OSHKOSH, WIS. (October 4, 2010) – Oshkosh Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), today announced that two Oshkosh® Striker® 4500 aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles have been placed into service at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, Calif. A third Striker 4500 is scheduled for delivery later this month.
“It is very gratifying to see a prominent airport like San Francisco International transition its frontline ARFF fleet to the Oshkosh Striker and our largest model – the 4500,” said Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Corporation Airport Products vice president and general manager. “The industry is changing to meet new challenges, and the Striker is engineered to enable firefighters to perform at a high level. We couldn’t be more pleased.”
“As SFO awaits the arrival of the A380, we needed to complement our ARFF fleet to address the emergency response requirements of larger aircraft,” said David Sullivan, Assistant Deputy Chief for the San Francisco Fire Department at San Francisco International Airport. “The increased water capacity, triple agent capability and 65-foot high reach extendable turrets on the new vehicles help address those needs.”
The Striker 4500 model offers an 8x8 all-wheel-drive axle configuration and proprietary technologies such as TAK-4® independent suspension, triple agent firefighting capabilities and Command Zone™ advanced electronics for enhanced maneuverability, firefighting power and reliability. Other features include a 4,500-gallon (17,033 L) water capacity, 630-gallon (2385 L) foam capacity, roof turret and six under truck nozzles. The San Francisco Striker vehicles also feature a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system, low attack bumper turret, rear axle steering and a 65-foot (19.8 M) high reach extendable turret with a piercing tip.
The Oshkosh Striker 4500 is on duty at some of the largest airports in the world, including Anchorage International, Las Vegas International, Dallas-Fort Worth International, Dubai World Central, and Phoenix International.
San Francisco International is the second busiest airport in California and the 10th busiest in the United States. The airport was voted second Best International Airport in North America by an independent research organization.
Photo caption: This Oshkosh® Striker® 4500 ARFF vehicle is one of two recently placed into service at San Francisco International airport in San Francisco, Calif. A third is scheduled for delivery later this month.
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 and Oshkosh® H-Series™ snow removal chassis are known for their durability and superior performance and sold throughout the world. 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®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, 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, 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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