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Pierce Places 100TH Fire Apparatus with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue in Virginia into Active Service


APPLETON, Wis. (March, 2015) – Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, placed in service its 100th active front line fire and emergency apparatus with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue department in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The milestone was reached with the delivery of a Pierce® Velocity™ pumper vehicle.

“Fairfax County is a premier innovative Class 1 ISO rated all-hazards department that we’re proud to say has now taken delivery of over 100 Pierce apparatus,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “Tremendously gratifying, it’s also a great responsibility to be selected as the apparatus of choice for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue. It speaks volumes for Pierce and the team at Atlantic Emergency Solutions.”

“Our firefighters and paramedics value safety and reliability as our highest priorities when it comes to front-line apparatus,” said Glenn Mason, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue captain, apparatus. “Ease of operation and second-to-none maintenance support of our apparatus are equally important.”

The newest Pierce Velocity pumper for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue is equipped with a Pierce-exclusive Detroit Diesel DD13 500 hp engine, TAK-4® independent front suspension, side roll and frontal impact protection, and seating for six firefighters. The firefighting system includes a 750-gallon water tank, a 1500 GPM single stage pump, and a Husky® 3 single agent foam system with a 40-gallon foam cell.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is a combination all-hazards department consisting of a world renowned domestic and international USAR Response Team, i.e., VTF1 and USA1.  Career and volunteers provide fire suppression, technical rescue, swift water rescue, hazardous materials, and emergency medical services, including basic and advanced life support and emergency medical transportation for over one million residents. The department is comprised of nearly 1,400 uniformed men and women operating from 38 fire and rescue stations. Fire suppression personnel and paramedics work in tandem to ensure the highest level of safety and care possible for the residents of Fairfax County.

Pierce dealer, Atlantic Emergency Solutions, with headquarters in Manassas, Virginia, and 10 service centers throughout its territory, provides local service and support. For more information, visit www.atlanticemergency.com.


Photo Caption: Pierce Manufacturing placed its 100th fire and emergency apparatus into active service with the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue department in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The milestone was reached with the delivery of this Pierce® Velocity™ pumper vehicle.

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 www.piercemfg.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency, military and specialty 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 by rental companies, concrete placement and refuse businesses, fire & emergency departments, municipal and airport services and defense forces, where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount.  For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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