OSHKOSH GLOBAL STRIKER 4×4 SHOWCASED AT WESTERN PACIFIC FIRE CHIEFS CONFERENCE
Oshkosh Global Striker 4×4 Showcased at Western Pacific Fire Chiefs Conference
The Oshkosh Asia team was present at the 5th Annual Western Pacific Islands Association of Fire Chiefs Conference (WPIAFC) held from October 26-28 in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Oshkosh participated in the three day event which brought together many of the Pacific region’s key fire and emergency leaders to discuss the utilization of new technologies in supporting fire-fighting operations. Over 150 municipal and airport fire officers joined the event, representing the governments of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Ernest Mitchell, Fire Administrator for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Fire Administration was keynote speaker and joined by regional Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) representatives who came together to support the region’s largest annual fire-fighting conference and exhibition.
During one of the breakout sessions, the Saipan International Airport aviation rescue team conducted a live fire exercise at its newly constructed mock-up aircraft fire simulator, which showcased the airport’s recently acquired Global Striker 4×4 – joining the previously delivered Global Striker 4×4 to Saipan in early 2016.
Oshkosh has a proven track record and a sustained commitment to the Pacific Islands. Between 2015 and 2016, Oshkosh delivered Global Strikers to airports in Papua New Guinea, American Samoa, Philippines, and the islands of Rota, Tinian and Saipan. This follows a series of successful regional deliveries, including in 2007 when Oshkosh delivered 13 Legacy Strikers to airports in the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the CNMI. We look forward to continuing a close partnership with our Pacific Island friends in 2017 and beyond.
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