Oshkosh Subsidiary Unveils Evolution of PUC Fire Apparatus

April 10, 2008
Pierce Manufacturing Inc. unveiled its expanded line of the Pierce Ultimate Configuration

Oshkosh Corporation announced today that its subsidiary, Pierce Manufacturing Inc., North America's largest manufacturer of fire and rescue apparatus, unveiled its expanded line of the PUC -- the Pierce Ultimate Configuration -- apparatus at the Fire Department Instructor's Conference in Indianapolis. Offerings included a top mount pumper, a 75-foot aluminum aerial ladder and a Contender PUC.

"We're proud to continue to lead the fire industry with the most innovative apparatus available today," said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corporation chairman and chief executive officer. "We took a design that revolutionized the industry when it was launched in April 2007, and due to its success and industry demand have made it available in a variety of configurations that meet the needs of our customers, no matter the application."

The expanded PUC product line gives fire fighters additional options in selecting a truck that meets the specific needs of their department without making compromises. The expanded Pierce PUC product line includes:

* Top Mount PUC - takes the pump operator off the street and into an elevated position on the apparatus for better safety and visibility. Wheelbase is reduced 3 to 4 feet and offers increased safety with enclosed access steps, lowered crosslays and ease of use with true pump and roll capabilities.

* 75-foot Aluminum Ladder PUC - features 22 percent more storage space and up to a five inches shorter wheelbase than traditional 75' aluminum ladders. The PUC design lowers crosslays, provides storage for bulky items such as stokes baskets and backboards, and utilizes a simple two-step pump shift operation.

* Custom Contender PUC - allows fire departments to customize their rig cost-effectively and still obtain all the benefits of the PUC design. The Contender PUC also features a redesigned cab with more interior space for crew and equipment.