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Bolivia’s main gateways welcome Oshkosh Striker vehicles

Bolivia’s main gateways have welcomed three new generation Oshkosh Striker 6x6 ARFF vehicles, which have successfully made the challenging high altitude journey.

The country’s airport administrator and operations company Servicios Aeroportuarios Bolivianos S.A. (SABSA), has taken delivery of the aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) machines.

The Striker apparatus are being placed into service at Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz, J. Wilstermann International Airport in Cochabamba, and El Alto International Airport in La Paz.

Jeff Resch, Oshkosh airport products vice president and general manager, says: “The new generation Oshkosh Striker is at home at airports around the globe, and we’re proud to say this now includes the highest elevation international airport in the world.

“Special recognition goes to our sales and support team, including our dealership, Leits Inc, and its multidisciplinary team. Successfully managing the delivery logistics of these Striker ARFF vehicles is, in and of itself, a major accomplishment.”

The Strikers were shipped to the port of Iquique, Chile, and then were loaded onto flat-bed vehicles for an arduous and challenging overland journey to the three airports.

The vehicles were driven in a convoy to their destinations at night-time due to regulations that reserve daytime travel for lighter vehicles, and the first stop was an elevation of 13,325 feet to reach El Alto International, the world’s highest altitude international airport.

Marcelo Solis, vice president of Leits Inc, explains: “The people of SABSA are committed to upgrading airport emergency response capabilities throughout Bolivia, and we’re honoured that Oshkosh Striker vehicles are playing an important role in this mission.”

The new generation Oshkosh Striker, features advanced safety systems, and the firms says it delivers “innovative fire suppression technology, unmatched chassis performance, and unsurpassed reliability and durability”.

Each vehicle is outfitted with a roof turret, an Oshkosh low attack bumper turret, and a dry chemical system, while the Striker at El Alto International is equipped with a cold weather/high altitude package that includes piping inside the compartments to protect its firefighting components.

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