KME Fire Apparatus recently announced the delivery of 20 KME custom pumpers to the Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department (LACoFD).
The new trucks will join hundreds of KME apparatus currently in service at the LACoFD. The custom pumpers are built on KME’s Severe Service™ cab and chassis. The Severe Service chassis was engineered in conjunction with the fire service and designed for use in extreme conditions. KME’s Severe Service chassis have been subjected to high volume use with over a million miles of real world testing.
Each of the 20 new LACoFD custom pumpers includes:
- 175-inch wheelbase for tight turning radius.
- 500-hp engine and an air ride suspension for improved vehicle ride and handling.
- 1,500-gpm midship pump and a 250-gpm auxiliary pump for pump-and-roll operations.
- 500-gallon water tank and 25 gallons of Class A foam feeding the onboard direct-injection foam system.
- KME Lock-N-Load™ hosebed cover, which provides a strong aluminum tread plate working surface that can easily and safely be lifted for hose repacking with a short raised height for operations in low clearance stations.
LACoFD has recently awarded KME another order for nine custom pumpers and one tractor-drawn aerial. This purchase includes a contract provision for fire departments nationwide, allowing a “tag-on” of the contract to take advantage of the pricing until May 31, 2018. Departments that “tag-on” to the contract pricing receive:
- Price justification with a baseline specification and pricing obtained through a public competitive process.
- Ability to modify the configuration to meet the needs of the department’s unique operating conditions.
- Consistent pricing for new orders through May 31, 2018.
- Excluded purchasing administration costs for most, which can be substantial for public bids.