American LaFrance Unveils New Liberty Series Vehicles

Indianapolis, Ind. – American LaFrance unveiled its new Liberty Series vehicles at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., April 12-16, 2005. By adding the Liberty Series line of pumpers, tankers, rescue pumpers and brush trucks to the company’s well-established line of highly customized products, American LaFrance expands the company’s product offerings and is able to meet more customers’ vehicle needs within the industry.



“The Liberty Series takes the history, pride and passion of American LaFrance designs and makes it available to a wider group of customers,” said Mike Popovich, vice president of marketing and strategy at American LaFrance. “We have designed a new series of vehicles that offer customers both emergency and rescue vehicles that can still be customized – based on pre-designed American LaFrance packages. It simplifies their purchasing process to provide a high-quality, competitively priced vehicle in a shorter delivery time frame.”



An integral part of the Liberty Series includes a new Web site, www.libertybyamericanlafrance.com, which enables customers to build their vehicle online and request a quote at the same time. This system enables customers to build exactly what they want, when they want it and know, in a short amount of time, what it will cost. In addition, the Liberty series will provide a notably shorter delivery time than highly customized vehicles.



All Liberty Series vehicles are available on either a commercial or custom chassis, including the Freightliner Business Class M2, Sterling Acterra or the new Liberty four-door custom chassis. Each vehicle has the standard option of a formed aluminum or stainless steel body. The new pumpers, rescue pumpers and tankers also feature VMUX solid state electronics for programming flexibility and strong system reliability. All offer a durable, high-luster finish as the result of a 15-step PPG body paint process.



The Pumpers

The Liberty Pumper offers a solution for any department’s needs. It features a UV-stabilized polypropylene tank in capacities up to 1000 gal and compartments with full-finish Zolatone® interior. A standard swirl finish aluminum pump house with stainless steel panels is included on this pumper. Full-body durability testing was performed to guarantee the same quality and safety as found in all American LaFrance vehicles.



The Liberty Rescue-Pumper is designed specifically for rescue purposes. It features a UV-stabilized polypropylene tank with up to 1000 gal capacity. This pumper also features an industry leading standard body design that offers low hosebed height with rear storage for both ladders and hand suction hoses.



If a customer needs emergency capabilities in hard to reach places, the Liberty FasTak brush truck may be the right vehicle. The FasTak has a mini-style body, allowing it to maneuver in rigorous terrain. It is mounted on a two-door Ford® F450 chassis. The aluminum body includes 270 cu ft of enclosed storage space, full-height left and right compartment configurations and is supported by 3" x 3" x 3/8" extruded cross members. The off-road capabilities include a separate Briggs and Stratton® engine-driven pump for “pump-and-roll,” completely independent of vehicle speed and four-point spring mounting for superior off-road flexibility. The single hose reel on the front of the body enables easy fire-fighting access from either side of the vehicle.



The Tanker

Classic in look, the Liberty Tanker provides the superior performance found in all American LaFrance vehicles. The formed aluminum body features an aluminum sub-frame with 3/16" 5052 aluminum body panels. The UV-stabilized polypropylene tank features capacities up to 2,000 gal on single rear axles, or 3,000 gal on tandem rear axles. The hinged pump house panel facilitates easy service access, and compartments feature full-finish Zolatone® interior.



The Liberty Series is available online now at www.libertybyamericanlafrance.com.



About American LaFrance:

American LaFrance, a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, produces and distributes a comprehensive line of fire and emergency apparatus including chassis, aerials, ambulances, pumpers, rescues, tankers, and wildland vehicles.



Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks in North America and a leading manufacturer of medium-duty and specialized commercial vehicles. Freightliner LLC is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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