Appleton, Wis.-based Pierce Manufacturing, a U.S. manufacturer of fire and emergency vehicles, has announced that it will participate fully in New Jersey’s first-ever state-sponsored cooperative purchasing program for fire and emergency apparatus. Pierce’s contract (#A83457) is effective immediately and runs through January 2018.

New Jersey’s cooperative group purchasing program opens up a selection of Pierce vehicles to municipal New Jersey fire departments, so that they can order and quickly receive Pierce apparatus. The program is an organized state effort to obtain pricing and contract process efficiency benefits for municipal fire departments.

“By providing fire departments with a broad selection of vehicle choices from multiple manufacturers, this New Jersey state contract enables precisely what was intended,” said Bobby Williams, Pierce Manufacturing’s vice president of sales and marketing.

“We’re excited to participate in the program, and we applaud the state for quickly putting it in place — especially in light of the severe damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to fire apparatus across the state,” said David Russell, president of Fire and Safety Services, Ltd., the Pierce dealer for New Jersey. “In addition, our team of 14 salespeople — all current or former firefighters — understands that fire departments need vehicles and after-the-sale support they can count on for the long term. We treat every truck as if it were our own.” Fire & Safety Services, Ltd. is headquartered in South Plainfield, N.J.

Pierce has developed a list of vehicles — including pumpers, rescues, tankers, aerials, and wildland trucks — that can be ordered through the program. To help educate fire departments on the range of vehicles that qualify, Fire and Safety Services, Ltd. has posted component lists for all available vehicles on its website.

Pierce Manufacturing Inc. is an Oshkosh Corporation company. It is celebrating its 100th year in business in 2013. Pierce is a North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus, including custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, minipumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus.