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Pierce Arrow XT Equipped with Innovative and Versatile Snozzle Aerial Device on Duty in Elizabeth, N.J.

APPLETON, Wis. (November, 2014) – Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, placed a Pierce® Arrow XT™ custom firefighting apparatus, equipped with a Snozzle® High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) featuring a piercing nozzle, at the Elizabeth Fire Department located in Elizabeth, N. J. The vehicle, expected to respond to over 1,000 calls per year, will also operate as a specialized foam pumper. It joins three other Pierce Arrow XT vehicles purchased by the department within the past year.

“The tough and reliable Pierce Arrow XT, matched with the innovative Snozzle HRET, is a powerful combination for a wide range of emergency responses,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “The fast set-up time and penetrating nozzle technology allow firefighters to quickly discharge more extinguishing agent directly where it is needed – while keeping them farther out of harm’s way.”

Elizabeth FD also purchased a Ford F-450 utility vehicle that carries a 1,000-pound dry chemical system to supply dry chemical powder to the Snozzle apparatus. Additionally, in the past year, the department purchased three Pierce Arrow XT vehicles including a stock pumper, a 2,000-gpm pumper, and a 100-foot aerial ladder.
In addition to industrial, commercial, and residential areas, the Elizabeth Fire Department’s protection district includes portions of Newark International Airport as well as a major portion of the largest container seaport on the East Coast. The Snozzle is a versatile device that operates above or below grade, and can pierce a shipping container. When operating as a foam pumper, the apparatus will enhance the fire department’s foam-making capabilities.

Built on the Arrow XT chassis with dual rear axles, the Snozzle-equipped vehicle sports a 500-hp engine, five-speed pushbutton transmission, and a Command Zone™ advance electronics system. The 10-inch raised roof cab provides seating for six firefighters, includes a pair of forward facing EMS cabinets, and is equipped with Pierce’s front impact and side roll protection systems. The vehicle also features a 750-gallon water tank, dual deck guns, a 2,000-gpm pump, a Husky® 60 foam system, a Hydrochem nozzle, and a 300-gallon foam cell.

The Pierce-exclusive Snozzle HRET, with a hardened carbide steel tip and a perforated nozzle, enables firefighters to penetrate virtually any material in a building, cargo container, or other structure. Its ability to discharge from 20 feet below grade to elevations as high as 65 feet gives the apparatus maximum versatility. Click here ( to watch a walk-around video of the apparatus.
Established 350 years ago, the City of Elizabeth is New Jersey’s birthplace and, today, is a hub for transportation, shipping, and industrial and retail businesses. The first fire company in Elizabeth (Protection Engine Co. 1) was established in 1789. Today, the Elizabeth Fire Department is comprised of 269 firefighters and more than 50 EMS personnel.

Pierce dealer, Fire & Safety Services of South Plainview, N.J., provides local service and support through its full service facilities and seven trained mechanics.

Photo Caption: Pierce has placed a Pierce® Arrow XT™ custom firefighting apparatus equipped with a Snozzle High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) at the Elizabeth Fire Department located in Elizabeth, N. J. (Photo credit: Gary Haszko.)

About Pierce Manufacturing
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is the leading 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. 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
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, please visit to

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