Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office to Receive First-of-its-Kind Tactical Protector Vehicle from Oshkosh Defense
New vehicle to provide more protection for law enforcement officers
FOND DU LAC and OSHKOSH, Wis. (Dec. 19, 2011) — Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, will be the nation’s first law enforcement agency to receive the state-of-the-art Tactical Protector Vehicle (TPV) from Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) and leading provider of vehicles to the U.S. Military. The Oshkosh TPV will expand Fond du Lac County’s law enforcement capabilities and provide greater protection to officers during high-risk situations.
According to Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Mylan Fink, the area has seen a significant increase in the number of situations requiring involvement of the department’s tactical team – from delivering high-risk warrants, to call-outs involving armed suspects. “Our officers are managing high risk situations that continue to grow in severity and numbers,” Sheriff Fink said. “They are putting their lives on the line as they enforce the laws and protect our community, and keeping them safe is something we take very seriously. The addition of the new Oshkosh TPV to our vehicle fleet will expand our tactical capabilities and provide greater protection for our officers in these high-risk situations.”
The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to receive its new Oshkosh TPV in Spring 2012. The vehicle provides officers with protection through an advanced armor system that utilizes ballistic steel and glass to enclose the entire crew compartment. The Oshkosh TPV offers a level of mobility and maneuverability unmatched by other protected vehicles in this class to meet challenging situations in congested urban settings as well as off-road rural environments. The highly customizable vehicle will be configured, both inside and out, with options selected by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office to meet a wide range of tactical mission requirements.
“The Oshkosh TPV is designed for the high-risk demands confronted by tactical law enforcement officers on a daily basis,” said Ken Juergens, vice president and general manager of Joint Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “We are pleased to provide Fond du Lac County officers with the TPV, which was engineered using state-of-the-art techniques and specialized materials, to meet the needs of law enforcement.”
The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office’s TPV will accommodate nine officers and include electrically deployed drop-down skip plates for additional officer protection. The vehicle uses a 6.8-liter, 362-horsepower V-10 gasoline engine, can reach speeds of up to 75 mph, and has selectable four-wheel drive and run-flat tires.
Oshkosh is the leading provider of severe-duty, highly specialized vehicles for military, homeland security and government agencies around the world. The Oshkosh TPV is available through Oshkosh dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For dealer locations, visit www.oshkosh-tacticalprotector.com/findadealer.html. Bumper-to-bumper vehicle service is available through more than 61 service centers nationwide with extensive Oshkosh vehicle experience.
The Oshkosh TPV is being provided to the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office through FAE in Appleton, Wis.
About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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