Pierce Aluminum Aerial Platform Vehicle Serves Regional Needs for Alberta (Canada) Fire Department

Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, announced that a Pierce 100-foot aluminum aerial platform vehicle is on duty at the Morinville Fire Department in Morinville, Alberta, located 17 miles (27km) north of Edmonton. Built on a Pierce® Quantum® chassis, this all-purpose quint vehicle is engineered to address a wide range of emergency response needs for the town of Morinville and the surrounding region.

“The Pierce aluminum aerial platform embodies advanced performance, ease of operation and built-in safety technologies,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “We are experiencing significant sales growth outside the U.S., and are excited to see this vehicle on duty in the Edmonton area to showcase Pierce’s aerial capabilities.”

“For the next 20 years, this vehicle will be a front line apparatus for our community, so it was critical that we make a choice that would serve the present and future needs of our citizens and firefighters,” said Ron Cust, Morinville Fire Department Fire Chief. “In addition to being a front line pumper and responding to aerial rescues at apartment buildings, arenas, sports complexes and an industrial park, the Pierce aluminum aerial platform is equipped to support technical rescues such as emergencies along two rivers and several lakes in our area. It plays a central and pivotal role in our department’s fire and emergency response strategies.”

The vehicle features the Pierce 100-foot aluminum platform, TAK-4® independent front suspension, seating for six firefighters, LED scene lights, and a 4-way rear vision camera. The firefighting system includes a 2,000 gpm single stage pump, Husky® 12 foam system with 30-gallon foam cell, Control Zone™ pump panel. The 3-section aluminum aerial device features LED lighting along its entire length for enhanced visibility, breathing air to the turntable and to the tip, a monitor with wireless remote control, and brackets for emergency tools.

Added Chief Cust, “We first saw the Pierce aerial platform at FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference), and we compared it to other units on display at the exposition. We developed a very tight specification and invited all the major players to respond. Pierce and their dealer delivered an excellent report and answered every question, and subsequently delivered a state-of-the-art vehicle that will enhance fire and emergency services to citizens throughout our response area. The top priorities for us are safety and drivability. Pierce answered the call with this vehicle. It has met and exceeded our expectations. Fire Chiefs from all over the region are contacting us for information. The ease of operation of the aerial itself is quite amazing – easy to control and that makes a world of difference when rescuing people off of apartment buildings or below grade rescues on one of our three rivers.”

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