Pierce Manufacturing Inc has placed a pair of Pierce® Quantum® quint 105-foot heavy-duty aerial ladders into service with the Oshkosh Fire Department in Oshkosh, Wis. The apparatus feature TAK-4® independent front suspension and the TAK-4 T3™ steering system, combining mechanical rear steering with a fully independent rear suspension for unmatched maneuverability, ride quality, traction, and stability.
“With the advent of our TAK-4 T3 steering system, we’ve set a new benchmark for performance, control, and fire-fighter comfort,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation Executive Vice President and President of the Fire & Emergency segment and Pierce Manufacturing. “It’s engineered for military-grade strength, and is the perfect complement for heavier apparatus. We’re very excited to have these aerial trucks equipped with TAK-4 T3 on duty in the fire department of our parent company’s namesake hometown.”
“These new Quantum quint vehicles respond as both engines and ladder trucks, and we put a lot of miles on them over some very rough and narrow streets,” said Tim Franz, Fire Chief at the Oshkosh Fire Department in Oshkosh, Wis. “The turning radius is excellent, and the handling is equally impressive. We notice a big difference when driving over railroad tracks and negotiating tight 90-degree turns. Even when pulling out of the station, we don’t get the twist and body roll we normally experience with a straight axle truck. It’s pretty amazing.”
Each of the identical pair of Quantum aerial ladders are equipped with a Detroit DD13 500 hp engine and a Command Zone™ advanced electronics and control system. The vehicles feature a GVW rating of 74,800 lbs. and the tandem rear axles carry a GAWR rating of 52,000 lbs. The cab includes seating for four fire-fighters, a forward facing EMS compartment, and frontal impact and side roll protection systems.
The four-section, 105-foot aerial device includes remote tip controls, a 2-way intercom, a LyfePulley rescue system, and LED rung lighting. The fire-fighting system includes a 1,500-gpm single stage PUC pump, a 500-gallon water tank, and low mount crosslays.
“Our purchasing committee specified all aspects of the vehicles, and we went with the Quantum chassis as our fire-fighters appreciate the room in the cab and overall handling” Franz explained. “We’ve heard nothing but positive feedback on our new quints, and that’s a big deal. Our fire-fighters are really happy with them.”

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