1991 Auto Car KME Tanker
4 door enclosed cab with seating for 5. Powered by a Cummins Diesel and Allison Automatic Transmission. Front Mount Hale 1500 GPM Pump and 2500 gallon water tank. The pump is equipped with one 6″ and one 2.50″ intake and four 2.50″ discharges as well as two 2.50″ crosslays. The truck is equipped with three 10″ electric dump valves that are remote control in the cab or at the valve and the rear of the truck is equipped with two 2.50″ direct tank fills. Full NFPA warning light and siren package as well a 12volt scene lighting. This unit has a current Pump Test. The truck will be available 2nd quarter of 2022 please contact Bob in our office at 717-354-8106 to schedule an inspection of this vehicle.
Manufacturers History: KME’s origins are found in an auto repair shop started by John “Sonny” Kovatch in 1946. The business grew and branched into several auto and truck related businesses, including Kovatch Mobile Equipment, which built special-purpose military vehicles and airport refueling vehicles. In 1983, Kovatch Mobile purchased fire apparatus manufacturer Car-Mar, a builder of stainless steel pumpers and tankers.
In 1985, KME Fire Apparatus was formed after Kovatch acquired some of the assets of the former Hendrickson Mobile Equipment company. KME obtained and used Hendrickson’s distinctive chassis. The rights to the name Hendrickson’s Mobile Equipment and other parts of the assets were then sold off, hence HME. Around the same time KME also bought assets from Mack‘s fire apparatus manufacturing division, specifically their technology, inventory, machinery and apparatus body construction methods. KME was producing pumpers when aerial products were added to the product line in 1987, using ladders from LTI and Fire Spire (Hahn).
In 1992, KME acquired the rights to Grumman Emergency Products‘ (Howe-Oren Roanoke Corp) line of aerial devices, the Aerialcat designs, manufacturing resources and other assets of the now closed division of the business.
In 1997 KME purchased the Walter Motor Truck Company, thus entering into the ARFF area of fire suppression. KME offers a whole line of sole-source apparatus, including pumpers, ladder trucks, rescue/command units, wildland, tanker, industrial and airport apparatus.
In April 2016, Kovatch Corporation announced the sale of its fire apparatus business to Florida-based REV Group.