Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, sold eight Pierce Enforcer pumper fire apparatus to the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department in Jacksonville, Florida. The vehicles will be delivered beginning in September, 2014.
“We are elated to have Jacksonville Fire & Rescue select the new Pierce Enforcer chassis for this significant apparatus purchase,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “The new Enforcer–100% built at Pierce’s Appleton facilities–provides firefighters more choices, including a big block engine, Side Roll Protection, and TAK-4 independent front suspension.”
The eight Jacksonville pumpers are identically configured, and include a 194-inch wheelbase, a 400-hp ISL9 engine, seating for six firefighters, and an EMS cabinet inside the cab. The firefighting system features a 1500-gpm single stage pump, a 500-gallon water tank, two crosslays, and a total of 2,300-feet of hose (in diameters ranging from 1.75 to 5 inches). Each vehicle carries a full complement of ground ladders, and offers roomy compartments with adjustable shelves, LED strip lighting, rollup doors, and SCBA air bottle storage.
The new Pierce Enforcer (available in cab lengths of 60 or 70 inches) provides significantly more room for firefighters, and easier access to safety belts. Pierce’s industry-leading Side Roll Protection system is standard equipment. Hip, shoulder, and legroom for the driver and officer are significantly increased. The rear wall has been extended for added crew space (with a patent-pending design allowing the seats to be easily repositioned). The Enforcer also features a flat floor in the crew cab area to provide surer footing. The stair steps are low and offset to function like stairs for easier entry and exit. A one-piece wraparound windshield delivers excellent outward visibility.
In addition, the Pierce Enforcer custom chassis is available with either a medium-block engine or the Pierce-exclusive DD13 big block engine with up to 500 hp. A 50-degree cramp angle provides greater maneuverability along narrow roads, alleys and cul-de-sacs. Pierce’s legendary TAK-4 independent front suspension is available for a more confident ride.
Pierce dealer, Ten-8 Fire Equipment, Inc., of Bradenton, Florida, provides local service and support across Florida and Georgia. “At Ten-8, our mission is to provide fire departments with excellent products and unmatched service and support,” said Don Bouwer, Ten-8 Fire Equipment CEO. “We believe the overall build quality, roomy cab, and simple operation of the new Pierce Enforcer and Saber chassis make them an excellent match for many, many departments in our region.”