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Pierce velocity rescue pumpers now used in a range of fire and emergency challenges

Published on 27 June 2011
Pierce Velocity custom rescue pumper vehicles are now in service in Colorado
Longmont Fire Department has five Pierce® Velocity™ rear mount pumpers on front line duty

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that it recently placed five Pierce® Velocity™ custom rescue pumper vehicles into service at the Longmont Fire Department in Longmont, Colorado.

“These Velocity pumpers showcase the flexibility and performance of Pierce custom fire trucks, as they help the Longmont Fire Department provide a wide range of emergency services to its citizens,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “With their rear mounted pumps and full complement of rescue equipment, they are engineered to address fire suppression as well as EMS and rescue responses.”

“We rely on these new Pierce Velocity rescue pumpers to give each crew all the tools they need to handle the vast majority of emergency responses without having to call for additional units,” said Longmont Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Scott Snyder. “They can handle advanced life support, basic extrication and, of course, firefighting attack. This gives us the most flexibility and the most efficient use of personnel.”

Each of the five Velocity pumpers is equipped with TAK-4® independent front suspension, a 470-hp engine and Command Zone advanced electronics. The firefighting system includes a 500-gallon water tank, stainless steel body, 2000-gpm rear mounted water pump, Husky® 12 foam system with 40-gallon foam cell, wireless remote control deck monitor and hinged compartment doors.

“With the rear mounted pump configuration, we have found that the compartment space you gain behind the cab is significant. It’s where we carry backboards, long handled tools, and other important equipment,” added Snyder. “Moreover, with the pump panel located in a rear compartment, the pump operator can – with only having to take a step or two – view three sides of the incident.”

The 70-inch long cab features a 10-inch raised roof, seating for six firefighters, both frontal impact and side roll protection systems, EMS cabinets inside the cab, an LED light package and a dual module vehicle data recorder. Large storage compartments carry a wide range of rescue tools and emergency equipment.

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