KME unveils new engine and transmission combinations

Custom apparatus with the largest offering of horsepower

The KME 2012 FDIC featured a wide range of custom apparatus with the largest offering of horsepower and model options available to the fire service. KME apparatus features both Cummins and MaxxForce engines with ratings from 300 to 600hp. These brands also represent both urea and non-urea based technologies for emission compliance.


KME’s display included an FDIC exclusive 405hp MaxxForce 10 engine, a new rating for that model. In addition, KME had a pumper with a MaxxForce 13, 450hp 13 litre engine paired with an Allison 3000 EVS transmission. This combination offers big bore engine power with the affordability of the 3000 EVS transmission, saving customers up to $7,000.


Apparatus with both Cummins ISL and ISX engines was on display. The Cummins line offers the broadest range of models and horsepower ratings available to the fire service.


While other suppliers limit engine offerings, KME continues to offer their customers a wide range of products that bring affordability, reliability and innovation to the fire service.


KME features 123-foot AERIALCAT rear-mount ladder

The KME 2012 FDIC display featured an all-new 123’ AerialCatTM rearmount ladder being delivered to the Westfield, Indiana Fire Department. The device has an unrestricted 500lb wet/dry tip load and a 1500gpm waterway. It also brings all of the “fire service best” features found in KME’s 79’ and 109’ ladders introduced last year.


114’ horizontal reach

With a 114’ horizontal reach, even during setback building operations the higher vertical reach and longer horizontal reach allow for 37% more scrub zone of a building than the typical competitive ladders.

2.5:1 structural safety factor KME’s ladders are constructed with 110,000psi steel, the strongest in the fire service and are the only steel ladders to offer a 2.5:1 structural safety factor.


Store front blitz

KME’s unique waterway design and flow capability provide the ability to offer a “Store Front Blitz” feature. This design feature allows for the ladder to be positioned below horizontal and flow a 1500-GPM master stream above the centerline of the ladder. The tip of the ladder can be positioned inside a store front or structure and allow for a blitz interior attack with the aerial waterway.


Safe and clear climbing ladder

Special attention was given to the height and width of the ladder section dimensions. The fly section touts a fire service best height of 23.5” and 23.25” width giving personnel the security and work-space required for safe travel. In addition, the wide fly section allows for a Stokes basket to slide through the ladder and for a full width roof ladder to be stored in the fly section.


Stainless steel bolt-on egress

The ladder incorporates a new stainless steel bolt-on egress with knurled stainless steel handrails and rungs, increasing safety and reducing possible paint damage that is typical at the ladder tip. The egress is equipped with “Ladder Tip Skid Guards” on the very tip, which allow the ladder tip to slide on a roof or side of a building without getting caught on building materials.


KME unveiled new engine rescue with digital panel

The KME 2012 FDIC display featured a new engine rescue with a compact, all digital pump panel display. The unit brings together the latest technology and functionality required by today’s multi-tasking fire service.


The featured KME Engine Rescue addresses a variety of needs expressed by pump operators, mechanics and fleet services staff:


Increased storage capacity for pump and rescue equipment—All body compartments are 29” deep and full height for 496 cubic feet of storage capacity. The driver side body roof storage compartments are set-up to carry a stokes basket and a little giant ladder, both deployable from the rear of the apparatus, while still providing ample storage up top for unique equipment.


Easy access to ladders—Ladders are stored in a fully enclosed storage compartment, at frame rail height. This allows deployment at waist height for the firefighter and provides full protection for the ladder in storage.


Safe hosebed access—The primary hosebed is approximately 47” above the rear step providing access to the bed from ground level which will prevent accidents and injuries. The LDH bed is capable of holding 1000’ of 5” supply line.


Maneuverable operations—The 34” pump panel helps to achieve a 187” wheelbase which provides a short turning radius and the 31’-7” overall length is quite small given the massive storage capability.


Full pumper and rescue capability—The full height/full depth compartments on both sides bring heavy rescue storage capability while still maintaining a pumper with a 1500gpm pump, 975 gallons of water and 25 gallons of foam.


Simplified pump operations and maintenance—The all digital, touch screen pump display provides both pressure and flow readings and a central controller for all valves to minimise cost. In addition, without handles on the panel, it’s easy to access the pump for full access maintenance.


The new KME Engine Rescue was designed by the fire service for the fire service. It brings unprecedented levels of storage, safety, simplicity and functionality for all engine and rescue operations.


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