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Pierce delivered 18 fire and emergency apparatus to Lancaster County Fire Rescue Service

Published on 6 September 2017
Purchase includes custom pumpers, pumper/tankers, rescues, and tanker vehicles
Lancaster County has taken delivery of 18 Pierce apparatus for the second time

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, has delivered 18 Pierce fire and emergency apparatus to Lancaster County Fire Rescue Service, located in Lancaster County, SC. The purchase includes 10 Pierce Saber custom pumpers, two Pierce Saber pumper/tankers, five Pierce rescues, and one Pierce dry side tanker. This is the second time Lancaster County has taken delivery of 18 Pierce apparatus.

“Lancaster County’s network of volunteer fire departments are trained to the highest standards, and we’re proud to supply these motivated and top-notch first responders with the apparatus to allow them to perform at the highest level,” said Matt McLeish, senior vice president of sales and marketing of the Fire & Emergency segment and Pierce Manufacturing. “To be chosen for this second major round of purchases is an honour, and demonstrates our ability to meet the wide ranging needs of this very large and diverse county.”

“Pierce’s reputation for building quality fire apparatus was an important factor when our team evaluated these purchases,” said Darren Player, Director for Lancaster County Fire Rescue Service. “The Saber’s interior cab space and the bid’s overall cost efficiency were other important considerations.”

Pierce fire apparatus

The 10 Pierce Saber custom pumpers each feature a 400 hp engine, a 22-inch extended front bumper, a 1500-gpm single-stage pump, and lowered crosslays. The pumpers are equipped with the Pierce Husky foam and Hercules compressed air foam systems (CAFS). “Compressed air foam has proven to be a very effective firefighting tool,” explained Player. “Our experience is that the fire goes out faster, overhaul is easier, and rekindles are almost nonexistent.”

“Pierce’s reputation for building quality fire apparatus was an important factor when our team evaluated these purchases"

The two Pierce Saber pumper/tankers feature a 450 hp engine, a 1700-gallon water tank, and carry 1100 feet of 5-inch hose and 400-feet of 3-inch hose. The pumper/tankers are also equipped with the Pierce Husky foam system.

Other vehicles delivered include five Pierce 16-foot non-walk-in rescue apparatus with full-depth compartments, slide-out toolboards, adjustable shelves, and air bottle storage in the fenders. The eighteenth vehicle delivered is a Pierce dry side tanker with seating for two firefighters, a 2,000-gallon water tank capacity, and a 500-gpm single stage pump.

Lancaster County Fire Rescue Service’s protection district

Lancaster County is located in the Piedmont region of South Carolina, and encompasses urban areas south of Charlotte and rural and rugged terrain in its undeveloped regions. Lancaster County’s Fire Rescue Service consists of 18 volunteer fire departments and one career municipal fire department that are overseen by a 19-member fire commission. A very large protection district, Lancaster County Fire Rescue Service works as a cohesive partner with all other emergency service agencies in the county, while also providing mutual aid response.

Chosen as Pierce’s 2016 Dealer of the Year, Spartan Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Inc., provides local service and support. Headquartered in Roebuck, South Carolina, Spartan has served South Carolina fire departments since 1973, blanketing the state with two comprehensive service locations.

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