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Fire Engines Faster and Safer with Allison Automatic Transmissions

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São Paulo, Brasil – Few activities demand a vehicle with such dependability and working precision as those engaged in fire fighting. Over time it has been largely proven that in an emergency situation in which firemen are deployed, the most suitable emergency response vehicles are those in which the driver does not need to shift gears, keeping both eyes on the road at all times.

“Maybe all of this began with the North American culture of having automatic gearboxes in nearly 100% of cars regardless of the type of use. But in emergency vehicles, automatic transmissions make the driver’s life far easier, especially in the typically heavy traffic we have in São Paulo when responding to a call. No wasting time shifting gears, eyes on the road, avoiding accidents. Thanks to the torque converter and smooth shifting, the fully automatic transmission ensures continuous power to the wheels, delivering maximum vehicle acceleration. Therefore it is in city driving, where some advantages of automatic-equipped vehicles really stand out. Durability of these vehicles is usually superior too,” says Colonel Luiz Humberto Navarro, Commanding Officer of São Paulo City Fire Department.

“I speak about automatic transmission maintenance and durability with some authority, since I worked for nine years maintaining our vehicles. During this time, we acquired some Pierce trucks, all imported from the US. After almost 20 years, they’re still operating with no powertrain failures. In a fleet of more than 200 vehicles, none of the Allison automatic transmissionequipped trucks has ever experienced a problem. All we did was simple routine maintenance, like the recommended fluid and filter changes.”

Marketing Manager for Allison Transmission South America, Clovis Kitahara said, “The positive perceptions of the São Paulo Fire Department regarding Allison fully automatic transmissions is an excellent barometer for our company. It validates our global reputation for delivering durable, reliable products that increase agility and responsiveness in heavy traffic.”

When asked about the long-time partnership between SPFD and Allison Transmission, Colonel Navarro was emphatic, “Our business contacts have always been excellent. Allison and its Dealer in São Paulo have provided personnel, maintenance, and operational training whenever requested. Allison is an efficient partner. They have never let us down.” Allison transmission has been fully engaged in serving fire departments across Brazil. During the LIGABOM, Firemen National League (an event associated with SENABOM – XI Firemen Nation Seminar in Blumenau, state of Santa Catarina), Allison participation was highlighted by a presentation to all 26 Brazilian state fire department commanding officers about the benefits of Allison automatic transmissions in emergency services. The presentation was followed by a dynamic truck demonstration with an Allison equipped VW 17.250E truck currently operating in the Santa Catarina Fire Department.

About Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully-automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, medium- and heavy-tactical U.S. military vehicles and hybrid-propulsion systems for transit buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (primarily school and transit), motor homes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (primarily energy and mining) and military vehicles (wheeled and tracked). Founded in 1915, the Allison business is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. and employs approximately 2,800 people. Allison has manufacturing facilities and customization centers located in China, The Netherlands, Brazil, India and Hungary, with a global presence, serving customers in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa. Allison also has more than 1,500 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. More information about Allison is available at

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About Allison Transmission

Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is a leader in electric hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,900 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit