Showcase: Avondale, Ariz. Takes Delivery of Multi-Purpose Unit


  • Unit Type: Pumper Truck
  • Year:
  • Manufacturer: KME Fire Apparatus
  • Chassis Manufacturer:
  • Model: Navistar 7400 WorkStar 4-door 4x4
  • Engine: MaxxForce 9 330-hp engine
  • Transmission: Allison 3000EVS-P
  • Pump: Waterous 1,250-gpm
  • Tank: 500-gallon polypropylene
  • Generator: NA
  • Aerial: NA
  • Location: AR

Firefighters with the Avondale Fire Department have a new KME Ridgerunner, multipurpose pumper now in service.

The unit, sold by W.W. Williams, KME's Arizona dealer, is designed to bring the performance of a full pumper into the wildland urban interface zone so departments no longer have to choose between water and mobility.

The apparatus brings large pumping capacity and a large water tank (up to 1,000-gallons), along with pump and roll capabilities, to the scene.

The unit has a tight wheelbase while meeting all the National Fire Protection Association's 1901 pumper requirements, according to the maker.

specifically, the new Ridgerunner will be used as a frontline engine and will be used at the Phoenix International Raceway. It will also be deployed as a Type 3 engine for wild land assignments, creating revenue for the city and will be able to serve as a reserve unit if needed.

It can carry up to five personnel, all necessary structural firefighting equipment, as well as wild land equipment.

Other equipment includes a foam system, a remote-operated front bumper turret and two booster reels.