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Pierce Body Cracks

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  • Pierce Body Cracks

    Good afternoon,

    My department is experiencing a recurring issue with cracks developing between compartments on our (very) new Pierce ladder truck. It is my understanding that several other departments have experienced similar issues and that Pierce tends to tell their customers that ?this is the first we?ve heard of this? . The apparatus committee is looking to have the issue rectified and would appreciate the names of any department that has experienced this same issue as well as what the apparatus was so we can prove that this is not a new or unique issue. The only topic I can find on it here was from 2009. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    -Chris Roy

  • #2
    We don't have a ladder, but Pierce has been pretty responsive to any problems we've had, which are few. I have been to the Pierce plant in Appleton, and they have a board which actively tracks any Pierce truck out of service for breakdowns.
    Where are the cracks? Are they in the frame for the body, or on the outside sheet metal??


    • #3
      We have an all Pierce Fleet and no problems like this have come up....
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      • #4
        The cracks are on the body, not the frame luckily. They were repaired once already and have returned (9 days later). I found some posts from 2009 where multiple departments stated they had similar issues and were given the run around initially, but didn?t want to post in a 10 year old thread.

        It?s only happening in an isolated area and is not wide spread. We had two other Pierce aerials and a pierce pumper that all were frontline for close to 20 years, (we still have one as our spare ladder) so we know they build quality stuff 99.9% of the time. We just want to be able to reference a specific department/apparatus if we are met with resistance.


        • #5
          Virginia Beach I believe had some issues with cracked bodies in the last 5 years or so. I don't know any specifics but you may want to reach out to them.


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