Pierce Manufacturing Inc. has introduced a Special Services Vehicle (SSV) for fire, rescue, government, homeland security and law enforcement markets. The SSV is a versatile apparatus that can be configured to meet customers' needs in mobile command/communications, incident command, special weapons and tactics (SWAT), explosive ordinance disposal (EOD), bomb response or mobile laboratory applications. The Contender SSV is built on a GMC chassis with a choice of 14- or 18-foot body lengths. With a 300-horsepower engine, the chassis offers more horsepower than a typical step van chassis. In addition, the vehicle features more durable and rugged construction to better suit the heavy-duty needs of the law enforcement, homeland security and fire service markets.