Pierce 100-foot aerial platform
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Appleton, Wis. (July 30, 2009) - Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, today announced an order from the United States Navy for eight Pierce® fire apparatus. The order includes two 100-foot aerial platforms built on Pierce Velocity™ custom chassis, two 75-foot aerial ladders also on Velocity chassis, and four Contender® by Pierce patrol brush trucks built on Ford F-450 chassis. The eight vehicles will be deployed at U.S. Naval bases beginning in September 2009. The total purchase price is $3.2 million.
The U.S. Navy procured these vehicles through contracts with the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Pierce was selected from among manufacturers responding to requests for proposals.
"With this announcement coming less than one month after a landmark 31 vehicle custom apparatus order, we are honored that Pierce was again selected by the U.S. Navy for this new order of eight apparatus," said Wilson Jones, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. "We believe it reflects our capability to offer our customer a wide range of vehicle types and configurations to meet its diverse and demanding firefighting requirements."
Each of the two 100-foot aerial platforms features a 500-hp engine, TAK-4® independent front suspension, seating for four firefighters, a ten-inch raised roof, an EMS compartment inside the cab, and Command Zone® advanced electronics. The firefighting systems include a 2,000-gpm single stage pump, 300-gallon water tank, 1000 feet of five-inch hose and a Control Zone™ pump panel.
The two heavy-duty aluminum aerial ladders each feature a 425-hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, 19-inch front bumper extension, front airbag protection system, 340-amp alternator and a 500-gallon water tank. The aerial device features a 750-lb tip load capacity, 1500-gpm high flow waterway, a single set of stabilizers, LED lighting on the base and fly sections, and remote tip controls.
Each of the four Contender brush trucks features a Ford F-450 chassis with a 6.4L diesel engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, 250-gallon water tank, a skid-mounted firefighting system with a Darley pump and gasoline engine, and a hose reel capacity of 100-feet of 1-inch hose.
About Pierce Manufacturing
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, minipumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus.
To learn more about Pierce visit www.piercemfg.com
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, BAI™, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. The Oshkosh brands are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, log on to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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