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Pierce introduces Changeable Response Unit (CRU)

Published on 23 April 2009

The Pierce Changeable Response Unit allows fire departments to better utilize a pickup vehicle through an interchangeable system of dedicated modules
The Pierce Changeable Response Unit allows fire departments to better utilize a pickup vehicle
Changeable modules for vehicle allow for more focused response

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation company, today unveiled the Changeable Response Unit (CRU) in Indianapolis at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).

The Pierce® CRU allows fire and rescue departments to customize a single pickup truck to do the work of several specialty vehicles through an interchangeable system of dedicated modules. These modules fit into the cargo area and can be easily swapped out for one another. A scene safety and water purification module is on display, with hourly live demonstrations, at the Pierce outdoor booth #10209.

"Because most of our customers already have a pickup vehicle, the Changeable Response Unit allows them to maximize their vehicle usage. Quite simply, it's like having one pickup doing the work of several specialty vehicles," said Tom Walley, Pierce Manufacturing vice president, Aftermarket & Customer Support. "This Pierce CRU is a real performance and productivity enhancement and allows departments to better tailor their responses to the challenges at hand."

The units feature a flatbed or box-body system, which the department can configure for specific response applications. Application configurations might include those designed for response to brush fire, ice rescue, scene safety, rehab, water rescue or HAZMAT scenarios, as well as others. These units can be easily loaded into a vehicle for quick and customized response to the specific situation.

The hook-and-lift system loads and unloads different units quickly and easily with all systems operational from inside the cab. The quick attach and detach process can be completed in less than two minutes. The loader is engineered to fit 3/4-ton and larger, single or dual axle configuration vehicles.

When not being used for a specific emergency application, the vehicle can be returned to its original function through the use of an available skid or platform.

"The Changeable Response Unit helps a department respond to any type of contingency while retaining the continuous use of its vehicle," added Walley. "More importantly, it helps a department maximize the fleet's capability by freeing up space for front line apparatus."

The units require minimal maintenance, and are designed with heavy-duty castors that allow them to roll smoothly across the apparatus bay for staging and storage. Option packages available for the box bodies include transverse trays, shelves and electrical routings for power supplies and shoreline outlets.

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