Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, has taken delivery of two new generation Oshkosh Striker Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles and one Oshkosh H-Series high-speed snow blower vehicle.
ARFF services at Hector International had previously been provided by the adjacent North Dakota Air National Guard air base. The base no longer requires ARFF services due to its conversion to unmanned aircraft. “Due to the changes in ARFF responsibilities, we’re in the midst of a transition, and our team is getting used to operating the new equipment,” said Darren Anderson, Assistant Airport Director at Hector International. “We’re a small, but growing, hub airport with twenty consecutive months of boarding increases. And these new pieces of Oshkosh equipment are a nice addition to our fleet.”
Hector International purchased one Oshkosh Striker 6 x 6 with a Snozzle High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET), and a second Striker 4 x 4 with a low attack bumper turret. Both vehicles are outfitted with TAK-4 all-wheel and fully independent suspension, and a structural firefighting package with water intakes, discharges, and 200-feet of pre-connected hose available on both sides of the vehicle. “Our team is saying these new Strikers are a great leap forward in technology – from the cabs to the pumps and everything in between,” said Mr Anderson.
Hector International also purchased an Oshkosh H-Series High-Speed Blower to augment the fleet’s existing pair of H-Series High-Speed Ploughs and High-Speed Brooms. “Our problem was that our previous blower couldn’t keep up with the rest of the equipment,” said Anderson. “Although I’m not anxious for winter to arrive, we’ll soon put the new H-Series to the test.”
Oshkosh dealer, Sheehan Sales & Equipment of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, provides local service and support. “They were here last week to provide training on the new blower,” said Anderson. “We’ve had a good relationship with them for quite a few years.