The new TFFT, which was on display during the presentation, was referred to as a product of dedication and of great benefit to the military.
In addition to the presentation of the new TFFT, the ceremony highlighted the achievements of the 323d Engineer Fire Fighting Detachment, whose members were recognized in November 2004 for rescuing injured Soldiers from a downed Chinook helicopter in Al Fallujah, Iraq.
The TFFT contract was awarded to Pierce[R] Manufacturing, Incorporated, of Appleton, Wisconsin, in mid-2000.
It was decided early in the process that commercial fire fighting standards according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) would be used as a guide, and strict adherence would not drive the development of the TFFT. There were many reasons for this.
The TFFT user requirements challenged Pierce to come up with a unique design.
Maintaining command and control among the TFFT crew, both for fire fighting and day-to-day operations.
The project manager purchased commercial-quality fire fighting equipment and made it part of the technical data package that is required to support the TFFT.
Storing the additional equipment procured for the TFFT in the limited storage areas.
The TFFT was subjected to an operational test at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, from July to August 2003.
Fielding of the TFFT to the engineer fire fighting teams--all components--and to Ordnance Ammunition Company fire fighting teams will be completed in fiscal year 2007.
With our combined teamwork, we have produced a TFFT unmatched in its abilities to support the Current and Future Engineer Force.