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Lake Assault Boats, part of Fraser Shipyards and a renowned manufacturer of purpose-built, mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has delivered a 26-foot fire and rescue craft to the Owasco Fire Department in Auburn, New York. The boat was scheduled to be featured at the 2020 FDIC Expo. “The Owasco Fire Department’s protection area includes Owasco Lake, one of the iconic Finger Lakes in New York State and a very popular recreational body of water,” said Chad DuMars, Lake Assault Boats Vice President of Operations. “We are proud to have the opportunity to engineer and manufacture a craft ideally suited for Owasco Fire Department’s protection area.” ground-based firefighting operations The Owasco Fire Department’s V-hull craft features a 9-foot, 6-inch beam and a carrying capacity of 3,500 lbs. It is powered by twin Yamaha four-stroke outboard engines (rated at 225 HP each). The boat is equipped with a walk-around pilothouse offering an interior clearance height of 76-inches. The ergonomic helm station and dash console includes a 12-inch Garmin touchscreen integrated with GPS, sonar with SideVu and DownVu, Chart Plotting, and Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR). Other features on the Owasco FD craft include a 1,250 GPM Darley fire pump powered by a dedicated 4.3 liter engine, stainless steel plumbing, a TFT monitor, three 2.5-inch discharges, and connections for a five-inch large diameter hose (LDH) to support ground-based firefighting operations. A proprietary sea chest design prevents cavitation and assures proper water flow.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announces that it has secured an order of two custom pumpers for the Milwaukee Fire Department in Wisconsin. The new pumpers will be built on the Pierce® Enforcer™ custom chassis, and will address the community’s fire safety and emergency response needs for shorter apparatus with greater turning radius and maneuverability. The Milwaukee Fire Department placed the order in partnership with exclusive Pierce dealer for Southern Wisconsin and Iowa, Reliant Fire Apparatus. “It was critical to spend time making design revisions from the current pumpers in our fleet to address the changes our department has faced,” said John Litchford, Deputy Chief of the Fire Support Division, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Designing new pumpers “As we see increases in call volume and a need for our equipment to perform at a higher level, we are confident that the thoughtful engineering and design of the new pumpers will result in a superb resource to aid the public.” With 30 fire stations and staffing of 196 personnel per day, the Milwaukee Fire Department covers over 96 square miles that make up the Midwest’s most densely populated city, situated on Lake Michigan’s western shore. The new custom pumpers will replace engines that have surpassed 18 years and a total of 26,000 hours of service while meeting several needs for greater maneuverability – particularly during times of extreme winter weather. Supplying quality apparatus We were particularly interested in the ancillary safety features that Pierce offers" Chief Litchford continued, “We were particularly interested in the ancillary safety features that Pierce offers including increased storage that can hold essential gear used during a response, reduction of the wheelbase that make the engine more maneuverable for drivers, increased hearing protection from sirens, and clean cab technology helping to reduce exposure to carcinogens. Pierce’s Carcinogen Awareness & Reduction to Exposure (CARE) program helps us protect our most valuable assets – our firefighters.” “Throughout our 21-year relationship with the Milwaukee Fire Department, we’ve seen how committed the department is to protecting its firefighters and providing the highest level of service to the City of Milwaukee, and our team is proud to supply quality apparatus that allow them to focus on the lifesaving work they do each day,” said Scott Krueger, Founder and President of Reliant Fire Apparatus. Low hose bed configuration “With a firefighting fleet made up entirely of Pierce apparatus, it is an honor to be chosen again to assist with the 77th and 78th Pierce apparatus order the department has placed with our team. We look forward to continuing our partnership to support the department’s needs into the future.” The Milwaukee Fire Department’s new pumpers will feature an Enforcer cab and chassis, cramp angle of 50 degrees, low hose bed configuration with 500-gallon water tank capacity, single stage Darley® 1,500 GPM pumps, Cummins® L9 engines, and full-height storage compartments with enclosed ground ladder storage.
The Pierce high flow industrial apparatus features the first application of a Darley 2ZSM water pump Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, introduces the new Pierce High Flow Industrial Apparatus that is capable of flowing 5,500 gallons per minute when drafting, and up to 10,000 gallons per minute when drawing from a pressurised water source. This powerful and industry-leading vehicle will be on display at booth #2801 at Fire Rescue International (FRI) in Charlotte, NC on July 27-29. “In emergency scenarios, when an industrial pumper is called into action, maximum water and foam flow are the top priorities, and that’s exactly what we’ve accomplished with the new Pierce High Flow Industrial Apparatus – it’s numbers are off the charts, and set the new performance benchmark,” said Matt McLeish, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing of the Fire & Emergency segment. “Equally important, however, is the firefighting system’s endurance, reliability, and ease of operation. The new high-flow industrial apparatus delivers the dependability firefighters expect from Pierce.” Darley 2ZSM water pump The Pierce high flow industrial apparatus features the first application of a Darley 2ZSM water pump that delivers up to 10,000 gallons per minute flow rate from a pressurised water source, and additional reach to keep firefighters further away from harm. “We worked very closely with the Darley team to engineer and integrate the system’s components, which include a pair of Darley ZSM pumps that are coupled together on a common transmission to deliver uncommon performance,” said John Schultz, director of pumper and custom chassis products. “To say the least, it’s a pretty impressive firefighting system.” Pierce has been awarded five years of exclusivity on the Darley 2ZSM for industrial fire apparatus applications. Husky 450 foam system To complement the water pumping capabilities of the new Pierce High Flow Industrial Apparatus, Pierce expanded its renowned line of Husky foam systems. The new Husky 450 foam system delivers up to 450 gallons of foam concentrate per minute. “When flowing this much water, the foam system and other critical components need to keep pace, and that’s what we’ve been able to accomplish with this apparatus,” added Schultz. Simplicity of operation is another focus of Pierce’s product development team. One case in point is Pierce’s exclusive valve controllers that provide true valve position indication and an unprecedented level of control with the touch of a button. Moreover, the new patent-pending flow meters are an industry first, and provide accurate flow data across a broad range of flow rates. The Pierce High Flow Industrial Apparatus is available on either the Pierce Velocity or Pierce Arrow XT custom chassis, each featuring a 600 hp engine.