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Pierce secures an order for 11 custom apparatus for Greenwood County Fire Service including 100' heavy-duty rear mount aerial tower

Pierce Manufacturing has secured an order of 11 custom apparatus for Greenwood County Fire Service in South Carolina. The new apparatus will include Pierce® pumpers, dry-side tankers, an Ascendant® 107’ aerial ladder, and Pierce 100’ heavy-duty rear mount aerial tower that will replace a fleet that averages 28 years of service.

APPLETON, Wis. (January 7, 2019) – Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, announced today that it has secured an order of 11 custom apparatus for Greenwood County Fire Service in South Carolina. The order is made up of custom apparatus including five Saber® FR pumpers, four Pierce® dry-side tankers, an Ascendant® 107’ aerial ladder, and a Pierce 100’ heavy-duty rear mount aerial tower. This monumental apparatus order for Greenwood County Fire Service has been placed in partnership with South Carolina’s exclusive Pierce dealer, Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus.

“We were in search for an apparatus provider who could supply a multi-truck order, supply and mount all of the equipment needed to stock the apparatus to NFPA guidelines, and to service the units as needed in the future,” said Steve Holmes, Fire Coordinator, Greenwood County Fire Service. “This significant apparatus order is replacing an aging fleet and equipment that averaged 28 years of service and we look forward to retiring those trucks.”

Holmes continued, “Pierce Manufacturing is recognized as a leading supplier of apparatus all across the country, and our panel of Chief officers were impressed with their product, and the reputation of Spartan Fire & Emergency Apparatus, Inc. who presented the offer. They have delivered several multi-truck orders throughout South Carolina and received excellent reviews on the entire process.”

“We were contacted after the sourcing process was already underway and it was a pleasure to show Greenwood County Fire Service officials the superior quality, wide-ranging customization options, and value offered with Pierce apparatus,” said Chris Harris, Sales Representative with Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus. “Our team was also able to assist Greenwood County with a unique financing opportunity that will allow the fire department to put all of the critical apparatus into service immediately following production completion.”

With 12 stations, operated mostly by volunteers, the Greenwood County Fire Service covers over 550 square miles of diverse topography to serve a growing population of more than 67,000 residents. The new apparatus will meet several needs across different areas of Greenwood County, including 230,000 agricultural and forestry acres and two separate industrial corridors. Rural water supply is essential to the county’s southern district where hydrants are not available and this is where the tankers will be shared. The custom Pierce pumpers will be spread throughout the county based on call volume, and they will include several special features including a Saber FR 6010 cab and chassis with seating for five, Cummins® L9 450 diesel engine, Allison® EVS 3000 automatic transmission,1,000-gallon water tank, Hale QMAX 2000 GPM pump, ladder storage in the body, Whelen® LED lighting package and more.

Over the years, a rising trend in fire and medical call volume triggered the need for a transition to a combination fire service team and support for several apparatus replacements. Greenwood County Fire Service representatives collectively made a recommendation for county officials to secure the multi-apparatus order with Pierce and Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus, as the agency recognized this as an urgent necessity for the community.

For a comprehensive review of Pierce pumpers, dry-side tankers, and Ascendant aerials, visit for specs, video, and images.
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Topics: 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 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

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