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Ascendant® 100' Heavy-Duty Aerial Tower


Maximized maneuverability, drivability, operability, and serviceability. 

In the market for a mid- or rear-mounted tower? Take a look at the new Pierce® Ascendant® 100' Heavy-Duty Aerial Tower with its market disrupting maneuverability, drivability, operability, and serviceability.

Reaching heights of 100' vertically and 93' horizontally, the Ascendant 100' Aerial Tower packages a 5-section heavy-duty steel tower onto a vehicle with a low overall height of 10'8" and length of only 41’3” with a rear overhang of a rear-mount that minimizes tail-swing, it offers superior maneuverability and greater visibility.

The Ascendant 100' Aerial Tower is available on a variety of custom chassis and body styles to meet your department’s needs. Its integrated ground pads eliminate time spent throwing ground pads, so setup is streamlined and faster than any other aerial on the market. Configured as shown with a rear axle rating of only 48,000 lb, it outperforms with a 1,000 lb tip load capacity, up to 20-degree below grade operation, and a below grade 50-degree scrub area. All of this is accomplished at a mere 20' set-back from the building.


Custom Chassis Choices

Arrow XT™, Velocity®

Ladder Reach

100' vertical, 93' horizontal

Operating Range

-20° to 77°

Payload Capacity

1,000 lb dry/ 500 lb wet

Wind & Ice Ratings

Up to 35 mph winds & 1/4" of ice

Flow Capacity

2,000 gpm


1 set of H-style & 4 downriggers

Stabilizer Spread


Rear Axle



Up to 300 gallons

Pump Range

Waterous, Hale, Darley Midship

Hosebed Capacity

800' of 5"

Ladder Complement

Minimum of 170'

Vehicle Configurations

Quint, No Pump No Tank - a true truck company configuration

Structural Ladder Warranty

20 yr


Issued & pending

Features Gallery

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    Shorter wheelbase & rear overhang
    The Ascendant 100’ Aerial Tower is smaller, shorter, lighter and more maneuverable. The lower center of gravity makes the vehicle feel more stable and easier to drive.
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    Superior scrub area coverage
    At a mere 20’ set-back from the building, the Ascendant 100’ Aerial Tower can operate without sacrificing scrub area.
  • Pierce-Ascendant-Aerial-Tower_Low-Overall-Travel-Height.png
    Lower overall travel height
    The low travel height helps reduce concerns with low overpasses and overhanging branches in residential areas and can allow for the apparatus to fit in smaller station bay doors.
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    Smart Compartmentation
    With a 2,500 lb equipment allowance, 800’ of 5” hose storage in the hosebed, and a minimum of 170’ ground ladder storage, ample storing options are available to meet your department needs.
  • Pierce-Ascendant-Aerial-Tower_6-stabilizer-design.png
    Six stabilizers
    The 2 front downriggers, 2 rear downriggers and a single set of H-style stabilizers allow greater setup capability on uneven surfaces and sloped terrains, in addition to continuous side-to-side aerial sweep in below grade operation. Short-jack in congested areas with a mere 13’ stabilizer spread.
  • Pierce-Ascendant-Aerial-Tower_Integrated-Ground-Pads.png
    Integrated ground pads
    The ground pads are permanently attached to each of the 6 stabilizer footpads. This shortens setup time by eliminating the need to manually place ground pads, promotes safety, assuring that the ground pads are used during operation, and provides stability during aerial operation.
  • Pierce-Ascendant-Aerial-Tower_Enhanced-Driver-Forward-Visibility.png
    Enhanced driver visibility
    Concern of crushing the bucket on corner mounted street poles is eliminated with the Ascendant 100’ Aerial Tower. There is no bucket hanging ahead of the cab blocking the view.
  • Pierce-Ascendant-Aerial-Tower_Flowing_Fire-Suppression_2000gpm-flow.png
    Fire Suppression
    Flow more water with greater knock-down power. The dual monitors are capable of flowing water at the rate of up to 2,000 gpm. The monitor can have unlimited horizontal nozzle sweep and vertical nozzle sweep of 45° above horizontal.
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    Below grade operation
    The Ascendant Aerial Tower has an impressive below grade range of up to -20 degree below ground level.
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    Set-up on varying grades
    The Ascendant is designed to be operated on either an uphill or downhill slope while meeting all NFPA stability requirements.
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    Field of vision from turntable pedestal
    With the turntable positioned higher behind the cab, it increases visibility down the entire ladder while stowed and deployed.
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    Turntable location
    Mid-mount aerial towers are generally easier to spot and position on the fire ground. With the turntable positioned behind the cab, it is easier for the driver to align the center of the turntable with a point on the building when approaching and setting up at the fire scene. This also allows for closer positioning of support vehicles on the fire ground.
  • Pierce-Ascendant-Aerial-Tower_5-section-easy-grab-handrails-1.png
    5-section steel aerial device with easy grip handrails
    The compact 5-section, heavy-duty 100K psi high-strength ladder enables easier operation in confined space requirements at the fire scene. The T-shaped handrails provide an easier gripping surface to climb with a gloved hand.
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    Basket accessible from ground at full retraction
    The Ascendant Aerial Tower provides direct access to the
    basket from the ground at full retraction to allow work to be done in tight spaces.
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    Easy engine serviceability
    The cab can be easily titled for normal engine compartment service with no obstruction presented by the aerial device.

Aerial Platform

Designed using 100K psi high-strength steel, the 4-person, 1,000 lb dry tip load, ergonomic basket has chamfered front corners, dual monitors, and is easily accessible from the ground.

  • 5-section heavy-duty high strength steel ladder sections
  • Innovative gusset design 
  • 4-person ergonomically designed platform basket
  • 150 lb additional equipment allowance at tip
  • Chamfered front corners
  • Dual swing-in doors
  • Dual monitors up to 2,000 gpm
  • Side-mounted waterway
  • Below grade operation (-20⁰)
  • Smoother and quicker deployment speeds


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