OSHKOSH, WIS. (FEBRUARY 27, 2012) – Oshkosh Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), today announced that a new generation Oshkosh Striker® aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) vehicle is now on duty at Roberts Field, Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) in Redmond, Ore. This is the first production model of the all-new Striker design.
“The new generation Striker has immediately made a significant and positive impact on our emergency response capabilities,” said Dave Pickhardt, Redmond Fire and Rescue Department deputy fire chief. “Placing the new Striker into service has been a smooth transition, and the vehicle is currently being driven and tested extensively by our entire team while we train on it.”
“We are very excited to see the first new generation Oshkosh Striker on duty with the Redmond Fire and Rescue department,” said Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Airport Products Group vice president and general manager. “This is an important milestone for everyone at the Airport Products Group, as the new generation Striker takes its rightful place as one of the world’s premier ARFF vehicles with unsurpassed performance and safety capabilities.”
The new generation Striker features advanced safety systems and delivers innovative fire suppression technology, unmatched chassis performance, and unsurpassed reliability and durability. The 6x6 axle configuration, with Oshkosh TAK-4® all wheel independent suspension and Oshkosh rear steering system, offers a smooth ride and excellent off-road capabilities. The 700HP, Tier 4i/Euro 5 emissions compliant turbo charged engine is mated to a 7-speed electronic automatic transmission for smooth power delivery and a top speed greater than 70 mph (113 km/h). The engine power pack components are readily accessed through walk-in doors on either side of the engine compartment for easier servicing.
“The new Striker is easy to operate, outstanding to drive, and its firefighting systems are very smooth,” added Chief Pickhardt. “I’ve driven it, pumped it, and crawled all over the new vehicle, and the overall design is excellent. The central driving position, forward looking infrared (FLIR) system, and backup camera provide our operators with excellent visibility under the toughest conditions.”
Photo caption: The first new Oshkosh® Striker® 3000 ARFF vehicle is now on duty with the Redmond Oregon Fire and Rescue Department in Redmond, Oregon.
RDM is owned and operated by the City of Redmond for the tri-county area. It is the fourth largest commercial service airport in the state, serving all of Central Oregon. The airport offers approximately 46 arriving and departing flights daily to and from Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Mesa, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle. RDM also serves air cargo and general aviation traffic, including extensive corporate and business travel.
About Oshkosh Airport Products
The Oshkosh Airport Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is a designer and builder of industry-leading airport firefighting and snow removal vehicles. Its flagship Striker® Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle and Oshkosh® H-Series™ snow removal chassis are known for their durability and superior performance and sold throughout the world. For more information, visit www.oshkoshairport.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®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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