Oregon district places big order for fire equipment (with related video)
Clackamas Fire District No.1 in Oregon has placed an order for 15 Pierce fire and emergency apparatus. The purchase includes six Pierce Dash CF custom pumpers, two Pierce Arrow XT aerial tillers, three Pierce 3,000-gallon tankers, two Pierce Type 3 wildland apparatus, one Pierce Arrow XT heavy-duty rescue, and one Pierce air-light heavy-duty rescue. Once the new vehicles are delivered, Clackamas FD #1 will be a 100-percent frontline Pierce fleet. The six new Dash CF pumpers will join two others already in service with the department.
“Having these new apparatus join our department is very good for both our community and our firefighters,” says Ryan Hari, deputy chief at Clackamas County FD #1. “They will enhance our response capabilities, and are a real morale booster – demonstrating to our employees that the community is investing not only in them but in the equipment they use to do their jobs.”
The six Pierce Dash CF pumpers each feature a Detroit Diesel DD13 470 hp engine, TAK-4 independent front suspension, and the PUC pump configuration. “We’ll soon have eight frontline Dash CF PUC pumpers,” said Chief Hari. “The outward visibility is unlike any other apparatus, and, being lower to the ground, the Dash CF offers excellent ergonomics and easy access.” Hari says the Pierce gear is user-friendly for firefighters.
The two Pierce Arrow XT 100-ft aerial tillers are designed to navigate the many narrow roads in the district’s older communities as well as the roundabouts and cul-de-sacs found in many of the newer communities. The apparatus feature TAK-4 independent suspension, Command Zone electronics, a 300-gallon water tank, a full complement of ground ladders, and blue LED lighting along the entire length of the aerial device.
Other vehicles on order include a Pierce Arrow XT heavy-duty rescue with a Detroit DD13 525 horsepower engine, TAK-4 independent front suspension and TAK-4 T3 independent suspension on the tandem rear axles for maneuverability and ride comfort. A second heavy-duty rescue vehicle is a Pierce non walk-in configuration that will refill self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air bottles on scene and also provide rehab for firefighters. It features a breathing air compressor, fill system, and high pressure reel, as well as an electric awning and a lavatory.
The pair of Pierce Type 3 wildland apparatus are built on a Freightliner M2 chassis with 4 X 4 all-wheel drive, seating for four firefighters, a 500-gpm two-stage pump, and a Pierce Husky 3 single agent foam system. The three Pierce tankers will support firefighting operations throughout the districts’ many rural areas.
Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation company, 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. Pierce builds fire and emergency apparatus of all types and capabilities.
In the video, see some of the features of the Pierce Enforcer 100-foot heavy-duty tiller. The Jacksonville, Fla., Fire & Rescue Department recently acquired the unit.