Seven Custom Apparatus Delivered to Indy

June 20, 2016
Five Saber pumpers and two Arrow XT heavy-duty ladders join the growing Pierce fleet in Indianapolis.

Pierce Manufacturing Inc. has placed five Pierce Saber pumpers and two Pierce Arrow XT 75-foot heavy-duty aerial ladders into service with the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) in Indianapolis, Ind. The seven apparatus join 40 Pierce custom apparatus now serving at IFD.

“We are very proud that IFD has purchased and placed these Pierce Saber and Arrow XT custom apparatus into service in the Circle City,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of the Fire & Emergency segment and Pierce Manufacturing. “This repeat purchase represents a vote of confidence in Pierce vehicles and the excellent support team in place with our local dealer, Global Emergency Products.”

Mark Harvey has served as Battalion Chief of Support Services for IFD since 2009 and has been with the department since 1980. “During my tenure, we have purchased 25 Pierce trucks and now have 47 Pierce apparatus in our fleet. The majority of our crews prefer to have Pierce trucks.”

All new in 2014, the Pierce Saber is the market leader in the industry standard custom chassis segment. The cab interior offers ample room for firefighters and features a raised roof transition line moved forward to create a “cathedral ceiling” effect. Each of the five identical pumpers is equipped with a 450 hp engine, a 2000 GPM single stage pump, a 500-gallon water tank, a Control Zone™ pump panel, and a full complement of ground ladders.

The pair of Arrow XT 75-foot heavy-duty steel aerial ladders is each equipped with a 450 hp engine and is built on a single rear axle chassis configuration. The cab features a raised and notched roof, a forward facing EMS compartment, and seating for six firefighters. The storage compartments include dual LED strip lighting and a combination of adjustable shelves and slide-out trays. The three-section aerial device features remote tip controls, a 2-way intercom, and blue LED lighting.

Pierce dealer, Global Emergency Products, provides local service and support through its full-service facilities in Indianapolis. For more information, visit

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

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