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Polk County, Fla., Orders 10 Firefighting Vehicles

May 31, 2013

Pictured is a Pierce Velocity pumper already in service with Polk County. Photo courtesy Pierce Manufacturing.
Pictured is a Pierce Velocity pumper already in service with Polk County. Photo courtesy Pierce Manufacturing.

Polk County, Fla.’s Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) division has ordered 10 firefighting apparatus from Pierce Manufacturing. The County is purchasing five pumpers, a 100-foot Pierce Aerial Platform, a heavy-duty rescue/hazmat vehicle, and three tandem rear axle tanker/pumper vehicles.

The pumpers and aerial platform feature a forward roof cab design, according to Pierce. The pumpers are designed to fill the role of paramedic engines. Each vehicle has seating for six firefighters and has a forward facing EMS cabinet inside the cab. The pumpers feature a 450 hp DD13 engine, Pierce Command Zone electronics, and a 1,250-gpm single-stage pump.

The Velocity Aerial Platform features a 500 hp DD13 engine, independent front suspension, a 19-inch front bumper extension, a 300-gallon water tank, a 2,000-gpm single stage pump, Pierce Command Zone advanced electronics, and blue LED lighting along all three sections of the aerial.

The three Pierce tanker/pumper vehicles are built on Freightliner chassis. Each features a DD13 engine, a 2,500-gallon water tank, seating for three firefighters, and a 1,000-gpm PTO driven pump, according to Pierce.

The Pierce Velocity non-walk-in, heavy-duty rescue vehicle features a three-door cab with raised roof, seats four firefighters, and has a 21.5-ft. body with roof hatches and recessed walkways, the company stated.

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