OSHKOSH, WIS. (October 3, 2008) – The Oshkosh Fire & Emergency Group, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) division, announced today that it has named Fire Raiders Ltd. of South Africa as its sales and service distributor for South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Nigeria. Fire Raiders will offer complete sales, service and support for Oshkosh® airport products including the Striker® aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) truck, as well as the complete line of Pierce® fire and emergency apparatus. Fire Raiders is the largest distributor of fire safety equipment in Southern Africa and is expanding throughout the continent in various countries.
“We are pleased to have Fire Raiders join our worldwide network of sales, service and support organizations,” said Wilson Jones, executive vice president and president of the Oshkosh Corporation Fire & Emergency segment. “Their well-deserved reputation for outstanding service, support and commitment to training will be a tremendous asset as we continue to sell and service Oshkosh fire and emergency vehicles on the African continent.”
“Fire Raiders continues to expand by providing our customers with innovative, high performance and reliable products. The Oshkosh and Pierce brands are a perfect addition to our portfolio and to expanding our coverage across the continent,” said Trevor Fiford, Fire Raiders managing director.
The Oshkosh Striker crash tender vehicle is available in 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 configurations and can carry up to 17,033 L of water and 2,385 L of foam, plus available dry chemical system or a Halotron I system. Customers can also opt for a High Reach Extendable Turrert (HRET) as well as a high volume bumper turret. The Striker is in service at leading airports around the globe, including China’s Beijing Capital International, Dubai’s Al Maktoum International and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International.
About Fire Raiders
With a myriad of specialized products and services, Fire Raiders reaches out to the African Fire, Rescue, Hazmat and Disaster Management community with professional consultation and expert training services, specialized wildfire equipment sales, emergency vehicle sales and service, technical emergency support products including communications systems along with complete warranty maintenance programs. For more information on Fire Raiders Ltd. visit: www.fireraiders.co.za
Fire & Emergency Group
Known for safety, quality and leading-edge technology, the Oshkosh Corporation Fire and Emergency Group designs and manufactures a full line of fire apparatus, mobile medical, broadcast communications, recovery and homeland security vehicles. Brands under the F&E Group include: Pierce®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, BAI®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™ and SMIT™. To learn more about Pierce vehicles, visit www.piercemfg.com For more information on Oshkosh airport vehicles, log on to www.oshkoshairport.com.
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 Corp. manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, BAI®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, Geesink™, Norba™, Kiggen™, 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 log onto www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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