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Pierce Dash CF apparatus gets a boost up in sales

Published on 31 August 2011
 Dash CF has generated much excitement and broad appeal as evidenced by recent orders
Cedar Hill , Bloomington and Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services have placed orders for Dash CF

Dash CF has generated much excitement and broad appeal as evidenced by recent orders from diverse regions of North America.

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation company, kicked off its exhibition at Fire Rescue International (FRI) by displaying a total of nine trucks and showcasing the new Dash CF apparatus. Since its introduction in April this year, the Dash CF has generated much excitement and broad appeal as evidenced by recent orders from diverse regions of North America. Leaders from departments such as the Cedar Hill Fire Department in Cedar Hill, Texas; the Bloomington Fire Department in Bloomington, Illinois; and Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services in Cranbrook, British Columbia enthusiastically share their perspective on why the Dash CF apparatus is the best choice for their department.

“Our primary reason for choosing the Dash CF is the amount of room it provides the driver and officer,” said Cedar Hill Fire Chief, John Ballard. “The cab configuration opens space up and makes the cab more efficient. And we expect that the improved ergonomics and lower step-in height will translate to fewer firefighter injuries.”  Cedar Hill Fire Department provides fire and emergency medical services in the southwest corner of Dallas County and responds annually to more than 5,000 alarms. Pierce dealer, Siddons-Martin Emergency Group of Houston, Texas, provides local service and support.

Lester Siron, Bloomington Fire Department Deputy Chief of Operations recalled, “We initially saw the Dash CF earlier this spring at FDIC, where our team examined and favorably evaluated its lower profile cab, open interior layout and enhanced safety features.” Siron continued, “In addition, we like the ease of maintenance advantages offered by its PUC configuration.” The Bloomington Fire Department provides fire and emergency services to the 12th most populated city in Illinois, and consists of five fire stations and 106 full-time, paid firefighter positions. Global Emergency Products of Aurora, Illinois provides local service and support.

Cranbrook’s Director of Fire & Emergency Services, Wayne Price, explained the appeal of the Dash CF for them: “The improved outward visibility, lower step-in height, and easy access for service are just a few of the features our team was drawn to when evaluating the Dash CF. Everything about this state-of-the-art truck adds up to enhanced safety and ease of maintenance.” Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services provides emergency services to approximately 24,000 residents of Cranbrook and contract service areas within the Regional District of East Kootenay in British Columbia. Pierce dealer, Wholesale Fire & Rescue (HFE) of Calgary, Alberta, provides local service and support.

To showcase and experience the vehicle’s capabilities, four Dash CF apparatus are presently on a ride-and-drive demonstration tour with Pierce dealers across North America Fire departments are urged to check with their local Pierce dealer, or visit the Official Tour Schedule, for upcoming dates and locations. In addition, visitors to the Pierce website can experience a 360-degree interactive online tour of the Dash CF apparatus.

The Dash CF apparatus 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 vehicle design dramatically increases driver and officer interior cab space, improves visibility and serviceability, and sets a new benchmark for heavy-duty construction all in a compact easy to maneuver wheelbase.

The Dash CF is available in a broad range of pumper, rescue pumper, rescue and tanker configurations, as well as with the 2010 EPA compliant Detroit Diesel DD13 big block engine that delivers up to 500 horsepower and near zero emissions.

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