Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced today that authorized dealer, Hughes Fire Equipment, Inc., will open a new, 15,000-square-foot service facility located outside of Boise at 3396 W. Nelis Drive in Meridian, Idaho. With close proximity to Highway 84, the new service center is central for all of Idaho’s Pierce customers and will provide extensive service offerings, parts inventory, apparatus testing, and meeting space. Construction is currently underway, with a ribbon-cutting event planned for June 21, 2021.
“It was important to our team to find a centralized location for our new service center that would allow us to expand services for our customers to include a bigger facility, more personnel, and an expanded parts warehouse,” said Paul Schlumpberger, president of Hughes Fire Equipment, Inc. “Most critically, the new facility will reduce downtime. Our main objective is to get fire apparatus back to the department and placed into service as quickly as possible.”
Hughes Fire Equipment, Inc.’s new service center will offer annual National Fire Protection Association inspections, accident repair, pump and aerial testing and recertification, ground ladder testing, parts replacement, and full refurbishments. Additionally, the Meridian service center will feature:
• Three drive-through bays
• 20-foot-wide doors
• Outdoor aerial testing platform
• Indoor pump test bay for year-round testing
• 700-square-foot parts warehouse
• Steam rack to facilitate indoor truck-washing
• Office, meeting space, and conference rooms
• Energy-efficient LED lighting throughout
• Below-level water tank, allowing for the recirculation of water
The new service center will also be the hub for a pump test trailer that will facilitate off-site testing and dedicated mobile service technicians that will offer routine maintenance and repair, allowing trucks to be repaired or tested without leaving their home fire stations.
The Hughes Fire Equipment, Inc.’s service team includes a certified Pierce master technician on staff with additional technicians in the process of certification. A full-time parts and service writer was hired and service personnel expansion will continue throughout the facility.
Schlumpberger continued, “A larger facility with more technicians allows us to work on more projects at one time, and this significantly reduces fire apparatus downtime. Opening our new service center supports our goal to make sure personnel is available where they are needed most.”
To learn more about Pierce Manufacturing, Hughes Fire Equipment, Inc., and the new service center located near Boise, Idaho, visit www.piercemfg.com.