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City of Los Angeles Chooses KME

NESQUEHONING, PA–KME is pleased to announce the City of Los Angeles’ Fire Department (LAFD) has awarded KME, an order for fifteen (15) more custom pumpers. The award is part of a multi-year contract from which KME has already delivered almost three dozen engines.

The pumpers will be built on KME’s Predator™ Severe Service™ chassis, designed for high-volume fleets and will be similar to units previously delivered to the City in 2011 and 2013. Features include 450-hp engines, 1,500-gpm two-stage pumps, 500-/30-gallon water/foam tanks, Class A foam systems, and a five-year bumper-to-bumper warranty. The body is custom designed for the LAFD to carry the ladders at a low enclosed height, enclosed suction hose storage, and compartmentation in the hosebed area designed for specialized equipment.

Long term purchase agreements like the one utilized by the City of Los Angeles offer a number of benefits including:

  • Assurance of competitive pricing and audit accountability.
  • Established pricing guidelines for future purchases.
  • Minimized administrative costs and product price increases.
  • Minimized training, service and parts inventory expense.
  • Allowance for competitive bids at any time should the FD choose to do so.

For more information, contact KME’s factory sales and service center located in Ontario, California. This operation offers a robust network of sales, parts and service support to the City with both mobile and service center support.


KME is a leading custom manufacturer of a full range of specialty vehicles for military, industrial, commercial, aviation and municipal markets. Additional information on KME can be found at www.kovatch.com or by emailing to kme@kovatch.com. For more information on this press release, contact Phil Gerace, KME Director of Sales and Marketing, pgerace@kovatch.com or 570-669-5174.

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