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Pierce Manufacturing announced that two Pierce® Velocity pumpers and a Pierce 100-foot aerial platform apparatus are now in service with the Redmond Fire Department located in Redmond, Wash. Redmond Fire Department’s fleet is now 100% Pierce apparatus.

APPLETON, Wis. (May 16, 2017) – Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, has placed two Pierce® Velocity® pumpers and a Pierce 100-foot aerial platform into service with the Redmond Fire Department located in Redmond, Wash. Following the department’s “push in” ceremony Redmond Fire Department’s fleet is 100% Pierce apparatus.

“The Redmond Fire Department responds to a wide range of challenges – everything from fire suppression and emergency medical services to wildland firefighting – and relies upon its equipment to perform at a very high level,” said Matt McLeish, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing of the Fire & Emergency segment. “We’re excited that these powerful, versatile and innovative Pierce Velocity apparatus are now on duty in the home city of Microsoft and Nintendo of America.”

“Over the course of my 35-year career in heavy equipment industries of all types, I’ve learned that the price tag is only the beginning of the cost of ownership,” said Doug Jones, Redmond Fire Department’s fleet manager for the past decade, and someone who plays a significant role in vehicle purchases. “I’ve told my colleagues that the Pierce product is superior in terms of quality, reliability, and dealer support.”

Mike Hilley is the Redmond Fire Department Medical Services Administrator, health and safety officer, and head of its EMS Division. “Our protection area is similar to other suburban departments, but it presents some unique challenges, including the wildland urban interface issue,” said Hilley. “The new Pierce Velocity engines will spend 90% of their time working the suburban neighborhoods, but they will also support wildland response throughout the county. The aerial platform will serve the city’s urban and commercial areas, including the Microsoft and Nintendo of America campuses.”

The pair of identical Pierce Velocity pumpers each feature a big block DD13 500 hp engine, TAK-4® independent front suspension, Command Zone™ advance electronics, and side roll and front impact protection systems. The vehicles offer seating for four firefighters (with a seatbelt monitoring system), a wide range of compartmentation for rescue tools and equipment, and an EMS cabinet inside the cab. Each vehicle’s firefighting system includes a 1500-GPM single-stage pump, a Husky™ 12 single agent foam system, and a 500-gallon water tank.

The Pierce 100-foot aerial platform, also built on the Velocity chassis, features the same big block DD13 500 hp engine, TAK-4 independent front suspension, Command Zone advance electronics, and side roll and front impact protection systems. The aerial platform offers a 50 mph wind rating, a five-inch waterway and 2000 gpm monitor, a wide and roomy platform basket, a Lyfe bracket rescue tool system, and LED rung lighting. Also on board is a portable compressed air foam system (in place of a full pump and tank) for quick response to car fires or similar emergencies.

All three apparatus include idle reduction technology (IRT) to reduce engine emissions, prolong engine life, and improve air quality. “At an emergency scene, IRT allows us to shut down the main engine unless we’re in pump mode,” Hilley explained. “We’ll be able to run all vehicle systems with the IRT system while a small generator charges the vehicle’s batteries.”

“Our entire community is on board with clean and green technologies,” Jones added. “The IRT system will cut down on pollution, and it is so quiet that crews hardly realize it’s running. Plus, when the little generator is running, the big expensive engine is not subject to wear. That’s another big benefit.”

Pierce dealer, Hughes Fire Equipment, with headquarters in Springfield, Oregon, provides local service and support through a full service facility in Tacoma, Wash. Visit www.hughesfire.com for more information.

Posted: May 16, 2017 9:23:23 AM by Pierce Mfg.

Topics: Press Release, Apparatus Orders

About Pierce Manufacturing
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus, including 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. Pierce markets its products through the industry’s largest and most comprehensive dealer and service network. The company enjoys a nationwide web of dealerships with over 600 certified and factory trained Service Brigade technicians and over 50 service centers. Visit piercemfg.com to learn more about Pierce.

About Oshkosh Corporation
Founded in 1917, Oshkosh Corporation is 100 years strong and continues to make a difference in people’s lives. Oshkosh brings together a unique set of integrated capabilities and diverse end markets that, when combined with the Company’s MOVE strategy and positive long-term outlook, illustrate why Oshkosh is a different integrated global industrial.  The Company is a leader in designing, manufacturing and servicing a broad range of access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency, military and specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®.

Today, Oshkosh Corporation is a Fortune 500 Company with manufacturing operations on four continents. Its products are recognized around the world for quality, durability and innovation, and can be found in more than 150 countries around the globe.  As a different integrated global industrial, Oshkosh is committed to making a difference for team members, customers, shareholders, communities and the environment. For more information, please visit oshkoshcorporation.com.

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