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Airport Fire Unit Gets Cool New Tools
By DeAllous Smith

What is yellow and black, can hit top speed of 70 mph and make it to an emergency in less than three minutes? Why, that would be any one of the Airport’s 10 new firefighting trucks.

This year, the Airport’s Atlanta Fire Department unit will begin phasing out its current fleet of emergency response trucks, which have reached their 10-15 year life span, and begin operating 10 newly customized Oshkosh Striker 3000 trucks.

With five fire stations strategically surrounding the world’s busiest airport, each facility will receive two Strikers. Each truck carries up to 3,000 gallons of water, 420 gallons of foam and provide unobstructed panoramic views of the scene.

“The new Strikers reflect advancements in technology that will continue to ensure a safer environment for employees and travelers during emergency situations,” said Assistant Fire Chief Harold Miller. “We are still able to arrive anywhere on the airfield and disperse chemical agents in three minutes or less.”

Strikers contain a unique independent suspension system that reduces stopping distance. Each truck accelerates from 0 to 50 mph in 35 seconds.

“Our ultimate objective was to obtain a new generation of trucks that delivered superior results and fast reliable service which was second to none,” added Miller. “We met this goal with the Strikers.”

© 2007 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. All rights reserved.


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Airport Fire Unit Gets Cool New Tools
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