St.Pete_BannerPartnership with Ten-8 Fire and Safety and Frontline Communications will enhance St. Petersburg's law enforcement capabilities with a high-tech mobile command vehicle for diverse operations. 

APPLETON, Wis. (January 9, 2024)Frontline Communications, a division of Pierce Manufacturing, Inc., and a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced the delivery of a C-44X-4 mobile command vehicle to the St. Petersburg Police Department in Florida. Sold through Pierce and Frontline Communications dealer, Ten-8 Fire and Safety, the highly customized and advanced mobile command vehicle will enhance public safety operations in one of Florida’s most densely populated counties. 

Assistant Chief David Gerardo of the St. Petersburg Police Department stated, "We were drawn to Frontline Communications because of their reputation for high-quality products. Their expertise enabled us to design a versatile unit tailored for a range of operations from special event command to disaster responses."

The feature Chief Gerardo places the highest value on is operational versatility. He continued, “Frontline helped us design a unit which could be used for all manner of law enforcement operations, including special event command and control, crime scene management, and disaster and high-risk response operations. The communications capability built into the unit will be particularly useful to us.”

St.Pete_Inset2St. Petersburg Police Department’s new Frontline Communications C-44X-4 mobile command vehicle features:

  • Freightliner M2-106 chassis with a GVWR of 54,600 lbs.
  • 25 kw generator
  • Four slide-outs
  • Eight workstations
  • Sharpvision color backup camera system
  • Additional 50-gallon fuel tank
  • Extron 16x16 video switcher
  • Two over-the-air TV tuners for local TV stations
  • 52-port network switcher
  • Wi-Fi cellular router

St.Pete_Inset1“For many years Ten-8 Fire and Safety has served the St. Petersburg community, and this collaboration marks the expansion of our relationship and commitment to continuing to support the St. Petersburg Police Department for many years to come,” said Andy Callaway, regional vice president – Southern U.S., Frontline Communications. “The entire truck-building journey, from initial discussions to the final product, is not only a collaborative endeavor but also a friendship-forming process."

St. Petersburg, the fifth-largest city in Florida, faces unique challenges due to its dense population and vast waterfront park system, which hosts numerous events throughout the year. The decision to purchase the Frontline Communications mobile command vehicle addresses these challenges, ensuring robust response capabilities and proactive planning for varied law enforcement operations.

Notably, the vehicle's funding comprised 60 percent municipal budget funds and 40 percent federal Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant funds, highlighting the combined efforts to improve community safety.

"We eagerly anticipate using this state-of-the-art vehicle to enhance our community service. This command vehicle is not just an addition to our fleet but a testament to our commitment to the safety and well-being of St. Petersburg residents," Chief Gerardo added.

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About Frontline Communications
Frontline Communications, a division of Pierce Manufacturing, Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), is the leading manufacturer of custom broadcast and communications vehicles. The company’s wide range of products, including SUV’s, Vans and Heavy-Duty Custom Aluminum Bodies are valued for their quality, advanced technologies and integration capabilities that perform in the most extreme environments. Frontline Communications is an ISO 9001:2015 Registered company. Visit for more information. 

About Oshkosh Corporation

At Oshkosh (NYSE: OSK), we make innovative, mission-critical equipment to help everyday heroes advance communities around the world. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Oshkosh Corporation employs approximately 17,000 team members worldwide, all united behind a common purpose: to make a difference in people’s lives. Oshkosh products can be found in more than 150 countries under the brands of JLG®, Hinowa, Power Towers, Pierce®, MAXIMETAL, Oshkosh® Defense, McNeilus®, IMT®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™ Communications, Oshkosh® Airport Products, Oshkosh AeroTech™ and Pratt Miller. For more information, visit

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