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San Francisco Airport gets pair of Oshkosh striker vehicles

Published on 7 October 2010
Oshkosh Striker 4500 is an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle
Oshkosh Striker 4500 provides maximum safety to some of the biggest airports around the world

The Oshkosh Striker 4500 is on duty at some of the largest airports in the world.

Oshkosh Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, today announced that two Oshkosh Striker 4500 aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles have been placed into service at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, Calif. A third Striker 4500 is scheduled for delivery later this month.

"It is very gratifying to see a prominent airport like San Francisco International transition its frontline ARFF fleet to the Oshkosh Striker and our largest model the 4500," said Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Corporation Airport Products Vice President and General Manager. "The industry is changing to meet new challenges, and the Striker is engineered to enable firefighters to perform at a high level. We couldn't be more pleased."

"As SFO awaits the arrival of the A380, we needed to complement our ARFF fleet to address the emergency response requirements of larger aircraft," said David Sullivan, Assistant Deputy Chief for the San Francisco Fire Department at San Francisco International Airport. "The increased water capacity, triple agent capability and 65-foot high reach extendable turrets on the new vehicles help address those needs."

Striker 4500 is intended to provide a major support to the infrastructure of international airports across the world

The Striker 4500 model offers an 8x8 all-wheel-drive axle configuration and proprietary technologies such as TAK-4 independent suspension, triple agent firefighting capabilities and Command Zone advanced electronics for enhanced maneuverability, firefighting power and reliability. Other features include a 4,500-gallon (17,033 L) water capacity, 630-gallon (2385 L) foam capacity, roof turret and six under truck nozzles. The San Francisco Striker vehicles also feature a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system, low attack bumper turret, rear axle steering and a 65-foot (19.8 M) high reach extendable turret with a piercing tip.

The Oshkosh Striker 4500 is on duty at some of the largest airports in the world, including Anchorage International, Las Vegas International, Dallas-Fort Worth International, Dubai World Central, and Phoenix International.

San Francisco International is the second busiest airport in California and the 10th busiest in the United States. The airport was voted second Best International Airport in North America by an independent research organization. 

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