Redmond Fire and Rescue employs Oshkosh Striker® aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) vehicle
Oshkosh Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation recently announced that a new generation Oshkosh Striker® aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) vehicle is now on duty at Roberts Field, Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) in Redmond, Ore. This is the first production model of the all-new Striker design.
“The new generation Striker has immediately made a significant and positive impact on our emergency response capabilities,” said Dave Pickhardt, Redmond Fire and Rescue Department deputy fire chief. “Placing the new Striker into service has been a smooth transition, and the vehicle is currently being driven and tested extensively by our entire team while we train on it.”
“We are very excited to see the first new generation Oshkosh Striker on duty with the Redmond Fire and Rescue department,” said Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Airport Products Group vice president and general manager. “This is an important milestone for everyone at the Airport Products Group, as the new generation Striker takes its rightful place as one of the world’s premier ARFF vehicles with unsurpassed performance and safety capabilities.”
The new generation Striker features advanced safety systems and delivers innovative fire suppression technology, unmatched chassis performance, and unsurpassed reliability and durability. The 6x6 axle configuration, with Oshkosh TAK-4® all wheel independent suspension and Oshkosh rear steering system, offers a smooth ride and excellent off-road capabilities. The 700HP, Tier 4i/Euro 5 emissions compliant turbo charged engine is mated to a 7-speed electronic automatic transmission for smooth power delivery and a top speed greater than 70 mph (113 km/h). The engine power pack components are readily accessed through walk-in doors on either side of the engine compartment for easier servicing.
“The new Striker is easy to operate, outstanding to drive, and its firefighting systems are very smooth,” added Chief Pickhardt. “I’ve driven it, pumped it, and crawled all over the new vehicle, and the overall design is excellent. The central driving position, forward looking infrared (FLIR) system, and backup camera provide our operators with excellent visibility under the toughest conditions.”
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