OSHKOSH, WIS. (October 29, 2014) – Oshkosh Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), has delivered two new generation Oshkosh® Striker® Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles and one Oshkosh H-Series™ high-Speed Blower vehicle to Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota.
“We are delighted to have two new generation Striker vehicles, as well as a new H-Series High-Speed Blower, serving at this important and growing international airport,” said Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Airport Products Group vice president and general manager. “Our mission is to deliver ARFF and snow removal vehicles that are unparalleled in the industry, and backed by equally impressive training, service and support after the sale.”
ARFF services at Hector International had been provided by the adjacent North Dakota Air National Guard air base. The base no longer requires ARFF services due to its conversion to unmanned aircraft. “Due to the changes in ARFF responsibilities, we’re in the midst of a transition, and our team is getting used to operating the new equipment,” said Darren Anderson, assistant airport director at Hector International. “We’re a small, but growing, hub airport with twenty consecutive months of boarding increases. And these new pieces of Oshkosh equipment are a nice addition to our fleet.”
Hector International purchased one Oshkosh Striker 6 x 6 with a Snozzle® High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET), and a second Striker 4 x 4 with a low attack bumper turret. Both vehicles are outfitted with TAK-4® all-wheel and fully independent suspension, and a structural firefighting package with water intakes, discharges, and 200-feet of pre-connected hose available on both sides of the vehicle. “Our team is saying these new Strikers are a great leap forward in technology – from the cabs to the pumps and everything in between,” said Anderson.
Hector International also purchased an Oshkosh H-Series High-Speed Blower to augment the fleet’s existing pair of H-Series High-Speed Plows and High-Speed Brooms. “Our problem was that our previous blower couldn’t keep up with the rest of the equipment,” said Anderson. “Although I’m not anxious for winter to arrive, we’ll soon put the new H-Series to the test.”
Oshkosh dealer, Sheehan Sales & Equipment of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, provides local service and support. “They were here last week to provide training on the new blower,” said Anderson. “We’ve had a good relationship with them for quite a few years.”
Photo caption: Oshkosh has delivered two new generation Oshkosh® Striker® Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles and one Oshkosh H-Series™ high-Speed Blower vehicle to Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota.
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®, Jerr-Dan®, 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 to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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