Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, is supplying 15 Pierce® commercial pumper vehicles to Ontario First Nations communities throughout the province of Ontario. The Ontario First Nations’ Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC), whose mission includes technical advisory services for all 134 of the Ontario First Nations, purchased the vehicles. Eleven have been placed into service, and the remaining four will travel to more isolated communities this winter after ice roads are opened. All 15 trucks were delivered to the province in less than two months.
“These are remote and, in some cases, extremely isolated communities where the only way in is by float plane,” said Eugene McPherson, Fire Prevention Officer and President of the Ontario Native Fire Fighters Society. “Many of our First Nations communities have never had a new fire truck, and, quite frankly, these vehicles can mean the difference between life and death. The arrivals of the trucks are celebrated events, as they help ensure the safety of these communities.”
“Every new Pierce fire truck has an interesting story of its own, and these 15 pumpers being placed into service throughout northern Ontario are certainly no exception,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “Pierce’s extensive stock vehicles program, along with our dealer’s expertise, helped us meet the needs of the OFNTSC and the individual departments. We are happy to see these trucks in their new homes.”
The Pierce® pumpers are built on a variety of commercial chassis, with a mix of top mount and side control pump panel configurations. Each vehicle features seating for at least two firefighters, automatic transmission, 1,000-gallon water tank, 1,250-gpm pump, winter package pump compartments, hard suction hose, and a complement of ground ladders.
The OFNTSC was established in 1995 to provide expert technical advisory services to the First Nations of Ontario. At that time, it was the first aboriginal organization in Canada mandated to provide professional technical and advisory services to First Nations communities and foster their technical self-reliance. The OFNTSC represents all 134 First Nations in Ontario, including 16 Tribal Councils, six large First Nations and 18 unaffiliated First Nations.
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, minipumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus. To learn more about Pierce, visit www.piercemfg.com.