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Pierce introduces its Ascendant heavy-duty 107-foot steel aerial ladder at FDIC 2015

Published on 27 April 2015
Available on a wide range of Pierce custom chassis, the Pierce Ascendant, with five patents pending, redefines the performance capabilities in the single rear axle category
The Ascendant aerial ladder features weight optimised design structure, high-strength steel as well as custom tubing

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation company, recently unveiled the Pierce® Ascendant™ heavy-duty aerial ladder, a highly-manoeuvrable 107-foot steel aerial device that rides on a single rear axle configuration. Available on a wide range of Pierce custom chassis, the Pierce Ascendant – with five patents pending – redefines the performance capabilities in the single rear axle category. The aerial was introduced at the 2015 Fire Departments Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“The innovative Pierce Ascendant heavy-duty aerial ladder sets a new performance benchmark in the single rear axle category.” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “The Pierce Ascendant rightfully takes its place as yet another game-changing Pierce technology to help firefighters respond with confidence and perform at a higher level.”

Weight optimised design structure

The Pierce Ascendant 107-foot aerial ladder features a weight optimised design structure, high-strength steel, custom tubing, and unique gusseting that place weight and mass only where required. The aerial delivers a full 107-foot vertical reach and a 100-foot horizontal reach with an operating range from -10º to +77º. Its 100-foot horizontal reach is an astounding 32-feet greater than a typical single rear axle aerial. The Pierce Ascendant is available on a wide range of Pierce custom chassis, including the Arrow XT™, Velocity®, Impel® and Enforcer™.

Built with 100,000 psi minimal yield strength steel support elements, the all-new design features a 1500 gpm tip flow, a 750 lb dry tip load capacity, a 35 mph wind rating, and a ¼-inch ice rating. The space-saving design allows for a capacity of 115 feet of ground ladders, 2,500-pounds of equipment, a 500-gallon water tank, and a pump of up to 2,000 gpm.

Protected by Pierce’s E-Coat corrosion protection system

The aerial pedestal is protected by Pierce’s exclusive E-Coat corrosion protection system (developed for Oshkosh defence vehicles) while a single set of H-style stabilisers and one rear downrigger provide support. A full complement of optional equipment is available, including LED rung lighting and breathing air at the tip.

“The ability to integrate a 107-foot heavy duty ladder with 100 feet of horizontal reach on a highly manoeuvrable, single rear axle configuration changes the market,” said Johnson. “Investing in new technologies to better serve the needs of firefighters is what defines us as a leader, and we’re extremely proud to showcase the Pierce Ascendant aerial ladder at FDIC.”

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