HORTONVILLE, WI (March 22, 2009) – E.J. Metals Inc., a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of wildland fire trucks and high-pressure firefighting systems, today announced it has delivered 25 additional Assault Force™ 70 Fire-Rescue Rough Terrain Vehicles (FRRTV) to the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. The FRRTVs will provide fire protection for soldiers and facilities at forward operating bases in the region. The purchases were made through contracts with General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule under EJ Metal’s contract number GS-30F-0014T.
“High-pressure foam systems are at the leading edge of today’s firefighting technology, and we appreciate the confidence that the U.S. Army has in the reliability and effectiveness of our system. The Assault Force 70 is ideally suited for rough terrain and environments where water supply is limited, which makes it an excellent fit for the U.S. military’s demanding requirements,” said Kevin Quinn, president of E.J. Metals Inc.
Quinn continued, “E.J. Metals is the only company to offer a hydraulically driven, highpressure foam system that provides six gallons-per-minute (gpm) of water/foam discharge at 1500 psi. And, only our patented triple-discharge water/foam nozzle allows soldiers to change spray patterns (straight stream, light mix and heavy mix) instantly for changing fire conditions, enhancing the effectiveness of our high-pressure foam system.”
The Assault Force 70 is a unique, off-road firefighting model that provides the best
firefighting capability of any rough terrain vehicle in the industry. It features a 70-gallon water tank, a 5-gallon Class A foam cell, a high-pressure fire pump and a unique, triple-discharge nozzle that allows firefighters to attack brush, wildland and structural fires with a variety of water/foam streams. Its high-pressure firefighting system features a 1500-psi high-pressure pump, hose reel with 150 feet of high-pressure hose and a control panel at the rear of the vehicle. It is the only FRRTV equipped with a diesel-engine-driven system.
The Assault Force 70 has excellent on-pavement and off-road firefighting capabilities.
It’s built on a four-wheel-drive Kubota RTV900, which is powered by a 21.6-horsepower Kubota diesel engine and has a maximum off-road speed of 25 mph. The Kubota RTV900 features a rollover-protection system (ROPS) that is both SAE-specification and OSHA-compliant. Additionally, the Assault Force 70 is the only FRRTV that has been tilt-table tested to verify its stability and offers a 24-degree side-slope capability.
About Kubota Tractor Corporation
The Kubota RTV900's manufacturer, Kubota Tractor Corporation of Torrance, Calif., is
the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-branded equipment, including a complete line of tractors up to 118 PTO hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. More RTV900 information can be viewed at www.kubota.com.
About E.J. Metals Inc.
E.J. Metals Inc. is a designer and custom manufacturer of wildland, all-terrain and
specialty fire trucks and High-Pressure Firefighting Systems. Their product line includes
wildland fire trucks, brush trucks, quick attack trucks, rescues, fire-rescue rough terrain vehicles (FRRTVs), RIVs, compressed air foam systems (CAFS), and stand-alone High Pressure Firefighting skid units from 1500 PSI to 3000 PSI. EJ Metals also provides refurbishment services and builds custom dump chutes for fire tankers. The company is headquartered in Hortonville, Wis.