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Pierce Manufacturing will kick off the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana with announcements and new technology demonstrations at their Lucas Oil Stadium display on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 11:15 am.  

APPLETON, Wis. (April 3, 2019) – Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, will display a broad array of apparatus, new technology demonstrations, investments made in product support, and more during the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) on April 11 – 13, 2019 in Indianapolis, Ind. Pierce’s FDIC presence will exemplify the theme: Deserve Better. Serve Better. Attendees won’t be able to miss Pierce’s display located in the north end zone of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the full breadth of Pierce products and services while hearing about the latest innovations and features available in the design of fire apparatus and aftermarket offerings. Other display highlights will include, but are not limited to:

  • Pierce Situational Awareness System by Fotokite: Securing a scene is an essential factor for firefighters during on-call operations. The new Pierce Situational Awareness System by Fotokite is an actively tethered aerial device that can be deployed from any apparatus and is retrofittable with apparatus currently in service. With a focus on increased response effectiveness, this tool is the industry’s only aerial situational awareness system that tethers to the fire apparatus and hard-wires into the vehicle system – so there’s no need for a piloting license or certificate of authorization, and no battery life limitations to work around. Pierce’s indoor and outdoor FDIC booths will offer displays and periodic demonstrations to showcase how the actively tethered aerial device will enable better response times and increased situational awareness.
  • Extensive Scope of Apparatus and Service Innovations: The latest chassis designs, pump panels, aerial configurations, electrical systems, corrosion protection and carcinogen reduction will be on display allowing attendees to have a hands-on experience with Pierce’s broad scope of apparatus innovations. Pierce’s FDIC exhibit will incorporate apparatus representing regions across North America and will demonstrate many unique needs of fire departments.
  • Dealer Network and Aftermarket Services: Twenty-six dealerships strong, Pierce’s network and aftermarket services cover all of North America. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with and have their questions answered by one of the most educated and experienced sales and service teams in the world. Pierce’s aftermarket service specialists will feature product support capabilities and enhanced rapid part delivery services.

“In recent years, we’ve introduced market-disrupting apparatus that address voice of customer feedback and have set benchmarks for performance in the industry,” said Mike Dufrane, vice president of sales and marketing, Pierce Manufacturing. “Our team stands behind the belief that those in the fire service deserve a premier apparatus to serve their communities best. Pierce’s FDIC exhibit will show the breadth of innovation that spans across our product and service platforms and how these advancements have supported, and will continue to support, the unique needs of firefighters in the lifesaving work they do each day.”  

Show attendees are encouraged to attend the opening announcement taking place on Thursday, April 11th at 11:15 am (EDT) in Pierce’s central core location near the entrance of Lucas Oil Stadium (booth #8807). Also, on Friday, April 12th at 1:00 pm (EDT), the Pierce booth at Lucas Oil Stadium will host the opening ceremony for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb event. The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way for attendees to honor and remember those in the fire service community who selflessly gave their lives, so others might live. Last year, more than 700 participants paid tribute by climbing or walking the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.

“Each tribute during the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at FDIC is a remembrance of the sacrifice made by an FDNY firefighter, as climbers symbolically complete their heroic journey to save others,” Dufrane said. “It’s inspiring to see such an incredible representation of event attendees take part in supporting the NFFF each year by honoring their fallen brothers and sisters.”

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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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Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements that the Company believes to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital expenditures, debt levels and cash flows, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “should,” “project” or “plan” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

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