Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announces the sale of nine Pierce® Enforcer™ apparatus to Horry County Fire Rescue located in Conway, South Carolina. The purchase includes eight Pierce Enforcer pumpers and one Pierce Ascendant™ aerial ladder. The apparatus – purchased through a national cooperative purchasing organisation – will be delivered in 2017.
“Horry County Fire Rescue is an excellent department, responsible for one of the largest and most diverse fire protection districts in the southeast, and we’re honored to be selected by them,” said Matt McLeish, Pierce Manufacturing Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. “The Enforcer chassis continues to grow sales and increase market share due to the value and versatility it represents. The chassis is an outstanding choice to meet the needs of this department and the communities it serves.”
“With these new Enforcer apparatus, we are well into the process of standardising our fleet, to develop vehicles as similar as possible for our fire-fighters and maintenance personnel,” said Joey Tanner, Fire Chief for Horry County Fire Rescue. “Pierce’s quality and safety technologies are among the reasons we went with them. We obtained the apparatus through FireRescue GPO purchasing cooperative, which enabled us to better evaluate our department’s needs and then determine the manufacturer who can best meet our requirements.”
The eight Pierce Enforcer engines each feature seating for five fire-fighters and full height compartments with ladder storage through the body. The upper portion of the vehicles’ passenger side compartments can be converted from standard rescue equipment compartmentation to portable drop tank storage, a versatility that enables urban and rural applications. Each vehicle’s fire-fighting system includes a 1500-GPM single-stage pump, a Husky™ 3 single agent foam system, a 1,000-gallon water tank, and a 22-inch front bumper extension containing 150-feet of 1.75-inch hose.
The Ascendant® 107-foot single rear axle aerial ladder is the most popular new aerial apparatus in Pierce’s history. The aerial delivers a full 107-foot vertical reach and a 100-foot horizontal reach with a below grade operation of -10º. Its 100-foot horizontal reach is an astounding 32 feet greater than a typical single rear axle aerial.
“We really like the new Ascendant – with its single rear axle, it can manoeuvre into areas where a tandem axle simply can’t go due to size and weight restrictions, and that’s going to be a game changer for our fire-fighters,” added Chief Tanner. “We’re used to having 75-footers in our fleet, and now we’ll have an extra 32 feet of reach for a similar investment. That’s what I call a win-win for everybody.”