Oshkosh Airport Products Group has placed four new generation Oshkosh Striker aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles in service at airports across southeastern Mexico. The company says the most recent, in December 2014, is an Oshkosh Striker 6 x 6 ARFF vehicle outfitted with a Snozzle high-reach extendable turret (HRET) for Cancun International Airport on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Other airports receiving a new Striker include Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport in Mérida, Cozumel International Airport, and Veracruz International Airport. The vehicles were purchased by Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste de C.V. (ASUR), a major airport operator in Mexico.
“We are extremely proud to have new generation Oshkosh Striker vehicles selected by ASUR for frontline duty at four of its key airports across southeastern Mexico – including Cancun International,” said Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Airport Products Group vice president and general manager. “It illustrates the ever-increasing popularity of the Striker ARFF brand in Mexico and throughout Latin America. The Striker is a proven, state-of-the-art emergency response vehicle, and an excellent match for these airports.”
The vehicle for Cancun International features a 6 x 6 axle configuration, with Oshkosh TAK-4 all-wheel independent suspension. The firefighting system includes a 3,000-US gallon (11,356-litre) water tank, a 420-US gallon (1590-litre) foam cell, and a 550-lb (249kg) dry chemical system for multiple agent fire suppression capabilities.
The Oshkosh Snozzle HRET – equipped with a hardened carbide steel tip, a perforated nozzle, and a forward-looking infrared camera, enables firefighters to discharge from 20ft (6.1m) below grade to elevations as high as 65ft (19.8m). The Striker’s engine power pack components are readily accessed through walk-in doors on either side of the engine compartment for easier servicing.