South Metro Fire Rescue and Centennial Airport Upgrade Fleet with Two Oshkosh Striker 4×4 ARFF Vehicles

posted on 18th October 2023 by Eddie Saunders
South Metro Fire Rescue and Centennial Airport Upgrade Fleet with Two Oshkosh Striker 4x4 ARFF Vehicles

Oshkosh Airport Products, a division of Pierce Manufacturing Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation, announces South Metro Fire Rescue and Centennial Airport in Colorado have bolstered aircraft emergency response capabilities with the addition of two Oshkosh Striker 4×4 ARFF vehicles.

Sold through Front Range Fire Apparatus, the fleet upgrade marks a partnership where South Metro Fire Rescue and Centennial Airport jointly financed the new trucks. Dubbed “Red 1” and “Red 2” and nicknamed Shrek and Fiona, these state-of-the-art vehicles are painted a striking green hue, a color recommended but not mandatory by the FAA – in preparation for any future regulatory adjustments.

“This fleet upgrade represents more than just advanced resources for our team, said Scott Richardson, division chief at South Metro Fire Rescue.

“They also symbolize our unwavering commitment to ensuring the highest level of safety at the airport and the surrounding community.”

Features of the new Striker 4×4 ARFF vehicles include:

  • Scania V8 670 hp Tier 4F engine
  • Water capacity: 1,500 gallons (5,678 liters)
  • Foam capacity: 210 gallons (794 liters)
  • Dry chemical capacity: 500 pounds (226 kg)
  • Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension
  • FLIR camera for enhanced visibility with 360-degree imaging
  • Bumper and roof turret for advanced operations
  • Battery-powered extrication tools, fans, and saws – eliminating the need for a gasoline generator

Chief Richardson added, “The cutting-edge features on these ARFF vehicles allow for a more efficient and effective way of doing things with one of the best updates including an infrared thermal imaging camera.

“This allows for 360-degree imaging visibility which is almost like night vision. Additionally, we are using lithium-ion batteries for all of our equipment, so we don’t have to use gasoline generators around an aircraft or potential aircraft fire.”