Zurich, CH (December 17, 2019) – Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation Company (NYSE:OSK) and Fotokite announced today an exclusive partnership to provide vehicle-integrated aerial situational awareness products to firefighting and public safety teams. The exclusive partnership follows a joint product launch of the Pierce Situational Awareness System by Fotokite at the Fire Department Instructors Conference this year and builds on the strong firefighting market momentum built since first deliveries started early this year.
Situational Awareness Systems provides fire departments with the overhead aerial capabilities they desire without the safety concerns and operational inefficiencies of traditional drones. As a self-piloting, actively tethered aerial device, the Situational Awareness System provides immediate aerial views of an emergency scene to help increase response effectiveness and first responder safety.
“Since the launch of the Pierce Situational Awareness System, we’ve seen great interest and excitement regarding how this product supports the critical work firefighters do each day,” said Jim Johnson, president of Pierce Manufacturing. “We’re excited about instituting an exclusive partnership with Fotokite because both of our teams closely align with their dedication to leading innovation and developing valuable resources for the fire service community.”
In a Beta-program rollout earlier this year, Situational Awareness Systems have been flown in over 1,500 missions by fire departments across the country, including live-fire responses, search and rescue missions, and training exercises.
The Pierce Situational Awareness System by Fotokite was also on display throughout the Pierce Road Rally, which saw over 2,200 firefighters attend in 16 cities this summer. Serial production is underway and Pierce & Fotokite have begun shipping Situational Awareness Systems this month.
Pierce Manufacturing and Fotokite’s exclusive partnership covers all land-based firefighting and Public Safety command vehicle markets in North and South America, as well as worldwide Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting and Industrial Fire Fighting customers. Pierce’s world-class Dealer Network supports Situational Awareness System installations in both new apparatus as well as aftermarket vehicles, including non-Pierce apparatus.
“The entire Fotokite team is honoured to serve firefighters and first responder teams in their mission to save lives and preserve property alongside Pierce Manufacturing.
Pierce works tirelessly to lead innovation in the future of firefighting and this strong partnership ensures that firefighters will have access to Situational Awareness Systems with world-class service and support through Pierce and the Pierce Dealer Network.” said Chris McCall, CEO of Fotokite. “We look forward to building on the solid track record of installations, training, and support with Pierce to help keep firefighters safe
and support them in their everyday missions.”
Fotokite designs and manufactures purpose-built aerial situational awareness products that provide valuable overview information to firefighters and first responders to help them manage complex safety-critical situations. Fotokite’s offices in Zurich CH, Syracuse NY, and Boulder CO support Public Safety customers worldwide with world-class situational awareness products. Fotokite’s core technology was born at the Flying Machine Arena and spun off from ETH Zurich in 2014.
Learn more at fotokite.com
About Pierce Manufacturing:
Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks,
wildland trucks, minipumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus.
To learn more about Pierce, visit www.piercemfg.com
About Oshkosh Corporation: Founded in 1917, Oshkosh Corporation is more than 100 years strong and continues to make a difference in people’s lives. Oshkosh brings together a unique set of integrated capabilities and diverse end markets that, when combined with the Company’s MOVE strategy and positive long-term outlook, illustrate why Oshkosh is a different integrated global industrial. The Company is a leader in designing, manufacturing and servicing a broad range of access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency, military and speciality vehicles and vehicle bodies under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, FrontlineTM, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®.
Today, Oshkosh Corporation is a Fortune 500 Company with manufacturing operations on four continents. Its products are recognized around the world for quality, durability and innovation and can be found in more than 150 countries. As a different integrated global industrial, Oshkosh is committed to making a difference for team members, customers, shareholders, communities and the environment.
For more information, please visit:www.oshkoshcorporation.com