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.