(By Brandon Barsugli)
San Bernardino County Fire Station 319 located at Southern California Logistics
Airport in Victorville has a 2012 Oshkosh Striker 3000 airport rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle. The vehicle is one of four that County Fire uses to maintain the airport’s firefighting capability as mandated
by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Striker 3000 holds 3000 gallons of water, 420 gallons of Aqueous film forming foam and 450 pounds of Purple K dry chemical agent to combat fires involving flammable liquids. It has a 50 foot Snozzle with a piercing tip for penetrating the skin of an aircraft and 6 wheel drive for operation in difficult terrain. Other features include a camera on the tip of the Snozzle as well as a FLIR camera to aid in the location of heat, fire and passengers. The vehicle was purchased for $755,000 through a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. It replaces a 1975 Oshkosh P-4, which will now be used as a reserve.