Equipment

Ascendant Heavy-Duty Aerial Ladder

Pierce Manufacturing

April 24, 2015 - Equipment

<p><em>Photo courtesy of Pierce</em></p>

The Pierce Ascendant heavy-duty aerial ladder is a highly maneuverable 107-foot steel aerial device that rides on a single rear axle configuration.

The 107-foot aerial ladder features a weight optimized design structure, high-strength steel, custom tubing, and unique gusseting that place weight and mass only where required. The aerial delivers a full 107-foot vertical reach and a 100-foot horizontal reach with an operating range from minus 10 to plus 77 degrees. Its 100-foot horizontal reach is 32 feet greater than a typical single rear axle aerial. The Pierce Ascendant is available on a wide range of Pierce custom chassis, including the Arrow XT, Velocity, Impel, and Enforcer.

Built with 100,000 psi minimal yield strength steel support elements, the all-new design features a 1500 gpm tip flow, a 750-lb. dry tip load capacity, a 35-mph wind rating, and a ¼-inch ice rating. The space-saving design allows for a capacity of 115 feet of ground ladders, 2,500 lbs. of equipment, a 500-gallon water tank, and a pump of up to 2,000 gpm.

The aerial pedestal is protected by Pierce’s E-Coat corrosion protection system (developed for Oshkosh defense vehicles) while a single set of H-style stabilizers and one rear downrigger provide support. A full complement of optional equipment is available, including LED rung lighting and breathing air at the tip.

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