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Fire Rescue International 2011 witness vehicle capabilities of Pierce Manufacturing

Published on 30 August 2011
 Dash CF features an innovative tilting cab-forward design
Pierce Dash CF apparatus headlines a display at Fire Rescue International that includes nine Pierce vehicles

Visitors to the Pierce booth experienced the NFFF Full Throttle Support 3 program, featuring a sweepstakes for the chance to win a custom one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle and the opportunity to donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation Company , displayed nine fire and rescue vehicles at the 2011 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, Ga. In addition, Medtec Ambulance Corporation displayed two Medtec Ambulance vehicles at Pierce’s booth #1203.

“With the addition of the revolutionary Pierce Dash CF apparatus and exclusive distribution rights for the Bronto Skylift line of aerial platform devices throughout North America, this has been a banner year for the Pierce brand,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency.  “Our products are developed together with input from fire chiefs and firefighters, to better serve the needs of first responders, so it is fitting to showcase Pierce’s wide range of innovative apparatus at the year’s largest gathering of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. We’re proud to be here.”

Visitors to the Pierce booth experienced the NFFF Full Throttle Support 3 program, featuring a sweepstakes for the chance to win a custom one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle and the opportunity to donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Vehicles on display included two Pierce Dash CF pumpers featuring the Pierce Ultimate Configuration (PUC) design. Introduced earlier this year, the Dash CF features an innovative tilting cab-forward design that repositions the engine rearward and down low between the frame rails, with an open interior configuration that helps firefighters better prepare for the unexpected situations they face when arriving on scene. The PUC configuration features a simplified two-step pump shift operation and the entire pump system is located above the frame for easier and quicker service and maintenance. Also featured was a Pierce PUC pumper tanker built on a Quantum custom chassis, shown courtesy of Fairfax County Fire & Rescue of Fairfax, Va. This vehicle includes TAK-4 independent front suspension; a 515 hp engine; a 22-inch front bumper extension; a 2000-gallon water tank; and a Husky 60 foam system.

Vehicles on display included two Pierce Dash CF pumpers with the latest PUC design

A Pierce Velocity Heavy-Duty Rescue, on display courtesy of Dallas Fire-Rescue of Dallas, Tex., features a 470 hp engine; TAK-4 independent front suspension; the Piece Front Impact and Side Roll Protection systems; a 23-foot length combination mobile command/non-walk-in body; a 90-inch split cab with 20-inch raised roof; a command module with L-shaped desk; an expandable electronics cabinet with 16-rack capacity recessed overhead cabinets; a hybrid PBX telephone network; three television monitors in the command area; a weather monitoring system; and a sidewinder camera mounted on the light mast.

A Pierce 75-foot Heavy-Duty Aluminum Ladder (HAL), built on a Velocity chassis, is shown courtesy of the United States Marine Corp (USMC) from Albany, N.Y. This unit features a 450 hp engine; a raised roof cab; seating for four firefighters; Pierce One-Eleven mirrors; a Command Zone advanced electronics system; a 2,000 gpm single stage pump; the Husky 12 foam system; stainless steel plumbing; a hose bed capacity of 1000-feet of 5-inch hose; and air bottle compartment storage in the fender panels.

A custom pumper, built on an Arrow XT chassis, is on display courtesy of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department of San Diego, Calif. This vehicle features a 184-inch wheelbase; TAK-4 independent front suspension; an EPA 2010 compliant 450-hp engine; a 320 amp alternator; a 1500 gpm single stage pump; a 10-inch front bumper extension; a raised roof cab; seating for five firefighters; convex heated and remote control mirrors; and the Pierce Side Roll Protection system.

A Pierce Responder pumper, shown courtesy of the Ray City Volunteer Fire Department of Barrien County, Ga., is on display in the Freightliner booth #1619. This vehicle features a 1,000-gallon water tank; a 1250 gpm single stage pump; a hose bed capacity of 1500 feet of 2.5-inch hose and 400-feet of 1.5 inch hose; low mounted crosslays; adjustable shelves with 500-lb capacity; and roll-up compartment doors. In addition, a commercial pumper, built on a Peterbilt chassis and on display in the Peterbilt booth #1601, features a 1,000-gallon water tank and a 1250-gpm single stage pump. Finally, a Pierce minipumper brush truck is on display in the Ford booth #823.

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