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Oshkosh delivers its Striker 6 x 6 ARFF vehicle to Edmonton International Airport in Alberta

The new Striker ARFF vehicle joins a fleet of Oshkosh Airport Products snow removal equipment already at the airport
Oshkosh Striker features a 6 x 6 axle configuration, with its TAK-4 all wheel independent suspension and an rear steering system

Oshkosh Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, delivered a new generation Oshkosh Striker 6 x 6 aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) vehicle to Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in Edmonton, Alberta. The new Striker ARFF vehicle joins a fleet of Oshkosh Airport Products snow removal equipment already at the airport.

“An important part of EIA’s mission – and a key driver at our airport – is to reduce our carbon footprint, and the Striker’s low emission Tier 4i engine is very important to us,” said Fire Chief Burl Hamm, of EIA. “Oshkosh also provided a comprehensive structural firefighting package with true crosslays and an easy-to-operate pump panel. These are features that neither of the alternative manufacturers we investigated could supply.”

“We’re proud to see the first-ever Oshkosh Striker at the Edmonton International Airport fire hall,” said Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Airport Products Group vice president and general manager. “It’s gratifying to expand the presence of Oshkosh vehicles in Edmonton to now include both aircraft rescue and snow removal vehicles. It’s a testament to our products and the team that supports them, led by our excellent dealer, Eagle Airfield.”

The Oshkosh Striker features a 6 x 6 axle configuration, with Oshkosh TAK-4 all wheel independent suspension and an Oshkosh rear steering system for excellent off-road capabilities and dramatically reduced tire wear. The Duetz 16.0 L V8 turbo diesel engine is Tier 4i/Euro 5 emissions compliant and generates 700HP. It is mated to a 7-speed electronic automatic transmission for smooth power delivery and a top speed greater than 113 km/h (70 mph). The engine power pack components are readily accessed through walk-in doors on either side of the engine compartment for easier servicing.

The firefighting system includes the Snozzle high-reach extendable turret with a piercing applicator nozzle, an Oshkosh low attack bumper turret with a Hydrochem nozzle (flow rated at 625/1250 gpm), a 550 pound dry chemical system, and an electronic foam proportioning system. The structural firefighting package features two crosslays, each pre-connected with 150-feet of 1.75-inch hose.

In 2012, EIA served more than 6.6 million passengers, the busiest year in the airport’s history. EIA is Canada's fastest growing and largest major airport by area, and offers non-stop service to over 50 destinations across Canada, the US and overseas. In addition to an increase in regularly scheduled airline passenger service, corporate charter flights from the private terminals at EIA increased by 15% in 2012.

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