Edwards Fire, Emergency Services welcomes new truck with ‘push in’ ceremony

The 812th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire & Emergency Services Flight received a new Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting vehicle — a 2020 Oshkosh Striker UHP P-19 with 4X4 capability, recently.

The truck was officially welcomed to the fleet during a “push in” ceremony on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 14, 2021.

The new fire truck, built in Wisconsin at a cost of $612,000, is replacing the 1986 Oshkosh P-19 because it has reached the end of its service life. The new vehicle will provide greater agent capacity and reach to help us gain access to extinguish fires in large frame aircraft. The fire truck is also safer for the fire fighters during response due to its chassis design.

The 412th Test Wing Vice Commander, Col. Randel Gordon, and Wing Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Ian Eishen, joined the 812th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Fire and Emergency Services Flight for a special “Push In” ceremony to officially welcome their newest Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 14, 2021. (Air Force photograph by Chris Dyer)

It had been quite some time since Edwards FES has received a new ARFF vehicle. They honored this new arrival by conducting a “Push In” Ceremony. The push in ceremony is tradition from more than 100 years ago when fire equipment was horse drawn and was pushed back into the station after the responses by the firefighters.

The vehicle weight and dimensions are a length of 35.5 feet, a height of 11.6 feet, a width of 10 feet and a GVWR of 62,000 pounds.  The vehicle carries 1,500 gallons of water, 210 gallons of class B foam, and 500 pounds of dry chem.  The vehicle is equipped with an UHP system of 1400psi with a flow rate of 300GPM on the bumper turret and 21 gpm on the hand line. The bumper turret is also capable of discharging dry chemical at 12-17 pounds per second along with a hand line at five-pounds per second. The bumper turret also comes equipped with a forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera.

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