1996 KME Rural Pumper Tanker
Available for immediate sale, 1996 KME Rural Pumper Tanker is powered by Cummins 320 HP Diesel Engines and Allison Transmissions. Features include 1500 GPM Waterous pumps and 1200 gallon Poly Tank, multiple crosslays. Special features include a Squirl Tail Pre-Connected hard suction, 24, 14 and attic ground ladders, hard suction, low level strainer, Elkhart Stinger Monitor with stack tips, removable with ground mount, two 500w portable quartz lights, booster hose and nozzle and Jet assist Rear Dump. Warning lights, rear arrow stick, air horns. Better Call Bob at 877-346-1373!
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.
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