Pierce Manufacturing places four Pierce Saber custom fire trucks into service with the Tucson Fire Department
Published on 23 September 2011
The Tucson Fire Department apparatus fleet of frontline engines and ladder vehicles is 100 percent Pierce, with the Saber being the new standard chassis for the department. “The backbone of our firefighting fleet – including 32 pumpers and 10 aerial ladders – are all Pierce products,” said Tucson Assistant Fire Chief Joe Gulotta. “Pierce has consistently met the requirements we set forth in our specifications enabling us to deliver the best possible service to our community. That is why we worked with our procurement department to develop a ‘sole brand’ contract with Pierce and why we’ve been extremely successful at standardizing our operations and maintenance procedures.”
“The Pierce Saber pumper is an excellent combination of versatility and performance, and this new delivery of four Sabers to the Tucson Fire Department is a testament to the durability and reliability of Pierce custom pumpers,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “It is, of course, gratifying to have one of the leading fire departments in the Southwest continue to choose Pierce.”
Each of the four Saber pumpers is equipped with a 450 hp engine, 19-inch front bumper extension, seating for six firefighters, 750-gallon water tank, 1,250 gpm single stage pump, Galvaneel body, 30 and 20-gallon foam cells, roll-up compartment doors, slide out trays and swing out tool board to carry a range of rescue tools and equipment, air bottle storage in fender panels, hydraulic ladder rack, two crosslays and an LED lighting package.
The Tucson Fire Department was formed in 1881 and, today, protects a population of more than 500,000. The department has 650 firefighters and operates 21 fire stations. The department handles fire suppression, emergency medical services and advanced life transport, hazardous materials control and technical rescue for people within its protection district.
Pierce dealer Hughes Fire Equipment provides local service and support.
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