Fred Williams’ Fourth of July celebration ended early when his firework was promptly doused with water by Fort Hunter Liggett Fire Department’s 2011 Oshkosh Striker 3000 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle in the opening scene of the most recent Dirt Every Day Episode, which was fittingly released on the 4th of July. Michelin 24R21 XZL tires, along with Oshkosh TAK-4 six wheel independent suspension with dual control arms and single coil springs (providing up to 16 inches of wheel end travel) allow the Striker to be an extremely maneuverable and stable all-terrain aircraft rescue vehicle. Naturally, Williams wasn’t content with just looking at the Striker, instead requesting that fire fighter Ken Hanna take the aircraft rescue vehicle off-roading on Camp Fort Hunter Liggett, the 165,000-acre Army reserve base on the central coast of California. Hanna demonstrates a 0-60 mph acceleration in this episode; specifications tout an acceleration of 0 to 50 mph in 35 seconds. He then conquers a steep hill climb, demonstrating the Striker’s 60% grade ascend/descend capability. The Striker has a top speed of 70 mph.
A new episode of Dirt Every Day airs every other Thursday on the Motor Trend channel. We’ll be on the lookout for the next episode on July 18.