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Springfield-Branson National Airport Gets New Fire Truck

Firefighters at the Springfield-Branson National Airport have an impressive new tool to use if there’s ever an emergency there. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…

At 40-feet long, 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide, with six tires nearly as tall as a person, the newest addition to the firefighting force at the Springfield-Branson National Airport is an impressive sight. The brand new Osh Kosh Striker 3000 arrived at the airport in October. It’s twice as big as the other two fire trucks in the airport’s fleet, which hold 1500 gallons of water.The cost: 661,000 thousand dollars—95% of which was funded by the Federal Aviation Administration.Chuck Cowan is aircraft rescue firefighter trainer with the airport…

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The truck rides smooth—it’s wider to allow for more stability and it’s equipped with infrared cameras to see thru smoke.Like the other trucks in the airport’s firefighting arsenal, it’s designed to be operated to be from the driver’s seat…

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17 firefighters are on staff at the Springfield-Branson National Airport and all have been trained to operate the Striker 3000.For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.

Striker 3000 (photo credit:  Michele Skalicky) Striker 1500 (photo credit Michele Skalicky) Striker 3000 (photo credit:  Michele Skalicky) Chuck Cowan (photo credit:  Michele Skalicky) Inside of Striker 3000 (photo credit:  Michele Skalicky) Shooting water Shooting water from Striker 3000  (photo credit:  Michele Skalicky) Inside of Striker 3000