US ARFF vehicle manufacturer unveils municipal offering for international market

Published:  23 June, 2015

The Oshkosh XP fire truck was unveiled at Interschutz ahead of a demo tour across the Middle East.

Constructed by Oshkosh subsidiary Pierce Manufacturing, the Oshkosh XP on show in Hanover was mounted on a Scania P360 chassis.

Built on a 4,638mm aluminium body with full-height compartments on both the driver and passenger sides, the apparatus carried a 4,000lpm pump, integrated foam system, high-pressure hose reel and a full complement of rescue tools and equipment. Additional features included roll-up doors with LED strip lighting and enclosed ladder storage.

The new XP was a far cry from the traditional American-style, custom-chassis pumper or rescue vehicle and had clearly been specifically designed for the international market.

The Scania chassis was the result of a new agreement with Oshkosh earlier in the year, which will see Scania supplying Oshkosh with certain chassis and low-emission engines.

Oshkosh vice president, international sales (fire and emergency) Tim Raupp explained at Hanover that the initial focus for the XP would be the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and parts of Latin America. ‘Our research showed that the European commercial chassis is very popular in those regions. The concept is that we’ll find a regional partner that will take our body and procure the commercial chassis from the normal source. This one here is on a Scania but it doesn’t have to be. It will work well with fire departments that are budget conscious, because obviously we will not be buying a European chassis and shipping it over to Florida where we build the body and then ship it back.’

The North American company has been highly successful in selling into the Middle East. Earlier this month it announced that it had been commissioned by Saudi Aramco to manufacture 22 heavy-duty industrial multi-purpose firefighting apparatus that are expected to enter service in mid 2016.

The vehicles will be built on a heavy-duty Pierce custom chassis, and service and support will be provided by an expanded presence in the Middle East that was announced last month.

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