Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, introduced all-new Pierce Ascendant aerial apparatus configurations, including a 107-foot tandem rear axle aerial ladder, a 107-foot tractor drawn aerial, and a 110-foot single rear axle quint aerial platform. The company showcased the new configurations at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Pierce Ascendant 110-foot single rear axle aerial platform features a 110-foot vertical reach and a 90-foot horizontal reach. The platform achieves the same tip load capacities as the Ascendant aerial ladders, while the ergonomically designed, three-person basket is rated to carry 100 lbs. of additional equipment. A single monitor located at the fly section can flow up to 1250 gallons per minute (gpm). The Pierce Ascendant 110-foot aerial platform is also available in a tandem rear axle configuration.
The Pierce Ascendant 107-foot aerial ladder is available in single rear axle as well as an all-new tandem rear axle configuration. Manufactured using heavy-duty steel, both feature tip load capacities of 750 lbs. (dry) and 500 lbs. (wet), a 100-lb. additional equipment allowance at the tip, and 1500 gpm flow. Other features include a replaceable egress, e-coated torque box and stabilizers, and an operational range from -10 degrees to 77 degrees.
The all-new Pierce Ascendant heavy-duty 107-foot tractor-drawn aerial achieves the same operational range and capacities of the Ascendant 107-foot heavy-duty ladder. The apparatus is highly maneuverable, with a jack-knife angle of up to 60 degrees, and utilizes a single set of H-style stabilizers with a 17-foot jack-spread.
All Pierce Ascendant Class aerial apparatus feature a weight optimized design structure that places weight and mass only where required. The Pierce Ascendant Class of aerial apparatus is available on a wide range of custom chassis, including the Arrow XT, Velocity, Impel, Enforcer, and Quantum.