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KCIA first airport in America to procure Striker Volterra hybrid electric ARFF

By Oshkosh Airport Products   

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June 22, 2023, Appleton, Wis. – Oshkosh Airport Products has announced King County International Airport-Boeing Field (KCIA) has signed a purchase agreement for the revolutionary Striker Volterra 6×6 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) hybrid electric vehicle.

KCIA will be the first airport in the nation to receive this environmentally advanced fire engine, adding to its existing Oshkosh Airport Products fleet and allowing for the retirement of aging fire apparatus.

Leveraging Oshkosh Corporation’s cutting-edge proprietary technology, the Striker Volterra ARFF hybrid electric vehicle meets the critical emergency response requirements of airports while aligning with environmental sustainability goals.

The Striker Volterra 6×6 comes equipped with an Oshkosh patented hybrid-electric drivetrain, featuring an electro-mechanical infinitely variable transmission. This enables zero-emissions operation through integrated onboard batteries and uninterrupted power supply by coupling with the internal combustion engine for pumping and drive systems.

KCIA’s new Striker Volterra 6×6 will feature an industry-leading modular cab design, TAK-4 all-wheel independent suspension, and a 50-inch Snozzle High Reach Extendable Turret. With a seating capacity for four, it’s powered by a Scania DC13 engine coupled with an Oshkosh power divider.

It houses a 3,000-gallon water tank, 420-gallon foam tank, and a 2,000 gpm water pump, along with a 550-pound dry chemical powder system. Accelerating from zero to 50 miles per hour in under 25 seconds, the Striker Volterra demonstrates a 28 per cent improved acceleration compared to standard diesel models when fully loaded.

KCIA emergency personnel hold unique combined roles by maintaining certification and training as commissioned police officers, Washington State Firefighter I and II certifications and ARFF training, and Emergency Medical Technician certification – with all performing aircraft rescue and firefighting, law enforcement, and airport safety inspections.

The airport is expected to take delivery of its new Striker Volterra ARFF in mid-2024.

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