OSHKOSH, WIS. (November 11, 2008) – Oshkosh Airport Products, a division of Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK], recently introduced the new Stinger Q4™ rapid intervention vehicle (RIV). Co-developed by Oshkosh and sister company Pierce Manufacturing, the Stinger RIV features exclusive Pulse Delivery® and QuadAgent® systems to meet any airport’s rapid intervention vehicle requirements.
“The Stinger Q4 rapid intervention vehicle is a fast response vehicle that is ideally suited for smaller airports, yet is also a tremendous asset at larger facilities,” said Tim Raupp, Oshkosh Corporation Airport Products president. “With its exclusive Pulse Delivery and QuadAgent technologies, the Stinger vehicle can meet a variety of challenges, and together with the Oshkosh Striker offer customers a full-line of high performance ARFF vehicles.”
The Stinger Q4 meets Class I and II product index ratings, and is engineered to deliver best-in-class performance for aircraft rescue, firefighting, hazmat and emergency response at airports of all sizes. With its smaller size and greater maneuverability, it is ideally suited for a wide range of incidents either on or around the airfield. The Stinger Q4 is built on the Ford Super Duty F-550 chassis in either Class I or Class II configurations. Depending on the version selected, the Stinger Q4 RIV can carry 120 gal. (454 L) or 300 gal. (1136 L) of water and 200 lbs. (91 kg) or 500 lbs. (227 kg) of dry chemical agent and 120 lbs (54kg) of ASME clean agent.
“Using new systems such as QuadAgent and Pulse Delivery are the result of listening to our customers’ needs for innovative firefighting technologies with enhanced knockdown power from a greater distance,” said Raupp. “The Stinger Q4 rapid intervention vehicle is a tremendous example of Oshkosh and Pierce engineering and performance in action.”
The new Pulse Delivery technology allows firefighters to deliver dry chemical powder long distances in a truly “dry” form by producing small packets of powder within the nozzle and propelling them forward at speeds of up to mach 1. Combined with the nozzle velocity, the packets have enough force to allow the operator to cast dry chemical powder over 90 feet (27m), more than three times the current capability. Not being entrained in the water stream, the dry chemical can begin suppression the moment it arrives at the source of combustion.
The new QuadAgent technology can attack almost all types of fire with immediate fire suppression and ultimately, termination. QuadAgent allows firefighters to easily and quickly select any combination of four agents: water/foam, CAFS, dry chemical and clean agent to affect the best fire fighting solution right from the nozzle. The QuadAgent system allows for deployment of all agents to over 90 feet (27m), increasing standoff and keeping firefighters a safe distance from the fire. This unprecedented combination of innovative firefighting technologies in a uniquely maneuverable rapid intervention vehicle means airport firefighters can respond more quickly and with more power. Because the Pulse Delivery technology delivers truly dry chemicals long distance, it is among the most significant advances in firefighting agents since the introduction of foam. †Pulse Delivery® and QuadAgent® systems are registered trademarks of Advanced Fire Control Technologies, Centennial, Colo.
About Oshkosh Airport Products
The Oshkosh Airport Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is a designer and builder of industry-leading airport fire fighting 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 Pierce Manufacturing
Pierce Manufacturing, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation NYSE: OSK] company, is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, mini-pumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus. To learn more about Pierce, visit http://www.piercemfg.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 on to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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