Severe Serviceā„¢

Extreme Duty and Performance.

Originally designed for large fleets in extreme duty use conditions, the Severe Service™ is now available for the fire departments coast to coast. The Severe Service™ concept is about a well-planned design created to accommodate the needs of the operators, crews and mechanics and have a rig that’s ready to respond, every time. This is THE extreme-duty chassis.
Designed For Life
Designed For Life
Available in multiple lengths and roof options, the cab is designed for use with virtually any engine in any fire application. The rugged interior is designed for everyday use. Both driver and officer have easy access to gauges and controls, and a slim-profile, high-performance HVAC system is just one part of an open cab with lots of storage options.
Long-Term Value
Long-Term Value
The KME Severe Service™ cost of ownership is the lowest in the fire service. Components have been subjected to high-volume use in extreme conditions with more than a million miles of real world testing. KME has taken high-wear areas in the cab and reinforced and overlaid them to make sure they stand up to abuse. Suspension and redundant braking systems provide extended tire and brake life far beyond industry norms.
High-Performance in Tight Conditions
High-Performance in Tight Conditions
Available in 96” and 100” cab widths, the Severe Service™ offers some of the shortest wheelbases, narrowest widths and lowest heights in the fire service. Using the flat roof option the Severe Service™ can operate in even the tightest environment. 
KME S2D Severe Service Cab This video shows the KME S2D (Short Two Door) Severe Service Cab featuring a short wheelbase and popular with our Rescue and Tanker product lines.
Conquer Familiar Terrain with North Tahoe Fire Protection District "Thirty feet of avalanche-inducing snow in a single season isn't uncommon for us. Neither are dozens of wildfires that threaten homes. That's why our engines need to be Tahoe tough. They're built to perform off-road and help us stay on-task, in every emergency. For our departments, serving people is a time-honored mission."
– Michael Schwartz | Fire Chief, North Tahoe Fire Protection District.
Santa Barbara | Our Rig Is Our Toolbox "We have very diverse terrain in Santa Barbara and we respond to equally diverse emergencies. With KME we can optimize every compartment so we can keep out tools organized and systematically packed, so we always have everything we need."
– Mike Klusyk, Captain | Santa Barbara Fire Department
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