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OSHKOSH STRIKER 8 X 8 ON DUTY AT MINING AND PROCESSING SITE FOR CANADA’S LARGEST IRON ORE PRODUCER

OSHKOSH STRIKER 8 X 8 ON DUTY AT MINING AND PROCESSING SITE FOR CANADA’S LARGEST IRON ORE PRODUCER

 

Striker built to quickly, effectively, and safely respond to mine emergencies.

 

OSHKOSH, WIS. (January 17, 2013) Oshkosh Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), placed an Oshkosh® Striker® 8 x 8 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle into service with the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) – Canada’s largest iron ore producer– at its facilities in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Striker’s large water capacity, combined with its unmatched maneuverability and prowess in operating at heights in and around the mining operations, make it uniquely qualified for this application.

 

“With the Oshkosh Striker, we’re blazing a new trail,” said Jamie Stagg, IOC Superintendent, Emergency Services and Security. “Our engineering team evaluated a wide range of traditional fire apparatus, including aerial ladders and platforms that can operate at heights. But when we reviewed our number one fire protection priority – the mine site itself (with its rugged road and no water supply) – we decided to go with the Striker.”

 

The Oshkosh Striker is built to perform under extreme conditions, and is equipped with proprietary technologies such as the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system, triple agent firefighting capabilities and Command Zone™ advanced electronics for enhanced maneuverability, firefighting power and reliability. The Striker on duty in Labrador City features a 4,500-gallon water tank, a Snozzle® high reach extendable turret (HRET), a foam system, a dry chemical system, a structural firefighting package (with pre-connected hand lines), and a robust winterization system for temperatures that can plummet to minus 40º F.

 

The Oshkosh Striker also features the Eagle Eye™ Driver’s Enhanced Vision System (DEVS) that combines a moving map display with an infrared thermal imager for enhanced visibility and situational awareness in poor conditions. In addition, the Eagle Eye system (with its wireless data link) allows for critical information exchange – in real time – between the Striker’s crew and command center for heightened communications during an emergency.

 

“Around our processing plants, the roads are paved and have accessible fire hydrants – but then you transition to eight kilometers of gravel roads to reach the mine site,” said Stagg. “In the springtime, when the winter snows thaw, those gravel roads in and around the mine can be slippery and difficult to navigate. With rough terrain and 320-ton haul trucks the size of airplanes, the Snozzle will allow us to quickly respond to any type of emergency while keeping our Emergency Services & Security team out of the line of fire. That’s why we believe the Striker is the ideal truck for our application.”

 

“The Oshkosh Striker platform has proven itself, time and again, under the most demanding conditions, and we’re very excited to have it begin a new mining facility application with the Iron Ore Company of Canada,” said Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Corporation Airport Products vice president and general manager. “This was a true team effort with our sales management and an excellent dealer, Team Eagle.”

 

IOC is a leading Canadian producer of iron ore concentrate and iron ore pellets serving customers worldwide. The Company operates a mine, concentrator and a pelletizing plant in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as port facilities located in Sept-Îles, in the Province of Quebec. It also operates a 418-kilometer railroad that links the mine to the port. IOC has 2200 employees and its major shareholder and operator is the international mining group Rio Tinto, which has activities in more than 40 countries throughout the world.  For more information on the Iron Ore Company of Canada please visit www.ironore.ca.

 

Oshkosh Airport Products dealer Team Eagle Ltd. of Campbellford, Ontario provides local service and support.

 

Photo caption: This Oshkosh® Striker® 8 x 8 is in service at the Iron Ore Company of Canada in Labrador City. 

 

About Oshkosh Airport Products

The Oshkosh Airport Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is a designer and builder of industry-leading airport firefighting and snow removal vehicles. Its flagship Striker® Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle is on duty at some of the largest airports in the world, including Anchorage International, Chicago O’Hare International, Las Vegas International, Dallas-Fort Worth International, Dubai World Central, Beijing Capital International and Phoenix International. For more information, visit 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 Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, 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 www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

 

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

 

 

 

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