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HME Unveils CNG-Powered Fire Truck

April 26, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - HME Inc., a producer of custom stainless-steel fire apparatus and custom built chassis, recently unveiled a new CNG-powered fire truck at the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis, NGV Global News reported. 

The vehicle is powered by a compressed natural gas (CNG) Cummins Westport engine. The 8.9-liter CNG engine produces 320 horsepower with 1,000 lb-ft of torque while meeting EPA and CARB 2010 emissions standards without DEF and SCR systems required on diesel engines. 

The exhaust system comprises a simple three-way catalyst that meets the EPA useful-life requirement and is maintenance-free. 

"This is a milestone for the fire service," said HME Ahrens-Fox Director of Marketing Dave Fornell. "Not only are we introducing a vehicle specifically tailored for the high-frequency EMS, rescue and fire runs that dominate the fire service today, but now we can fulfill our mission in a highly environmentally friendly and cost-effective manner."

HME Inc. is based in Wyoming, Mich.

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