, 177-inch wheelbase, 69-inch long cab, seating for six firefighters, a 1,500-gpm single-stage PUC pump, a 500-gallon water tank featuring a low hosebed, a Husky™ 3 foam system, a 20-gallon foam tank, an LED lighting package, Weldon V-MUX electrical system, roll-up compartment doors, and EMS cabinets inside the cab.

The air/rehab vehicle can respond to all major incidents and features an air cascade system with a capacity of 80 SCBA bottles. The four-person crew cab provides rehab space for first responders, and the vehicle will carry health monitoring equipment, core cooling chairs, and other rehabilitation related equipment.

“Our committee made a conscious decision to move to a smaller and more maneuverable vehicle, and the new Pierce PUCs will be nearly four feet shorter than the pumpers they replace,” added Anderson. “In addition, the vehicle mechanic at SBM is pretty excited, as the PUC system provides much easier access to the pump components for routine maintenance.”

Located less than 20 miles north of Minneapolis, the SBM Fire Department is primarily volunteer-based, and provides a wide range of fire and emergency response services for the communities of Spring Lake Park, Blaine, and Mounds View, a protection district that encompasses 40 square miles. The Department’s Fire & Life Safety Bureau instituted a comprehensive education program that, over the past 10 years, has resulted in a decline in total call volume and fire calls despite significant population growth.

To learn more about Pierce, visit www.piercemfg.com

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Pierce Receives Order for Three Aerial Tiller Vehicles from the Columbus (OH) Division of Fire

Pierce® Aerial Tiller

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, has received an order for three Pierce® Aerial Tiller vehicles from the City of Columbus Division of Fire located in Columbus, Ohio. Built on Arrow XT chassis, these are the department’s first Pierce aerial vehicles; all three will be placed into service beginning in June 2012.

“We are pleased and gratified to grow our relationship with the Columbus, Ohio Division of Fire as signified by this first-ever order of Pierce aerial apparatus,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “These custom aerial tillers have a tight turning radius to handle narrow and congested streets, and will be an excellent addition to the Columbus fleet.”

Each Pierce Aerial Tiller vehicle will feature a 105-foot Heavy Duty aerial ladder with a radio- controlled monitor, and a 5th wheel tractor with TAK-4® independent suspension. Other features include a Detroit Diesel 13 liter, 500 hp EPA 2010 compliant engine; seating for six firefighters; an EMS cabinet inside the cab; an LED lighting package; roll-up compartment doors; a full complement of ground ladders (ranging from 10-35 feet long); and a 20 kilowatt diesel generator.

“These three Pierce aerial ladders will be front line vehicles that respond to emergencies of all types, from high-rise fires to trench rescue calls,” said Steve Martin, research and development captain for the Columbus Division of Fire. “My job is to make certain we get the best ladder trucks possible for our firefighters, and I’m looking forward to having these Arrow XT tillers join our fleet.”

The City of Columbus Division of Fire provides fire and rescue, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, bomb response, and other services to Metro Columbus, an area encompassing close to 400 square miles with a population of 1.7 million.

Founded in 1972, Pierce dealer Finley Fire Equipment Co., Inc., of McConnelsville, Ohio provides local service and support.