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Posted: Mar 22, 2019

Rosenbauer Introduces 100-Foot King Cobra Articulating Platform

Sioux Falls, SD—Rosenbauer introduces the 100-foot King Cobra articulating platform, which is designed, engineered, and manufactured on-site at its Aerials campus in Fremont, Nebraska. Designed for departments that desire the ability to land behind a parapet wall or reach below a bridge deck, the King Cobra can reach up to 20 feet below grade utilizing its 8-foot articulating jib and the SMART aerial’s capability to extend 12° below grade.

An NFPA-compliant, articulating platform apparatus made for operating in tight areas, firefighters may enter the platform from as little as 10’ in front of the chassis cab. The King Cobra is complete with a 1,500-gpm rated waterway and a rating of 1,000 lbs. dry or 500 lbs. wet.

“Firefighters almost never have the best working conditions upon arrival. Some department policies prevent crews from being on the roof due to the risk of structural failure,” said Harold Boer, President of Rosenbauer America. “The King Cobra is an articulating platform from which firefighters can land on the roof, balcony, or below grade vertically. The reach is all yours, literally. Rosenbauer has the most experience and offers the most articulating aerials products on the market.”

The 100-foot King Cobra has over 250-cubic-feet of compartment space. It will be available in the Rosenbauer-exclusive EXT and FX aluminum or stainless-steel body styles.

Rosenbauer’s 100-foot King Cobra will be on-display in April 2019 at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) International in the Indiana Convention Center, Exhibit Hall J at booth 5200.

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Posted: Mar 22, 2019

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Posted: Mar 22, 2019

Houston firefighters march on City Hall over Prop B 'pay parity' raises, layoffs

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Posted: Mar 22, 2019

City underbills business fire protection fees for 10 years in Illinois

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- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Pantagraph
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Posted: Mar 22, 2019

Massachusetts city tests new device to help drivers avoid firetrucks

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- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Patriot Ledger
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