Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that Minuteman Fire and Rescue, its exclusive dealer for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, has been acquired by Allegiance Fire and Rescue, a division of Massachusetts-based Allegiance Trucks, LLC. Allegiance Fire and Rescue has retained all of Minuteman Fire and Rescue’s employees, and operations will continue to be conducted out of the existing facilities in Walpole, Massachusetts. “Over the years, Minuteman Fire and Rescue’s President Jeff Fournier and his team have provided fire departments throughout New England with superior service and have been instrumental in facilitating Pierce’s custom apparatus sales and aftermarket services in the region,” said Jim Johnson, President of Pierce Manufacturing. “Allegiance will bring its significant experience as a respected retailer of commercial vehicles and provider of superior service offerings to the fire departments in this region.” broadening service offerings and resources Allegiance Fire and Rescue plans to immediately make strategic investments to better serve the region, including growing the sales team, adding service bays and locations, expanding its mobile service fleet and parts inventory, adding a pump testing facility, and creating training opportunities for fire department representatives, service technicians, and more. Allegiance has committed to broadening service offerings and resources for the fire departments" “We are excited to join Allegiance Fire and Rescue,” said Jeff Fournier, who will be its new President. “Allegiance has committed to broadening service offerings and resources for the fire departments we have served for many years. I can assure our customers that, under Allegiance, we will remain dedicated to their work.” enhanced customer experience Allegiance Fire and Rescue’s acquisition will foster greater opportunities for increased value to customers as well as accelerated growth and investments in future service offerings. “We look forward to developing new relationships and offering New England’s fire departments with an enhanced customer experience,” said Chad Schrempp, Chief Operating Officer of Allegiance Trucks. “Customers should remain confident that we will provide the quality products they have come to trust, and as the Allegiance Fire and Rescue team grows, apparatus support and service will be our top priority.”
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, has announced that it has delivered a custom Pierce Ascendant 107’ Heavy-Duty Aerial Ladder to the City of Cambridge Fire Department in Massachusetts. The new apparatus was sold by New England’s exclusive Pierce dealer, Minuteman Fire and Rescue (Minuteman Trucks, Inc.). Features include a custom Arrow XT chassis, 107' of vertical and 100' of horizontal reach, 16’ stabilizer spread, and 1,500 gpm waterway flow capacity. TAK-4 T3 Independent Rear Suspension System Additionally, a TAK-4 T3 Independent Rear Suspension System utilizes coil springs instead of torsion springs, providing the apparatus with 100 percent mechanical rear steering for two axles on tandems. The customized apparatus is required to meet sustainable practices and the historic city’s vehicle weight and maneuverability requirements. These features will allow Cambridge Fire Department members the ability to safely navigate and access narrow roads and tall buildings. “With the newest addition of the Ascendant 107' heavy-duty aerial ladder, the significantly lighter and fuel efficient vehicle provides a tighter angle radius, and fulfills the department’s need for an easier and cleaner response to navigating through confined city streets in a highly-populated community”, said Gerard Mahoney, Acting Chief of Department for the Cambridge Fire Department. Ascendant 107' heavy-duty aerial ladder Our community’s 278 firefighters and officers have to be supported with very specific tools and apparatus" Gerard adds, “We are an ‘All Hazards Department’ so this means we not only provide fire services and emergency medical advanced life support but are also equipped with technical rescue skills, including high-angle, collapse, trench, and confined space rescue while meeting the city’s unique navigational challenges. Our community’s 278 firefighters and officers have to be supported with very specific tools and apparatus to do our job and we are confident in Pierce Manufacturing and Minuteman Fire and Rescue’s offerings.” The City of Cambridge encompasses a population of more than 113,500 and is part of the Boston metropolitan area. The city’s old fire stations, historic streets, and landmark buildings influenced the decision to purchase a custom apparatus that is lightweight and highly maneuverable. Cambridge is recognized as a LEED Certified City with the highest 5-STAR rating in the U.S. from STAR Communities for its commitment to furthering clean energy practices, sustainable transportation options, and many other programs and initiatives. This commitment to sustainable practices and transportation was a deciding factor for Cambridge Fire Department to replace a vehicle with ten tires, with the new aerial ladder that only has six tires. Light-weight fire rescue equipment “It’s an honor for Minuteman Fire and Rescue and Pierce Manufacturing to continue supporting and offering service for a 30-year partner like the Cambridge Fire Department,” said Jeffrey Fournier, President, Minuteman Fire and Rescue (Minuteman Trucks, Inc.), adding “We delivered the department’s first Pierce vehicle in 1988 and over the years have helped build a 100 percent Pierce apparatus equipped department.” The design, strength, and durability of Pierce apparatus have been rigorously tested and proven to show that lighter weight, tandem axle configuration vehicles provide numerous benefits, especially for weight restrictive and compact roads. In addition, lighter-weight fire rescue equipment allows departments like Cambridge, to comply with clean energy performance measures to meet city and state environmental standards.