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HME Ahrens-Fox Leverages FDIC International 2023 to Launch New Products

HME Ahrens-Fox (HME or the Company) presented a cross-section of new apparatus and recent builds at FDIC International as proof-points of the Company’s redefined business strategy. The trucks on display demonstrate recent product development advancements in six key areas.

1. Ergonomic Improvements:

• Redesigned instrument panel, cockpit, center console and Officer’s seat

2. Durability, Handling and Powertrain Improvements:

• Upgraded suspension systems
• Expanded air-ride systems
• Expanded drivetrain options – Including F/AWD

3. Safety:

• Collision avoidance and collision mitigation
• Clean cab

4. Waterflow/Initial Attack:

• Expanded pump module options

5. Improved Exterior Cab Designs, Trim and Lighting Options

6. Crew Comfort and Ease of Use Enhancements:

• Improved recline°, air-suspension seats, charging options, etc.

The HME apparatus on display were centrally located along Fire Truck Row in the Indiana Convention Center (ICC).


New HME Products

1. Spectr II (New Chassis) – HME Booth (#3057)

2. 1871 (Upgraded Chassis) – HME Booth (#3057)

3. SFO Urban Interface (Model 35: Proof-of-Concept) – HME Booth (#3057)

Recent HME Apparatus Builds

4. AF1 Tanker 9 – Johnsonville, NY – HME Booth (#3057)

5. SFO - Lockheed Martin Fire Department (Marietta, GA) – SoundOff Signal Booth; adjacent to HME (#3266)

6. Type III Model 34 - Valencia, NM – Tomar Electronics Booth; adjacent to HME (#3036)

Based on the voice-of-the-customer, competitive analysis, and HME’s increasing product quality standards, the Company continues its legacy strategy of vertical integration (a sole source OEM for cab/chassis, pump module and body) but has now transitioned to use of industry-accepted sub-systems and sub-components to meet a broader set of customer performance needs and improving overall reliability.

“We are prioritizing and improving HME’s operational excellence so that we meet, and then beat, our customer’s quality expectations,” said Gary Troost, President, HME Ahrens-Fox. “While our focus on operational excellence, product quality and customer support are key, by no means has innovation become secondary at HME. The product development, engineering, validation, testing and production workflows at the Company over the last 18 months have exceeded our historic benchmarks and we’re confident our dealers and customers will see this in the vehicles on display at FDIC,” said Troost.

HME Spectr II FDIC 2023 Press Release

HME 1871 FDIC 2023 Press Release

Wildland Urban Interface (Model 35) FDIC 2023 Press Release

Tanker 9 FDIC 2023 Press Release

SFO 07 Lockheed Martin FDIC 2023 Press Release

Model 34 Valencia FDIC 2023 Press Release

About HME Ahrens-Fox

HME Ahrens-Fox (HME) is a leading specialty vehicle manufacturer that has been supporting the needs of customers for over 100 years. Headquartered in Wyoming, Michigan, the company provides solutions to firefighting and emergency response organizations of all sizes and types throughout North America.

HME designs, engineers, manufactures, and supports mission-critical equipment for the fire service which helps them protect the diverse communities they serve. The Company participates in the largest segments of the fire apparatus market including pumper, tanker, urban interface, and wildland. As a manufacturer of both custom apparatus and cab/chassis, the company participates in the key elements of the value-chain. HME is owned by The Atonne Group, LLC, a private company with holdings across a diverse group of sectors. More information is available at

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Russell Chick
Director, Marketing and Communications