Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that the Eighth Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb set to take place on the steps of Lambeau Field in September, will now be hosted as a virtual fundraising event in support of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Co-sponsored by the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field has been recognized as the largest event of its kind in the United States. Due to the unprecedented circumstances the world has faced in recent months, and after much careful consideration, Pierce and the Green Bay Metro Fire Department determined it was in the best interest of the participants and the community to shift the stair climb to a virtual event. Organizers have set a virtual fundraising goal of $125,000, and ask all who would like to participate to still climb on their own or make a direct donation for those who were lost but not forgotten. reduce firefighter deaths Last year’s historic event raised over $115,000, with all proceeds directly benefitting the NFFF “We are certainly disappointed to cancel this year’s 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau,” said Jim Johnson, President of Pierce Manufacturing. “We honor the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which tirelessly works to support the remembrance of America’s fallen firefighters, assist their families, and reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. For this reason, we encourage all to take part in our virtual fundraising opportunity at any level possible." The NFFF uses contributed funds to honor and remember America’s fallen firefighters by providing resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives. Last year’s historic event raised over $115,000, with all proceeds directly benefitting the NFFF. Nearly 2,200 members of the fire service, their families, friends, and community members climbed the steps of Lambeau Field to pay tribute to the 343 FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives on 9/11. virtual participation Although the on-site 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field is canceled this year, virtual participation and fundraising contributions will go directly to support the NFFF’s initiatives. All are welcome to support and honor the 343 fallen firefighters of September 11, 2001.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, has announced that Global Emergency Products, dealer for Illinois and Indiana, was acquired by MacQueen Emergency. The acquisition is comprised of territories and all facilities, including dealership and service locations. MacQueen Emergency, a customer-focused provider of the highest-quality emergency products, will begin offering expanded services to Illinois and Indiana, while continuing to service its existing regions of Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Customer-focused provider “In recent months, we’ve integrated the experienced Global Emergency Products’ team with MacQueen Emergency’s customer-focused philosophies,” said Dan Gage, President and CEO of MacQueen Emergency. “We will keep a heightened focus on emergency equipment and expanding service offerings that help make an impact on the critical work firefighters do each day.” As MacQueen Emergency’s territory now includes Illinois and Indiana, expanded sales and service initiatives have begun including: Recruitment of several service technicians in each location with training and certification opportunities Additional mobile service units to aid service accessibility for rural customers Southern Illinois customers gain access to a convenient service location in Eureka, MO Expanded parts inventory in all locations Large-scale parts inventory MacQueen Emergency is known for its large-scale parts inventory, operator support, and multi-state service network. The acquisition and expansion place an even greater focus on parts, service, and emergency equipment throughout the dealer’s seven-state region. “Over the last 41 years, the Global Emergency Products team built a brand that was highly recognized for their commitment and dedication to serving fire departments,” said Jim Johnson, President of Pierce Manufacturing. “Now operating as MacQueen Emergency, I know the synergy among the collaborative team will continue to increase and enhance the service and sales support for our customers.” With the acquisition of Global Emergency Products, MacQueen Group has also absorbed Temco Machinery Inc., which makes MacQueen the Oshkosh Airport Products dealer in Indiana, Illinois and Northern Kentucky.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that Firematic Supply Company, Pierce’s dealer for Eastern New York and Connecticut, has commemorated the company’s 50th anniversary with the opening of a state-of-the-art showroom and service center in Patterson, New York, and the acceptance of Pierce’s distinguished 2019 Dealer of the Year Award. Sell And Service Fire Extinguishers Originally established in 1961 to sell and service fire extinguishers and fire department supplies, Firematic was purchased by Mike Hanratty in 1969 with a focus on expansion and service. When the company began selling Pierce apparatus in 1980, territory coverage and product sales began to expand substantially. Continuing Firematic’s long legacy, Peter Hanratty took the reigns as a second-generation President in 2005. Firematic technicians offer specialized diagnosis, repairs, and parts inventory" “Opening our new showroom and service center in conjunction with the company’s 50th anniversary is just one representation of our team’s long-standing, continued commitment to broadening resources and support for our customers,” said Peter Hanratty, president of Firematic Supply Company. “The blue floor of our showroom emulates the first-class presentation of the latest fire apparatus products that customers experience on the Blue Floor at Pierce’s factory in Appleton, Wisconsin. Additionally, Firematic technicians offer specialized diagnosis, repairs, and parts inventory to aid area departments with reducing apparatus downtime.” Firematic’s service center offerings include: Service to these New York counties: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester 24-hour, seven-days-a-week emergency service available Factory-trained Pierce technicians Pump maintenance, repair, testing, and overhaul Factory-authorized Waterous & Hale pump service Indoor apparatus storage 60,000-pound lift Fabrication and design Aerial device inspection and testing Certified welding service Application of Carwell Corrosion Protection System Mobile service units State-of-the-art, on-site pump test pit 2019 Dealer Of The Year Award In addition to the opening of a new showroom and service center, Firematic was chosen among all dealers in North America to receive Pierce’s 2019 Dealer of the Year award. The award is based on a dealership’s outstanding client service, their growth as a company, and sales of apparatus and new products. As a company, in recent years, Firematic increased facility square footage by 30,000 square feet and added more than 20 new employees. “It was a pleasure to honor such a deserving company with the 2019 Dealer of the Year award, and I commend the Firematic team for the remarkable service provided to Pierce customers in the Northeast for the last 50 years,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “Regardless if they are working with customers, employees, or partners, Firematic always provides an exceptional experience.”
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, has announced that it has further improved safety in the fire industry by collaborating with HAAS, Inc. d/b/a HAAS Alert to offer digital collision avoidance technology as a standard integration on Appleton-built custom chassis produced for domestic and Canadian municipal customers, and as an available aftermarket solution for apparatus currently in service. Safety Cloud solutions HAAS Alert’s Safety Cloud works by sending real-time digital alerts from a hardware device mounted within the cab of a fire truck to nearby motorists via mobile navigation apps (e.g., Waze) and vehicle infotainment screens. System integration will begin on trucks that are in the production process in early 2020. Jeromie Johnston, VP of Segment Strategy and Business Development for Pierce, said of the collaboration, “As a leader in the fire apparatus manufacturing market, Pierce doesn’t just meet safety requirements - we continuously seek methods and tools to further improve safety. Adding HAAS Alert’s collision avoidance service as a standard safety solution to our custom fire apparatus demonstrates our commitment to customer safety.” Collision avoidance technology Collision avoidance tech sends an alert to a motorist’s mobile device if they are close to an emergency vehicle A 2013 University of Minnesota study notes that the risk of collision between a civilian vehicle and an emergency vehicle can be greatly reduced when nearby drivers receive an advanced warning about the hazardous situation. HAAS Alert’s collision avoidance technology sends an alert to a motorist’s mobile device if they are in the vicinity of an emergency vehicle that is in route or positioned at the scene. “Distracted driving continues to be a major concern on roadways as members of fire service put them at risk while responding to emergencies both in route and positioned at a scene,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “Working with HAAS Alert enables us to offer an innovative new way to incorporate technology that extends beyond the fire apparatus to support safety protocol for firefighters and members of the communities they serve.” Safety protocol for firefighters HAAS Alert’s mission is to make roadways safer by alerting drivers of emergency vehicles. Cory Hohs, co-founder and CEO of HAAS Alert, stated, “Despite increased measures put into place by public safety agencies and the rise of initiatives including Vision Zero and the Move Over law, roadway collisions involving first responders and motorists continue to increase year over year.” Since launching two years ago, the Safety Cloud has delivered more than 100 million driver alerts. The alerts extend the reach of traditional lights and sirens to improve motorist awareness, allowing more time for drivers to make safe maneuvers and comply with Move Over laws.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that it is partnering exclusively with Fotokite to provide situational awareness systems to firefighters and first responders. The introduction of the Pierce Situational Awareness System by Fotokite was announced at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in April 2019. Through a newly-established exclusive arrangement between Pierce and Fotokite, the vehicle-integrated situational awareness product will be available solely through Pierce’s dealer network. The situational awareness system is a self-piloting, actively tethered aerial device that provides instant aerial views of an emergency scene to help maximize response effectiveness and safety. beta-program rollout With no requirement for a piloting license or certificate of authorization, valuable team resources are not depleted to pilot the aerial device during an operation. Controlled inside or outside the vehicle via tablet, a live video stream offers thermal surveillance, scene documentation, as well as critical training. The system transmits power, control signal, and video through the tether for security and reliability. The missions included live fire responses, search and rescue missions, and training exercises" “During the beta-program rollout earlier this year, the Pierce Situational Awareness System was flown in over 1,500 missions by fire departments across the country,” said Jim Johnson, President of Pierce Manufacturing. “These missions included live fire responses, search and rescue missions, and training exercises.” Additionally, the system was on display throughout the 2019 Pierce Road Rally, which drew 2,200 attendees and covered over 5,000 miles and 16 states. firefighters and first responder teams “The entire Fotokite team is honored to serve firefighters and first responder teams in their duty to save lives and preserve property, alongside Pierce Manufacturing,” said Chris McCall, CEO of Fotokite. “Through this partnership, we look forward to building on the solid track record of installations, trainings, and resources provided to not only keep firefighters safe but also to support them in their everyday missions.” Pierce and Fotokite’s exclusive cooperation covers all land-based firefighting and public safety command vehicle markets in North and South America, as well as worldwide airport rescue and fire fighting and industrial fire fighting customers. Pierce’s dealer network supports Pierce Situational Awareness System installations in both new apparatus and those currently in service, including non-Pierce apparatus.
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, announced that it has introduced the new Pierce Ultra Highrise Pumper (UHRP) at China Fire 2019 (Booth E2-9), in Beijing on October 16. Pierce Ultra Highrise Pumper China’s continued urbanization and economic growth, including the development of buildings reaching extraordinary heights, have led to a critical need for advanced fire protection throughout many provinces. With its first high-rise test UL certified, Pierce’s new UHRP includes momentous features including the ability to pump fire suppression agents up to 420 meters (1,378 feet) in height. Pierce’s UHRP includes momentous features like the ability to pump fire suppression agents up to 420 m In 2019, 60-percent of the world’s “super-tall” buildings currently under construction will be completed in China. Now with over 110 buildings exceeding 350 meters (1,148 feet) in height, China boasts a significant number of the world’s tallest buildings dispersed throughout various geographic areas including Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen, and more. High-quality fire apparatus “Pierce continues to build momentum on a global scale while being recognized as a company that produces high-quality fire apparatus with superior features and performance,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. He adds, “The introduction of the new Pierce Ultra Highrise Pumper is one example of our team’s commitment to developing the most innovative apparatus to support the lifesaving work of dedicated men and women in the fire service across the world.” Arrow XT chassis and Waterous CMU/CGV fire pump This pumper is deployed to provide water for fighting fire at ultra highrise buildings" The UHRP is manufactured at Pierce’s production facilities in the United States and built on Pierce’s custom Arrow XT chassis with Cummins ISX engine (550 horsepower) and Three-stage Waterous CMU/CGV fire pump (1500 GPM). Pierce’s in-country customer support team remains ready in China to provide world-class after-sales service and parts support across the country. On September 28, 2019, the Oshkosh China team and Guangxi Fire Rescue Corps jointly completed a successful UHRP test at the 403-meter-tall China Resources Building in Nanning, China. Building fire safety “Fire fighting in highrise buildings is a worldwide challenge,” said Kebin Liao, deputy chief of staff at the headquarters of the Guangxi Fire Rescue Corps. “This pumper is deployed to provide water for fighting fire at ultra highrise buildings in the event the built-in firefighting system fails. The water reached 384 meters (1,259 feet), the 85th floor through a line of high-pressure hoses with total length of 1.2 km (3,950 feet). This test was UL certified and the pumper could have sent the water to a higher floor if the construction was complete”.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that its seventh annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, in partnership with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, raised over $115,000 with all proceeds directly benefitting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Nearly 2,200 members of the fire service, their families, friends, and community members climbed the steps of historic Lambeau Field on Saturday, September 7th to pay tribute to the 343 FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives on 9/11. Sharing NFFF’s Mission “The events of September 11, 2001 motivated me, and many others in my profession, to become firefighters and serve our communities,” said Lieutenant Shauna Walesh, Firefighter with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department. “Over the past seven years, it has been an honor to help build awareness and share the mission of the NFFF, as well as climb alongside so many individuals and teams who come together to show they will never forget.” Firefighting risks The dedicated participants of the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field ascended 110 stories, the height of World Trade Center Towers. Each climber wore a badge with the name and photograph of one of the fallen firefighters. At Pierce, we’re committed to supporting the fire service beyond the apparatus" At the equivalent of the 78th floor, the highest floor reached by a firefighter on 9/11, participants stated the name of the individual on their badge and rang a fire bell in their honor. “It’s important to recognize that no community or fire department is invulnerable to the inherent risks firefighters face each day” said Jim Johnson, President of Pierce Manufacturing. Assisting Fallen firefighters' families “The work of the NFFF is critically important, and it is an honor to partner with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department each year for a day of remembrance. At Pierce, we’re committed to supporting the fire service beyond the apparatus, and the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is just one way we can help maintain programs that support fire service survivors.” The NFFF honors and remembers America’s fallen firefighters by providing resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives. The organization also works within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. Through support networks, conferences, workshops and scholarships, the NFFF has led a nationwide effort to develop and expand programming for the entire fire service community.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that it will display an extensive array of apparatus and new technology innovations during the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) Fire Rescue International (FRI) conference and expo on August 7-10, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Located at booth #1503, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the latest developments in fire apparatus, fire truck features, and technology that improves safety and efficiency for those who work in the fire service. The seven Pierce fire trucks that will be on display include: Enforcer Ascendant 110’ Single-Axle Heavy-Duty Platform PUC Velocity Ascendant 107’ Single-Axle Heavy-Duty Aerial Ladder Velocity Ascendant 100’ Heavy-Duty Aerial Tower Saber Pumper Enforcer PUC Pumper Velocity PUC Pumper Enforcer Pumper Pierce Situational Awareness System demonstration The new Pierce Situational Awareness System by Fotokite is a self-piloting, actively-tethered aerial device that can be deployed from any apparatus or easy-to-transport Pelican case, and is retrofittable with apparatus currently in service. The device offers increased response effectiveness through aerial and thermal imagery to assess the size and scope of a fire. As the industry’s only aerial situational awareness system that actively tethers to the fire apparatus and can hard-wire into the vehicle system, there’s no need for a piloting license or certificate of authorization, and no battery life limitations to work around. Pierce’s booth will offer periodic demonstrations to show how the device helps response effectiveness. Supporting firefighters' unique needs “Apparatus and technology innovations have been monumental for our organization in recent years as we’ve addressed voice of customer feedback to set benchmarks for performance in the industry,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. Pierce’s FRI exhibit will show the expansiveness of our product and service platforms" “Not only do those who work in the fire service deserve the best apparatus to serve their communities, our team is committed to providing premier products and services that support the critical work of these dedicated men and women. Pierce’s FRI exhibit will show the expansiveness of our product and service platforms and how recent advancements support the unique needs of firefighters.” IAFC’s Fire Chief of the Year award In addition to booth displays and demonstrations, Pierce is the sponsor of the IAFC’s Fire Chief of the Year award which is presented to two honorees selected and announced on Tuesday, August 6th, and honored during an FRI ceremony on Thursday, August 8th. The prestigious Fire Chief of the Year award recognizes one volunteer and one career fire chief for their leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity, public service, and contributions to the fire service. “It is an honor to take part in the inspiring moment each year when we have the opportunity to share the nominations for the two Fire Chief of the Year award honorees,” said Johnson. “The recipients exemplify what it means to be a leader, and on behalf of the Pierce Manufacturing team, we share our heartfelt gratitude for their service.”
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that its 2019 Road Rally has set off for the second wave of events taking place along the East Coast and throughout the Midwest. Featuring some of the most innovative apparatus and equipment in the fire industry, the Road Rally offers a hands-on and immersive experience for members of fire service. On Monday, July 15, the Road Rally stopped in Allentown, Pennsylvania, near the headquarters of authorized Pierce dealer, Glick Fire Equipment, and will continue to twelve additional locations throughout July and August 2019. Like the first wave of events, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in educational Q&A sessions with Pierce product experts and Pierce dealer representatives, as well as view and test drive all apparatus featured in the Road Rally. Pierce’s Road Rally “Over the past month, the Road Rally stopped in eight locations throughout the Southeast with 75 attendees or more taking part in each event,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “Some attendees visit the event in the closest geographic location to their department, and others have traveled a significant distance to accommodate work schedule demands. We’ve heard a lot of positive feedback about the opportunity the Road Rally presents to gain knowledge and hands-on experience with apparatus that offer features to best suit the needs of a community.” The nine fire trucks included in Pierce’s Road Rally include: Arrow XT 100’ Ascendant Heavy-Duty Aerial Tower Enforcer 107’ Ascendant Heavy-Duty Single Axle Aerial Ladder with PUC Pump Enforcer 107’ Ascendant Heavy-Duty Tandem Axle Aerial Ladder Impel 110’ Ascendant Heavy-Duty Single Axle Aerial Platform Enforcer 75’ Aluminum Aerial Ladder Velocity 100’ Heavy-Duty Aerial Platform Enforcer PUC Pumper Saber Pumper with Ford Power Stroke Turbo Diesel Power Train CRU-22 Critical Response Unit TAK-4 suspension In addition to taking part in the hands-on operation of apparatus, Road Rally attendees can learn more about the extensive customizations available on Pierce fire trucks from chassis to pump panels, electrical systems to TAK-4 suspension, and more. The events are designed to allow fire department representatives to view, operate, and ask questions about products that will best serve their community’s unique needs. We were able to show the superior maneuverability of the 100’ Ascendant Heavy-Duty Aerial Tower" “We were happy to partner with Ten-8 Fire Equipment to provide accommodations at our department in McDonough, Georgia, for one of Pierce’s Road Rally events,” said Mark Henley, Lieutenant at Henry County Fire Department. 100’ Ascendant Aerial Tower “The event is unlike FDIC where apparatus displays are static. As we wait for our grant to come through, we were able to show our commissioner first-hand the superior maneuverability of the 100’ Ascendant Heavy-Duty Aerial Tower, how it will meet our gallons-per-minute flow requirements, as well as the features that will address many other critical needs of the area we serve.” Over six weeks, the Road Rally sets off for the second wave of events visiting nine states in twelve locations including fire departments, fire training centers, Pierce dealerships, and service centers.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that it has delivered seven pumpers built on the Pierce Saber custom chassis mounted with Canadian company MAXIMETAL’s firefighting body configuration. The “MaxiSaber” apparatus represents the first seven of the 35 awarded pumper trucks to be built and delivered to the City of Montreal Fire Department over the next five years. Since instituting an agreement in 2015 with MAXIMETAL of Saint-Georges de Beauce, Quebec, Canada, Pierce has sold its Pierce Saber custom chassis to MAXIMETAL who in turn, manufactures and mounts its various firefighting body configurations onto the chassis. The completed apparatus is provided to fire departments across Canada. MaxiSaber value-driven chassis “When we searched for a body builder to work with Pierce in the design of a family of apparatus specifically for the Canadian market, MAXIMETAL stood out as the perfect fit because of their reputation for quality, reliability, and focus on superior customer service and support,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “Over the last four years, we’ve learned how well our collaborative vision aligns, and we look forward to continued growth across Canada in the years to come.” MaxiSaber configurations offer a value-driven chassis without compromise on build quality" In 2018, MAXIMETAL announced it was awarded the $32.1M contract spanning five years with the City of Montreal Fire Department, one of the largest contracts in the company’s history. “MAXIMETAL is honored to work with Pierce Manufacturing in the fulfillment of such a significant apparatus order for the City of Montreal Fire Department,” said Chris Sapienza, director of business development. “MaxiSaber configurations offer a value-driven chassis without compromise on build quality, cutting-edge performance and advancements in visibility, space, ergonomics and serviceability.” Primary focus on safety The City of Montreal Fire Department covers 166 square miles and serves 1.7 million citizens from 67 fire stations. Built on contouring Mount Royal and completely surrounded by water, Montreal is recognized as a cosmopolitan city with one of the largest underground networks in the world. As the second most populous city in Canada with unique geographic attributes and infrastructure design, many factors contributed to the selection of MaxiSaber apparatus including a primary focus on safety, egress in and out of the cab, noise reduction, visibility and overall performance. Drummondville-based L’Arsenal will work with the Montreal Fire Department providing aftermarket and product support. Spacious cab interior Other apparatus features include a spacious cab interior with a raised roof transition line “L’Arsenal is equipped to provide exceptional aftermarket service and support to ensure that the new apparatus for the City of Montreal Fire Department maintain optimal performance, maximizing time in service,” said Jean Thibault, President of L’Arsenal. “We look forward to supporting the department and the community with our experience and expertise.” The apparatus included in the City of Montreal Fire Department’s order will include a total of 35 MaxiSaber pumpers, all built on the Pierce Saber custom chassis with the last delivery estimated to take place in 2022. Other apparatus features include a spacious cab interior with a raised roof transition line, wraparound windshield for excellent outward visibility, a 450 hp engine, and a 50-degree cramp angle for excellent maneuverability along the city’s narrow roads and alleys.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced the opening of a newly-expanded, cutting-edge training facility. The Pierce Training Center supports continued investments in production process efficiencies, technology advancements, product innovation, and quality control. Pierce’s new training center at 2602 American Drive in Appleton, Wisconsin reinforces Pierce’s continuous effort to provide the highest quality apparatus in the fire service industry. On any given workday, a look inside the state-of-the-art Pierce Training Center facility reveals up to 25 students engaging in various curriculums. New team members are introduced to the Pierce culture of “people first,” and brought up to speed as they learn critical, on-the-job skills. Additionally, tenured team members participate in sessions to strengthen their skills and become more efficient in their existing job, or to develop skills that will support career advancement. Supporting team members “Pierce has not been immune to the labor shortage many manufacturers across the United States have faced in recent years,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. Pierce’s training programs have evolved into a curriculum created and facilitated by product platform “We know how important it is to support new and tenured team members in order to provide the best workplace experience and ultimately produce the highest quality apparatus. We’ve seen first-hand how beneficial a robust training program can be for our overall efficiency, employee acquisition, and retention rates.” Training initiatives Originally established nearly two decades ago, Pierce’s training programs have evolved into a curriculum created and facilitated by product platform and technology experts. In addition, company retirees dedicate time to pass important knowledge on to younger generations. Pierce Manufacturing measures the success of its training initiatives with competency quizzes given at the beginning and end of each training course. While students are required to score at least 90-percent on evaluations, the ultimate assessment is the impact these efforts make on customer satisfaction.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that registration is open for the seventh annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb taking place at historic Lambeau Field on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Co-sponsored by the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, the event is not just for first responders – but all who want to take part in honoring the 343 fallen firefighters of September 11, 2001. Last year’s record attendance included 2,700 residents, firefighters, and local businesses, who together raised more than $135,000 to directly benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). memorializes fallen heroes nationwide “Many watched in disbelief as we saw the events unfold on September 11, 2001, and in the months following our nation demonstrated fortitude and perseverance,” said Chief David W. Litton of the Green Bay Metro Fire Department. “The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb not only gives us the chance to honor the fallen heroes of that day, but also memorializes fallen heroes nationwide, and raises critical funds to establish benefits, programs, grief support, and more for the families of brave men and women who have devoted their lives to fire service.” Each climber will ring a fire bell in honor of the firefighter represented on their badge The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is not a timed race, but a way for firefighters and the community to honor and remember the New York firefighters who selflessly gave their lives on that fateful day. All are welcome to participate regardless of age or fitness level. symbolically complete the climb Participants are invited to ascend the equivalent of 110 stories – the height of the fallen World Trade Center Towers – on the steps of Lambeau Field. Each climber is given a badge with the name and photograph to symbolically complete the climb with one of the fallen firefighters of 9/11. At the equivalent of the 78th floor of the World Trade Center towers (the highest level reached), each climber will ring a fire bell in honor of the firefighter represented on their badge. “Once again, we are honored to partner with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department to support the NFFF and the families of the fallen firefighters,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “Regardless if you are a firefighter or a community member – everyone has a reason to climb.” Event details Event registration is $30 per climber until June 2, 2019, $35 per climber until August 4, 2019, and $40 per person, thereafter. Pre-registrants will receive an event t-shirt and all climbers will receive an honor badge. Climbers can pre-register and check in the evening before the climb from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. near Lot 5 at Lambeau Field. An opening ceremony will take place at 9:00 a.m. featuring the Presentation of the Colors, National Anthem, and a prayer. Climbing safety guidelines and instructions will be announced prior to the bagpiper procession into the stadium. Start times will be organized into 10-minute waves of 343 climbers and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Entertainment will be provided on the stage near the Kwik Trip Gate for event supporters and participants waiting to climb. Climbers will be given a badge with the name and photograph of one of the fallen firefighters, to symbolically complete the climb with one of the fallen. All funds raised benefit the NFFF. Pre-registration, event details and FAQs are available on the Facebook event page or on the Pierce Manufacturing website. $635,000 to support NFFF’s mission Since establishing a partnership with the NFFF, Pierce has helped raised more than $635,000 to support the NFFF’s mission to develop and expand programs that honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and provide resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives. Through the Fire Hero Family Network, support networks, conferences, workshops and scholarships, the NFFF has led a nationwide effort to develop and expand programming for the entire fire service community.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that its Road Rally will give members of the fire service a chance to experience the most innovative fire apparatus in the industry and talk with experts about their community’s unique needs. Pierce’s Road Rally kicks off on Monday, June 10th in St. Louis, Missouri and will visit more than 20 U.S. locations. new product innovations “In recent years, Pierce has introduced many new product innovations that have set benchmarks for performance in the industry and focused on the essential needs of firefighters,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “The Road Rally will feature eight Pierce fire trucks and will encompass an immersive and educational experience allowing current and prospective customers a chance to view, operate, and ask questions about the products that will best serve their community.” The apparatus included in Pierce’s Road Rally are: Arrow XT™ 100’ Ascendant® Heavy-Duty Aerial Tower Enforcer™ 107’ Ascendant® Heavy-Duty Single Axle Aerial Ladder with PUC™ Pump Enforcer™ 107’ Ascendant® Heavy-Duty Tandem Axle Aerial Ladder Impel® 110’ Ascendant® Heavy-Duty Single Axle Aerial Platform Enforcer™ 75’ Aluminum Aerial Ladder Velocity® 100’ Heavy-Duty Aerial Platform Enforcer™ PUC Pumper Saber® Pumper with Ford Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel Power Train educational Q&A sessions Visitor experiences will include educational Q&A sessions with Pierce product experts and Pierce dealer representatives. Also, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in hands-on operation of apparatus, test-drive all apparatus featured in the Road Rally and learn more about the extensive customizations available on Pierce fire trucks from chassis to pump panels, electrical systems to TAK-4® suspension, and more. Pierce’s Road Rally will stop in locations including fire departments, fire training centers, Pierce dealerships and service centers, and other locations across the U.S. throughout summer 2019. The most current dates and locations can be found on the company website and may be subject to change. Those interested in attending are encouraged to work with a local Pierce dealer to register for an event in the desired location.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, has announced that Siddons-Martin Emergency Group marked the company’s 45th anniversary as an authorized Pierce dealer with the expansion of service center offerings across Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana. The Lubbock, Texas Service Center opened in August 2018, serving the North Texas and Texas Panhandle region. The Dallas Service Center opened in January 2019, located in Balch Springs, Texas and serves the city of Dallas, Texas and the surrounding municipalities. The Longview Service Center is scheduled to open in April 2019, located in Longview, Texas and will serve the East Texas and North Louisiana regions. Service center expansion Leon Martin Jr. and Pat Siddons share appreciation for their dedicated team and the expanded service offerings. Headquartered in Houston, Texas and employing over 300 dedicated personnel, Siddons-Martin Emergency Group is considered one of the largest emergency vehicle dealerships in North America. “As we celebrate our forty-fifth year in business as a Pierce authorized dealer, I couldn’t be more grateful for the knowledgeable team and incredible customer relationships we’ve built over the years,” said Leon Martin Jr., President of Service for Siddons-Martin Emergency Group, adding “The new service centers and mobile service units will allow us to grow relationships, while providing the same quality products and enhanced experience our customers have come to know and trust.” Pierce fire apparatus sales led by Siddons-Martin Emergency Group is the driving factor for service center expansion Pierce fire apparatus sales Pierce fire apparatus sales in these regions led by Siddons-Martin Emergency Group have been the driving factor for service center expansion. All centers will feature hydraulic truck lifts, mobile or on-site fire pump testing and certification, computer diagnostics and service history review, annual and semi-annual inspections, robust preventive maintenance programs, and EVT and ASE certified technicians with a master EVP technician in each region. The Siddons-Martin mobile service unit brings the company’s fleet to a total of 40 units. “I’d like to thank the Siddons-Martin Emergency Group team for exceptionally serving Pierce customers in Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana for the last 45 years,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “As a highly respected dealer and service provider, I am confident the service center expansions will provide outstanding support and be an invaluable resource for current and future customers.” Technical support at service centers Upon opening the Longview Service Center, Siddons-Martin Emergency Group will maintain a total of 16 service centers and 40 mobile service units – all featuring highly trained technicians offering expertise in the areas of parts ordering, training, warranties, and other aftermarket services.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, has announced that Atlantic Emergency Solutions has opened new service centers located in Salisbury, Maryland and Charlotte, North Carolina in the US. The new locations will service all makes and models of Pierce fire apparatus including third party aerial and ladder testing, pump testing, collision, fabrication and paint services, preventative maintenance, and all major and minor repairs. 24-hour mobile service support Each location will also be equipped with 24-hour mobile service technicians, available for dispatch when requested. Atlantic Emergency Solutions is the authorized Pierce dealer for Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Eastern West Virginia. “On behalf of Pierce Manufacturing, I commend Atlantic Emergency Solutions for making the ongoing commitment to the men and women in the fire service by expanding its service center reach,” said Jim Johnson, President of Pierce Manufacturing. “As a certified Pierce dealer and a highly regarded emergency equipment provider in North America, Atlantic Emergency Solutions’ expansion will provide critical service resources to allow fire departments to get the highest level of performance out of their apparatus.” Atlantic Emergency Solutions At Atlantic Emergency Solutions, we are committed to meeting the unique needs of our customers" Atlantic Emergency Solutions is based in Manassas, Virginia and employs more than 250 professionals and master-trained technicians who offer sales support, comprehensive parts and service capabilities, around the clock roadside assistance, and customer training. The new service centers located at 32080 Beaver Run Drive in Salisbury, Maryland and 6809 Statesville Road, in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be equipped with the same resources for routine and emergency service needs. “At Atlantic Emergency Solutions, we are committed to meeting the unique needs of our customers and beyond pleased to offer that same trusted partnership at our new locations. Closer proximity to the many departments requesting assistance, will allow our team to help reduce the amount of time an apparatus is in repair,” said Will Bascom, Chief Operations Officer, Atlantic Emergency Solutions. Supporting Maryland and North Carolina fire departments He adds, “We look forward to building a strong relationship with the Maryland fire service community and continuing to support North Carolina fire departments with the integrity and hard work our talented employees and master trained technicians put forth each day.”
Firefighters, their families, friends and community members from across the nation gathered at the historic Lambeau Field on Saturday, September 22, 2018 to participate in the sixth annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Over 2,700 participants promised to “never forget” by honoring and remembering the 343 New York firefighters who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This year’s event raised more than $135,000 with all proceeds benefitting the NFFF and has again been recognized as one of the largest stair climbs in the nation. 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb “Each year, the Green Bay Metro Fire Department forms a team and we encourage community members to participate alongside those in fire service,” said Lieutenant Shauna Walesh, Life Safety Educator/PIO with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department. “It’s an honor to symbolically finish the climb that many firefighters were unable to complete that day.” 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb participants had the opportunity to ascend the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center while wearing a badge with the name and photograph of one of the fallen firefighters. At the 78th floor, the highest floor reached on 9/11, each climber rang a fire bell in honor of the individual on their badge. Remembering fallen firefighters “Since its inception, the Pierce Manufacturing team has been grateful for the opportunity to co-sponsor the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb along with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department,” said Jim Johnson, President of Pierce Manufacturing. “Not only is it an incredible day of remembrance and reflection, supporting the NFFF helps provide access to critical resources for survivors and co-workers of fallen firefighters.” Since instituting a partnership with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), Pierce Manufacturing Inc. has helped raise more than US$ 600,000 in funds to support the NFFF’s mission to provide support and resources for the families of fallen firefighters. Through support networks, conferences, workshops and scholarships, the NFFF has taken the lead in a nationwide effort to develop and expand programming for the entire fire service community.
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has announced the winners of the 2018 IAFC Fire Chief of the Year awards, sponsored by Pierce Manufacturing. Volunteer Fire Chief, Herbert Leusch, of the Glen Echo Fire Department in Bethesda, Maryland, and Career Fire Chief, Joanne Hayes-White, of the San Francisco Fire Department are this year’s honorees. A selection committee appointed by the IAFC reviewed nominations for active chiefs of departments that have shown exemplary contributions in the areas of leadership, innovation, professional development, service to the public, and contributions to the fire service community as a whole. Sponsored by Pierce, the 2018 Fire Chief of the Year award recipients will be recognized during a presentation taking place on Thursday, August 9 during FRI’s general session at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. 2018 IAFC Fire Chief of the Year awards Chief Leusch and Chief Hayes-White have had distinguished careers in their respective fire departments" “I look forward to the captivating moment each year when we share the nominations for the two Fire Chief of the Year award honorees,” said Jim Johnson, President of Pierce Manufacturing, adding “Chief Leusch and Chief Hayes-White have had distinguished careers in their respective fire departments. These two leaders have shown how to lead with grace, professionalism, and devotion that inspires others. On behalf of the Pierce Manufacturing team, we’d like to share heartfelt congratulations to Chiefs Leusch and Hayes-White.” Volunteer Fire Chief Honoree, Herbert Leusch, of the Glen Echo (Bethesda, Md.) Fire Department has over the last 25 years exhibited the highest standard for volunteer fire-rescue through extraordinary dedication. During his career, his competency and outstanding achievements have led him up the ranks from Firefighter to Deputy Chief, to his current position of Fire Chief which he took on nearly a decade ago with the Glen Echo Fire Department. Glen Echo Fire Department Fire Chief honored In his current role, Chief Leusch is responsible for all operational aspects of a combination fire department made up of 70 personnel, responding to over 2,200 calls a year. He has maintained the highest level of commitment to service throughout his distinguished career and has been an inspirational role model for others. Some of Chief Leusch’s most notable accomplishments include successfully establishing a bicycle emergency response team, developing a heavy apparatus driver training program, building Advanced Life Support capabilities, and co-leading a firefighting task force in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Firefighting task force veteran His exceptional leadership is evident not only through his actions, but also the recognition he’s received including a high-level citation for “Dedication and Heroic Service” in Maryland from US Congressman Chris Van Hollen, an official citation from the Maryland General Assembly for “Distinguished Service,” and multiple top-responder awards. Not only is Chief Leusch a highly decorated and respected volunteer fire-rescuer, he has accomplished these achievements while excelling in his day job as Senior Principal at General Dynamics Information Systems. While juggling both his fire-rescue and professional career, Chief Leusch has made his family and continuing education top priorities. In conjunction with earning multiple graduate degrees and educating others in various areas of fire-rescue service, Chief Leusch is wholeheartedly committed to being a devoted husband and father. He genuinely epitomizes what it means to be a great volunteer fire chief. Chief Leusch is a clear representation of the highest ideals demonstrated by a Fire Chief of the Year. Fire Safety responsibilities and duties In 2004, Chief Hayes-White was sworn in as Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department Career Fire Chief Honoree, Joanne Hayes-White of the San Francisco Fire Department began her career with fire department 28 years ago as she embarked on a journey that would take her up the ranks from Firefighter to Assistant Deputy Chief. Making an incredible impression along the way, in 2004, Chief Hayes-White was sworn in as Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department – the largest urban fire department in the world with a female chief. As a hands-on, collaborative and team-oriented leader, Chief Hayes-White takes pride in knowing most of the department’s 1,800 members by name. During her tenure as Chief, she has instituted many vital changes, both in the department and externally, including the implementation of a random on-duty alcohol and drug testing policy, the reconfiguration of emergency medical services, and the restoration of promotional examinations – all of which have increased accountability and led to greater operational efficiency. San Francisco Fire Department veteran With the history of the San Francisco Fire Department under consent decree from 1988-1998, Chief Hayes-White worked diligently to improve diversity and inclusion in the department. Under her leadership, uniformed women personnel increased from 5% to 15% (with the national average between 3-4%) and the percentage of male and female minorities increased to 50%. This success resulted in the department being selected to participate in the Department of Labor Study on Promising Practices for Increasing Diversity Among First Responders. While attending to many operational improvements, Chief Hayes-White also focused on outreach to the community with programs including the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, San Francisco Firefighters in Safety Education and a partnership with San Francisco Unified School district and the American Heart Association to incorporate CPR training into 9th grade curriculum. Fire Chief of the Year An active member of IAFC, Chief Hayes-White currently serves as a member of the Presidential Public Safety Officers’ Medal of Valor Board and has also served with the Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee, the National Advisory Council to FEMA, and the American Red Cross – Bay Area Chapter. In 2010, Chief Hayes-White was selected to attend and complete the Senior Executives in State and Local Government course at Harvard, Kennedy School of Government. Her accomplishments are many, but what speaks most to why Chief Hayes-White’s embodies a true Fire Chief of the Year is the way her team describes her: decisive, energetic, collaborative, servant-leader, innovator, courageous, and down to earth. As proud as she is to serve as chief of the San Francisco Fire Department, Chief Hayes-White says her proudest accomplishment is being mom to her three sons, Riley, Logan and Sean, who will be with her in Dallas to accept the Fire Chief of the Year award.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, has announced that MacQueen Emergency Group (MacQueen) has acquired Schuhmacher Fire Equipment (Schuhmacher), expanding its territory to include Schuhmacher’s 109 Missouri counties. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, MacQueen Emergency Group is the authorized Pierce dealer for Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Fire apparatus road service and repair With the acquisition of Schuhmacher, MacQueen has partnered with Rescue Repair, Inc. of Festus, Missouri, to provide the expertise of factory trained, certified technicians offering quality fire apparatus road service and repair in the former Schuhmacher territory. Western Missouri counties of Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte will continue to be supported by Pierce dealer, Conrad Fire Equipment, Inc. “I’d like to sincerely thank John Schuhmacher and his team for serving Pierce customers in Missouri for the last 37 years,” said Jim Johnson, President of Pierce Manufacturing, adding “Schuhmacher Fire Equipment and MacQueen Emergency Group are both highly regarded dealerships and service providers in North America with dedicated personnel, and I am confident the acquisition will be seamless.” Fire safety equipment specialist Schuhmacher is based in Washington, Missouri and has provided fire apparatus, equipment, and service since 1979 Schuhmacher is based in Washington, Missouri and has provided fire apparatus, equipment, and service since 1979. The company has attributed its success over the years to being dedicated to earning the trust and respect of its customers and operating as a unified team. “After nearly forty years in business, I couldn’t be prouder of our incredible team and the customer relationships we’ve built,” said John Schuhmacher, President of Schuhmacher Fire Equipment, adding “One of my primary goals in finding the best acquisition partner was to ensure my entire team would be retained and given the opportunity to keep up their great work with the fire service community of Missouri. In addition, I look forward to continuing to be a resource for MacQueen Emergency Group.” Country-wide expansion strategy With the acquisition of Schuhmacher, MacQueen brings a high level of experience in the industry and a large support network. Established in 1961, the MacQueen Equipment Group has expanded significantly over the last ten years, and the office in Washington, Missouri will be the company’s third location. “We look forward to having an expanded territory that will allow us to develop new relationships and offer Missouri’s fire departments an enhanced customer experience,” said Dan Gage, President of MacQueen Emergency Equipment, adding “While providing the same quality products that Schuhmacher’s customers have come to know and trust, our growing team will recognize support and service as our top priority.”
The Pierce Saber serves as the benchmark in its class, and is among the industry’s most popular custom chassis Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, has sold a Pierce® Saber® custom pumper equipped with a Ford 6.7L V-8 turbo diesel power train to the Lafayette County Fire Department located in Oxford, Mississippi, home of the University of Mississippi. The availability of the Ford power train on the Pierce Saber chassis was announced less than 30 days ago. The vehicle will be delivered in mid-2018. Budgets for fire departments “With the recently announced availability of Ford’s proven V-8 turbo diesel, we are opening up Pierce Saber custom apparatus to a new segment of budget conscious fire departments,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “Now, there’s a new option for departments on a tight budget to move up to the quality of a Pierce custom chassis. We’re very encouraged by the interest expressed from many parts of the country in such a short period of time.” Fleet transition “We are transitioning our fleet to custom apparatus as a way to enhance our emergency response capabilities, and many members of our department are already familiar with the quality and reliability of Pierce Saber vehicles,” said Wes Anderson, fire coordinator for Lafayette County Fire Department. “The availability of the Ford power train brought the Pierce Saber into our price range – and that was a big selling point for us. It also helped that a couple of our volunteer firefighters own heavy-duty Ford commercial vehicles with a similar engine and they think highly of it. “We had the opportunity to spend a day with the Saber demo vehicle. Our firefighters drove it through the community and conducted informal time trials to compare it to our other custom pumper,” added Anderson. “We tested it without any equipment or water, and then with a full 1,000 gallons on board. The firefighters who drove it and rode in it were impressed.” Roush leads testing The integration, testing, and validation of the Ford power train into a Pierce custom chassis was led by Roush – a leader in motorsports and high-performance passenger vehicles. The Ford V-8 turbo diesel power train generates nearly the equivalent amount of horsepower to the rear wheels as larger and heavier engines commonly offered in this class. In addition, the Ford service network backs the power train, which is covered by a 5-year/100,000-mile warranty. “The comprehensive warranty – and the availability of local mechanics – was a big factor for us,” Anderson explained. “To service some other engine brands, we’d have to travel more than an hour for support.” "The availability of the Ford power train brought the Pierce Saber into our price range – and that was a big selling point for us" Pierce Saber features The Pierce Saber purchased by Lafayette County FD features a 1,250-gpm single stage pump, a 1,000-gallon water tank, a Control Zone™ pump panel, and seating for six firefighters. Other features include lowered crosslays, a full complement of ground ladders, and full-height compartments with 500 lb. capacity slide out trays to carry extrication equipment. The Pierce Saber custom chassis serves as the benchmark in its class, and is among the industry’s most popular custom chassis. The cab is renowned for its excellent visibility, safety features, interior room, and storage space. A flat floor in the crew cab area provides surer footing, and the steps are low and offset for easier entry and exit. A one-piece wraparound windshield delivers excellent outward visibility. Lafayette County Fire Department The Lafayette County Fire Department serves over 40,000 citizens and covers 630 square miles. The department has over 150 members and is building its 15th fire station. Emergency Equipment Professionals is the Pierce dealer for Mississippi and Alabama. The company, headquartered in Horn Lake, Mississippi, features three additional sales and service centres – in Richland, as well as Pelham and Mobile, Alabama. Each offers comprehensive support capabilities and is staffed with factory trained technicians and mobile service vehicles.