Oshkosh delivers its Striker 6 x 6 ARFF vehicle to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas
Published on 12 August 2013
Striker number 1,000 was placed into service at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nev. The Striker 6 x 6 joins the all Striker fleet – which includes the first Striker 8 x 8 ever manufactured – at McCarran.
“Placing one thousand Striker ARFF vehicles onto front line duty at airports around the globe is an incredible achievement,” said Jeff Resch, Vice President and General Manager for Oshkosh Airport Products. “It’s a testament to the entire Oshkosh team, involving engineers and plant workers, key vendors, sales managers, and support teams. Without their dedication and tireless commitment to serving airport customers, this would not have been possible.”
“We were excited to learn that our new Striker 6 x 6 is the one thousandth manufactured by Oshkosh,” said Bill Hutfilz, ARFF Training Officer for the Clark County Fire Department at McCarran International Airport since 1993. “We’re now a 100% Striker fleet, and the Oshkosh team is great to work with. They are good listeners, very responsive, and provide excellent service and support.”
The new Striker 6 x 6 at McCarran features a 680 hp engine, TAK-4® independent suspension and a 7-speed automatic transmission. Its firefighting systems include a 3,000-gallon water tank, a 420-gallon foam tank, and both a roof turret and low attack front bumper turret (each rated at 625/1250 gallons per minute). The vehicle also features 460 pounds of Halotron that is delivered through a 150-foot Hose Reel as well as a second hose reel in a lower compartment for water and foam discharge.
“Our oldest Striker, coincidentally the first 4500 model ever built, went into service in 2003 and it still runs every single day,” added Hutfilz. “Now, with an all Striker fleet, the benefits to our department in terms of commonality of equipment, ergonomics and controls are significant. Our firefighters can get into any of our Strikers and they are practically identical. For a training officer, that’s very important.”
McCarran International Airport is the nation’s ninth busiest, and is located five miles south of downtown Las Vegas. The airport is owned by Clark County, Nevada and is operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation.
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