Texas fire departments snapping up new firefighting equipment (with related video)
The Irving Fire Department in Irving, Texas, has taken delivery on three Pierce Dash CF pumpers and a Dash CF 105-foot heavy-duty ladder apparatus. Pierce Manufacturing has sold the Dash CF chassis to six fire departments within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex within the past 18 months.
The recent Dash CF deliveries and current orders from the Dallas–Ft. Worth Metroplex have been occurring at a steady pace. Here are some of the Metroplex fire agencies that are recent buyers of the Pierce Manufacturing equipment. The Grand Prairie Fire Department has a 75-foot Dash CF heavy-duty aluminum ladder in service and a second on order. The Saginaw Fire Department recently took delivery of a Dash CF 105-foot heavy-duty ladder. Waxahachie Fire Department is now running a 105-foot heavy-duty ladder. Midlothian Fire Department (with an all-Dash CF frontline fleet) has recently placed into service a 100-foot aerial platform with a 70-inch cab and a low 11-foot 8-inch ride height. The Grapevine Fire Department placed a 100-foot Dash CF aerial platform into service earlier this year.
The Irving Fire Department, which placed three Pierce Dash CF pumpers with PUC pumps into service in October, is taking delivery of a Dash CF 105-foot heavy-duty ladder this month.
“Historically, the complaint has been that there’s not enough room for the driver and officer in the cab. The Dash CF has changed that and it’s one of the important reasons we went with it,” said Irving Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Tony Harvey. “The Dash CF sits lower and is very maneuverable. We have a lot of apartment buildings in Irving and our firefighters were having trouble getting into tight areas. The compactness and agility of the Dash CF is a big plus.”
Irving Fire Department’s new Pierce Dash CF 105-foot aerial ladder is a straight stick configuration that is able to carry a sizable amount of tools and rescue equipment. “On all of our Dash CF apparatus, there’s plenty of compartment space,” said Assistant Fire Chief Harvey. “In fact, we’ve got room to spare. Everything has a place, so it’s there when our firefighters need it. Being able to carry all of the equipment we need helps us to be more effective and responsive.”
“The Pierce Dash CF is cultivating a loyal following among fire departments across the U.S.,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. He listed some of the Dash CF’s plusses, including plenty of cab room and ergonomics, ride quality, and safety features.
Appleton, Wis.-based Pierce Manufacturing Inc. is a company of the Oshkosh Corporation. It is a North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, minipumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus.
In the video, Kelly Foster shows features of the Pierce Dash CF PUC rescue pumper. Foster is with the Creve Coeur Fire District in St. Louis County, Mo.