Charleston Fire Department orders three new Pierce pumpers

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Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, will be supplying the Charleston Fire Department in South Carolina. The order includes two Arrow XT pumpers and one Saber pumper. The department purchased the fire apparatus through Pierce’s dealer Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus, and delivery is expected in August 2022.

The Pierce Arrow XT pumpers feature a heavy-duty design with a short overall length of 29 feet and will be stationed in Charleston’s historic downtown district. The Saber pumper will support Charleston Fire Department’s suburban and rural service areas.

Joseph Roberts, assistant chief of technical services, Charleston Fire Department said: “The Charleston Fire Department has several fire stations built in the 1880’s and 1910 with height and length restrictions. Working with Pierce and their dealer, Spartan Fire, we were able to develop specifications for apparatus to fit into these older stations and maneuver through Charleston’s narrow historic streets. We purchased our first Pierce fire engine from Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus in 1983 and we’re confident in our continued relationship.”

The Pierce Arrow XT Pumpers will feature Arrow XT chassis, 500-gallon water tank, Hale 1500 gpm pump, Cummins L9 450 hp engine, and Side roll and frontal impact protection. Meanwhile the Pierce Saber Pumper will be built on the Saber chassis, and have a 1000-gallon water tank, Hale 1500 gpm pump, Cummins L9 450 hp engine bolted to the Allison 3000 EVS transmission

Robby Fore, president of Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus said: “We appreciate the long-standing relationship we have with the department which has a fleet made up almost entirely of Pierce vehicles. We are familiar with the challenges the department faces, including its historic fire stations and narrow city streets, and are proud to be able to provide the customized solutions and ongoing support they need to best serve the City of Charleston.”

The Charleston Fire Department serves a growing, thriving, and historic port city. The department includes four battalions from 17 fire stations with 401 personnel who responded to 21,165 calls for service in 2021 across a 134 square-mile radius. Charleston is known for its historic architecture, cobblestone streets, and oak tree-lined neighborhoods. The community requires fire apparatus with superior maneuverability for easy navigation on narrow residential and city roadways.

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