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Pierce Manufacturing displays fire and emergency vehicles at FDIC 2013

Published on 21 May 2013
As part of the company’s 100th Anniversary celebration, Pierce recreated its factory experience and renowned Blue Floor
The vehicles displayed included the Bronto Skylift Rescue Platform, Arrow XT walk-in rescue, Dash CF pumper and Velocity PUC pumper

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation company, displayed six fire and emergency vehicles at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. As part of the company’s 100th Anniversary celebration, Pierce recreated its factory experience and renowned Blue Floor – where customers conduct final vehicle inspections – in Lucas Oil Stadium.

FDIC visitors were invited to the Pierce booth for a 100th Anniversary presentation. The event included the unveiling of a firefighter-inspired Ford F-150 as the prize in Support for the Long Haul, a new Pierce nationwide campaign to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).

The vehicles displayed on the Blue Floor at FDIC include a Dash CF pumper, a Saber custom pumper, a Bronto Skylift Rescue Platform, a Velocity PUC pumper, an Arrow XT heavy-duty walk-in rescue, and a 105-foot heavy-duty aerial ladder.

“We invite booth visitors to participate and get involved by taking in the factory experience and then inspecting six custom fire trucks on the Pierce Blue Floor,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “It’s a fitting way to bring forward the people who engineer, manufacture, and support Pierce apparatus.”

The vehicles included Pierce’s state-of-the-art Dash CF apparatus, shown with permission of the LaPorte Fire Department of LaPorte, Ind. This vehicle features a PUC pump, side roll protection system, a raised roof cab, and a 750-gallon water tank.

Also ready for inspection on the Blue Floor, shown courtesy of Morehead City Fire Department of Morehead City, N.C., was a Velocity forward-roof cab design PUC pumper with TAK-4 independent front suspension, a big block DD13 450 hp engine, dual zone HVAC system, Command Zone advanced electronics, and the Husky 3 foam system.

An Arrow XT Quint, shown with permission of the city of Morgan Hill Fire Department, Morgan Hill, Calif., features a 105-foot heavy-duty aerial ladder and offers TAK-4 independent front suspension, a big block DD13 500 hp engine, side roll and frontal impact protection systems, and a 2,000 GPM single stage pump and a Husky 3 foam system. The aerial device features LED lighting along all four sections, an electric monitor, four stabilizers, a LyfePulley rescue system, and AC power to the tip.

A Heavy-Duty Walk-In Rescue vehicle, shown with permission of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, rounds out the Blue Floor fleet. This vehicle is built on the Arrow XT chassis, and features a 25.5-foot stainless steel body, a tandem rear axle, a 35kW generator, a breathing air system, a 15-foot light tower, and a 250 GPM PTO driven pump.

Also on display was a Bronto Skylift Rescue Ladder Platform (capable of reaching a new height of 116 feet), built on an Arrow XT chassis. Pierce is the exclusive North American supplier of Bronto aerials.

A Saber custom pumper was on hand, and featured a new 69" full-length cab, 12" raised roof and seating for six firefighters.  The apparatus offered a 450 hp engine, a Husky 3 foam system and a Weldon VMUX electrical system.

In other locations at the exposition, two commercial pumpers were on display. One, at the Peterbilt booth, featured a 4 x 4 axle configuration, a 1,000-gallon water tank, a 1,500-gpm pump, and a Husky 12 foam system. A second vehicle was at Freightliner booth #3717, featuring a 4 x 2 axle configuration, 1,000-gallon water tank, 1500 GPM pump and a Husky 3 foam system. Outdoor displays on South Street featured two Dash CF aerial ladders, as well as a Saber pumper, shown with permission of the Town of Fishers Fire Department in Fishers, Ind.

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