Pierce Manufacturing has secured an order from Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service for twelve fire apparatus with idle reduction technology.
APPLETON, Wis. (September 2, 2020) – Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, has secured an order for ten Pierce® Pumpers and two Heavy-Duty Rescues on Enforcer™ chassis from the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS). Sold through Pierce dealer Commercial Emergency Equipment, the apparatus incorporates Pierce’s innovative new Idle Reduction Technology. Pierce’s idle reduction technology system incorporates high-performance lithium-ion batteries, main chassis engine auto-start, and full Command Zone™ integration, allowing the apparatus to be on scene with zero air and noise pollution, while maintaining mission critical on-scene loads.
“Winnipeg is committed to reducing our environmental footprint,” said Brad Enders, Director of the WFPS Emergency Mechanical Services Branch. “We are certain idle reduction technology will help us reduce carbon emissions to contribute to a greener community.”
Since its introduction in May 2020, Pierce’s Idle Reduction Technology has addressed critical feedback from fire departments across North America to eliminate reliance on diesel engines idling on scene. As more fire departments are tasked with comprehensive climate policy compliance, the lithium-ion battery technology results in lower chassis emissions, less frequent service intervals, lower cost of ownership, less DPF buildup and reduced greenhouse gases.
In addition to Pierce’s Idle Reduction Technology, the WFPS’s new fire apparatus will be highly maneuverable and feature:
- Short 187” wheelbase
- Lightweight aluminum body
- Rescue depth compartments
- TAK-4® Independent Suspension
- Cummins L9 450 hp engine
- Pierce Command Zone electrical system
- Husky 3 foam system
- Hale QMAX-XS 1750 GPM pump
- Akron roof monitor
“I am pleased that the City of Winnipeg and other municipalities across Canada have made green initiatives a priority, and have begun selecting Pierce’s Idle Reduction Technology to support their efforts,” said Morgan MacKay, General Manager of Commercial Emergency Equipment. “Pierce’s scalable lithium-ion power package dramatically reduces on-scene air and noise pollution, and replaces the need for auxiliary diesel power generators on most fire apparatus – saving departments money and further reducing engine wear and environmental pollution.”
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba in Canada. The WFPS is an integrated service providing fire and EMS services to a population of over 750,000 residents with approximately 140,000 fire, rescue, and medical calls annually. The WFPS requires lighter and shorter fire apparatus that will easily maneuver through the city’s historic urban streets, while making as minimal of an impact on the environment as possible.
Enders continued, “Additional aspects of the idle reduction technology we find valuable include reduced fuel consumption, longer time between preventative maintenance services, and reduced maintenance expenses and apparatus down-time. An added critical benefit is improved crew safety through lower exposure to diesel exhaust and noise emissions when on an emergency scene.”
To learn more about Pierce Manufacturing, Commercial Emergency Equipment, and the new idle reduction technology, visit www.piercemfg.com.