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Elizabeth fire department in New Jersey orders seven custom pierce fire apparatus

Elizabeth Fire Department’s new apparatus will replace old and out-of-service units to better equip the department for current and future emergency call volume.

APPLETON, Wis. Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced Elizabeth Fire Department in New Jersey has placed an order for seven custom Pierce fire apparatus, including two Arrow XT™ pumpers, a 100’ Heavy- Duty Rear Mount Aerial Ladder, two Walk-In Heavy-Duty Rescues, a Non-Walk-In Heavy-Duty Rescue tactical response unit, and a Walk-In Heavy-Duty Rescue special operations vehicle. The new fire apparatus purchase was conducted through Pierce dealer, Fire and Safety Services, and is part of a fleet replacement initiative to both upgrade current vehicles and replace some out-of-service units to best equip the department’s seven firehouses with the management of increasing emergency call volume.


The Elizabeth Fire Department in New Jersey will upgrade its fleet with seven new custom Pierce fire apparatus.

“When selecting and designing new fire apparatus, our department looks for safety, reliability, fleet continuity, sole-source manufacturing, and rugged construction which can stand up to our community’s varying terrain,” said Salvatore J. Barraco, chief of the Elizabeth Fire Department. “Adding new fire apparatus to our frontline fleet was a primary focus, but the opportunity to remove some older units and place them into reserve status was a huge benefit.”

Elizabeth Fire Department’s new fire apparatus will feature:

Pierce Arrow XT Pumpers

  • Arrow XT chassis
  • Cummins L9 450 hp engine
  • 700-gallon water tank
  • 2000 gpm single-stage pump
  • Husky™ 3 foam system
  • Low overall height of 10’11”

100’ Heavy-Duty Rear-Mount Aerial Ladder

  • Arrow XT chassis
  • Cummins X12 500 hp engine
  • 8 kw generator
  • Low overall height of 11’1”
  • 100’ heavy-duty aerial
  • 500 lb tip load and short outrigger stance
  • 207’ of ground ladders
  • Extended torque box

Walk-In Heavy-Duty Rescue 1

  • Arrow XT chassis with 46” two-door cab
  • Cummins X15 500 hp engine
  • 25.5’ walk-in rescue body
  • Low overall height of 10’10”
  • Multiplex electrical system
  • Harrison 20 kw generator
  • Front and rear winches, multiple hitch receivers, and rope anchor points
  • 48’ of ground ladders

Walk-In Heavy-Duty Rescue 2

  • Arrow XT chassis with 67” cab
  • Cummins X12 500 hp engine
  • 23.5’ walk-in rescue body
  • Low overall height of 10’8”
  • Harrison 20 kw generator
  • Front winch

Non-Walk-In Heavy-Duty Rescue Tactical Response Unit

  • Freightliner M2-107 4x4 chassis
  • 16’ EncoreÒ rescue body
  • Cummins L9 360 hp engine
  • Low overall height of 10’7”
  • Front winch

Walk-In Heavy-Duty Rescue Special Operations Vehicle

  • Arrow XT 6x6 chassis with 57” cab
  • 23.5’ walk-in rescue body
  • Cummins L9 450 hp engine (with engine brake)
  • Low overall height of 10’11”
  • Custom interior body storage for trench rescue equipment
  • Onan 10 kw diesel generator

“Pierce Manufacturing and the Fire and Safety Services team has worked with the Elizabeth Fire Department for many years with sales, parts, and service support,” said Gregg Cariddi, sales representative with Fire and Safety Services. “We’ve appreciated having the opportunity to work collaboratively to analyze the department’s unique needs and help select the most advanced fire apparatus to best support each critical mission they may encounter. Our team looks forward to continuing to build our relationship and providing dedicated service support for many years to come.”

The city of Elizabeth encompasses a population of over 135,000 people, with a wide range of street types and terrain, including residential and mixed-use roads, county highways, state and interstate highways, industrial roadways, marine shipping terminal roadways, airport grounds and more. The Elizabeth Fire Department operates seven fire stations with 276 personnel and responds to over 22,000 calls per year. The department’s fleet requires the use of heavy-duty fire apparatus that supports the varying type and volume of daily operations and specialty tasks, including technical rescue incidents.

Chief Barraco added, “As part of the Metro Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Strike Team, which consists of multiple New Jersey fire departments and other emergency services divisions working together, our spectrum of emergency service calls is broad. Our fire apparatus must support our daily operations and specialty tasks.”

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About Pierce Manufacturing

Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, mini pumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus. To learn more about Pierce, visit

About Oshkosh Corporation

At Oshkosh, we make innovative, mission-critical equipment to help everyday heroes advance communities around the world. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Oshkosh Corporation employs approximately 15,000 team members worldwide, all united behind a common cause: to make a difference in people’s lives. Oshkosh products can be found in more than 150 countries under the brands of JLG®, Pierce®, Oshkosh® Defense, McNeilus®, IMT®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, Oshkosh® Airport Products, London™ and Pratt Miller. For more information, visit

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