HME, Inc. To Unveil CNG Powered Fire Truck at Indianapolis

Wyoming, MI (March 25, 2010) - HME, Inc. announced today that it will be unveiling an all-new fire, EMS and rescue response vehicle next month at the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis, IN, powered by a clean emission, compressed natural gas (CNG) engine.

A service proven Cummins Westport CNG engine will power the chassis. There are over 20,000 Cummins Westport engines in service worldwide, many of which operate in the toughest duty cycles - the urban bus and refuse markets. Customers report less oil consumption, improved idling, longer intervals between service calls, and low cost per mile. All this is accomplished through the use of clean, domestically produced, compressed natural gas fuel.

The 8.9-liter CNG engine produces 320 horsepower with 1,000 lb-ft of torque while meeting EPA and CARB 2010 emissions without DEF and SCR systems that are required on diesel engines. The exhaust system is comprised of a simple three-way catalyst that meets the EPA useful-life requirement and is maintenance-free.

"This is a milestone for the fire service," explained HME Ahrens-Fox Director of Marketing Dave Fornell. "Not only are we introducing a vehicle specifically tailored for the high-frequency EMS, rescue and fire runs that dominate the fire service today, but now we can fulfill our mission in a highly environmentally friendly and cost-effective manner."

The rig on display will feature a stainless steel high-cubic footage rescue style body, 750-GPM pump, 500-gallon tank, hydraulic generator and foam system, all mounted on HME’s exclusive SFO, compact chassis, selected for its unrivaled maneuverability and safety.

HME, Inc. is a world leading producer of custom stainless steel fire apparatus and custom built chassis, based in Wyoming, MI. Further information is available at www.hmetruck.com.

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