APPLETON, Wis. (March 24, 2011) – Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, unveiled its newest innovation – the all-new patent pending Dash CF™ fire apparatus – at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). The new vehicle features an innovative tilting cab-forward design that repositions the engine rearward and down low between the frame rails, with an open interior configuration that helps firefighters better prepare for the unexpected situations they face when arriving on scene.
“The Dash CF is built to allow firefighters to be more aware and ready for the situations and challenges they face every day,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “As a company, we are a leader and an innovator, and the Dash CF follows in the footsteps of other industry changing technologies we’ve introduced, such as the Pierce Ultimate Configuration (PUC™), side roll protection and frontal airbag systems, TAK-4® independent front suspension, and the Husky® foam system, to name a few.”
Changing the location of the engine, when combined with the patented and innovative PUC pump design, enables an integrated pumper/engine configuration that dramatically increases driver and officer interior cab space, improves visibility and serviceability, and sets a new benchmark for heavy duty construction – all the while keeping the vehicle easy to maneuver.
The open interior layout offers all occupants a full view to enhance en route communication as well as enhanced outward visibility. The driver and officer seats are positioned farther inboard, providing far greater shoulder, elbow and hip room; and the flat floor offers an increased amount of space to stow turnout gear up front.
The redesigned real estate between the driver and officer (along with a flat floor and no engine tunnel) offers more room and an uncluttered “workstation” space for the officer. The greatly enhanced officer area includes easy to reach mobile data terminal (MDT) power points.
A significantly lower, single piece panoramic windshield has been lowered a full 10 inches for excellent outward visibility. In addition, the teardrop front door windows – and larger, side middle windows – offer firefighters significantly improved visibility as they approach an emergency scene. The ergonomically designed control console is placed lower, which in turn, results in switches, radios, and controls being located out of critical sight lines.
The cab firewall is ¼” thick aluminum plate backed with a welded ½”cross support to provide a strong structure that better protects occupants in the event of a frontal crash. Stair-stepped cab steps are positioned lower to the ground, and provide for more confident entry and exit. In addition there are no uncomfortable and potentially unsafe interior step wells. Other Pierce safety technologies abound, including side roll and frontal airbag protection systems, for enhanced safety in the event of a collision. The Dash CF also offers TAK-4® independent front suspension for a smoother and more confident ride. Other available safety technologies include Pierce PS6® air suspension seats, with dual belt retractors, and increased belt length to fit over turnout gear.