Hotter, sleeker, better vehicles

Published:  01 April, 2006

“A RM25E water/foam monitor on the roof can be electronically remote-controlled via pistol grip. This has an output of 2500 l/min at 10 bar and a throw­range of 50m.” Rosenbauer’s Andrea Schiffer on Berlin’s new tender.

For the past six month the City of Berlin fire brigade has been successfully operating a fleet of Tank Firefighter CBS - TLF 24/50 CAFS based on an MB 1828 4x4 Atego chassis. These have been manufactured by Rosenbauer Deutschland GmbH, Passau + Bremen, Germany.
“Based on the MB 1828AK/4x4 ATEGO chassis, the vehicles have an engine output of 205 kW at 2200 min-1 and rely on a battery trickle charger,” Rosenbauer’s Andrea Schiffer tells FIRE & RESCUE. Each vehicle features an MB standard driving cab, capable of holding a driver and two firefighters. The superstructure design is a Rosenbauer CBS (Customized Body System) superstructure, consisting of self-supporting bonded and screwed modular aluminium-panel construction on steel sub-frame. There are roller shutters (located left and right) with fold-down steps and equipment lockers
The GFP manufactured water tank onboard can hold 5,000-litres of water, while the integrated GFP foam agent tank holds 350 litres. The CBS-TLF 24/50 has a rear-mounted R240 normal-pressure pump energised by a PTO drive. The NP pump output is an impressive 1600 l/min at 8 bar in tank mode, with a Rosenbauer CAFS 3000 NP foam system with 0.1 - 6 % foam proportioning rate and a max. proportioning volume of 18.9 l/min at 10 bar. “A RM25E water/foam monitor on the roof can be electronically remote-controlled via pistol grip. This has an output of 2500 l/min at 10 bar and a throw-range of 50m. Other accessories include a monitor lifting device, a reduced-output ‘search jet’, an O-stream nozzle, foam barrel, deflector and floodlights,” comments Andrea Schiffer. Basic onboard equipment includes a NP water/foam reel using non-collapsible rubber hose (hose length & DN: 60 m; DN 25), a hose roller­frame and a Rosenbauer branch pipe.” Berlin’s vehicles feature white paintwork covered with all-over designer adhesive films in dayglow lemon-green. Each CBS-TLF 24/50 has an operational weight of 17,500 kg and a L x W x H of 7.4 x 2.5 x 3.29 m. More information? Visit: www.rosenbauer.com
MB Actros development from Plastisol:
Plastisol BV, a world market leader in design, engineering and production of glass-fibre reinforced polyester (GRP) bodywork, has developed an MB Actros cabin extension which is attracting a good deal of interest in the industry. This chassis was used on 36 ladder trucks supplied to Bomba in Malaysia in 2005. Hans Koolen, Benelux regional sales manager told FIRE & RESCUE: “Plastisol has also provided the platform structures for these vehicles – 18 of the ladder trucks were mounted on a 4x2 chassis with a 32m ladder. The other 18 had 52m ladders mounted on a 6x4 chassis.”  The Actros extension short version provides seating for four occupants and the long version will accommodate 8. The Actros extension works best on a 4-axle chassis (8x4 or 8x8). Almost all of the inner lining consists of ABS-materials. “Features of Plastisol’s TZine technology include integrated C-profiles and cable tubes, resulting in flat and smooth internal walls, fall­down steps with integrated corner rubbers and lights, integrated ladder recesses and various illumination options,” he says. “The TZine can be built to a standard range of length and width options,” says Hans. “The company’s main focus is still on firefighting vehicles in all their various forms ­cabins, crew-cab extensions, superstructures and tanks. But the Plastisol product portfolio has extended tremendously over the years,” he comments. “We faced some initial prejudices against our GRP-technology,” reports Hans Koolen. “But more and more people are becoming convinced about the effectiveness of our durable technology. “Not only flame-retardant and shock absorbing, GRP materials reduce the weight of a vehicle substantially. Since our products are corrosion­proof and maintenance-free, we can give our customers a unique 10 years warranty on all our GRP-constructions. And in case there might be some kind of damage, our products are very easy to repair.” More information? Visit www.plastisol.com
New 100-foot aluminum aerial ladder from Pierce: Pierce Manufacturing, Inc., has expanded its aerial product line with the introduction of a 100-foot, heavy duty, aluminum aerial ladder. The aerial is said to deliver ‘the highest distributed load ratings of any aluminum ladder in the industry’. “The new Pierce 100-foot aluminum aerial ladder dry tip-load rating is 750 pounds, the industry’s highest, with an additional 100 pounds of capacity at the tip for fire fighter equipment.
 The ladder is rated to 500-pounds while flowing up to 1500 gallons per minute. Pierce aluminum ladders use 6061-T6 aluminum extrusions for superior strength,” comments John Randjelovic, president of Pierce. The 100-foot aluminum ladder features Pierce’s renowned H-style stabilisers that can be quickly set into place with a 12-foot spread and just a 10­foot spread when short-jacked. The 100-foot ladder has a 2.5:1 structural safety factor, a 35-mph wind load rating and can operate with 1/4 inch of ice build-up. In addition, Pierce aluminum aerial ladders are available with a replaceable egress. If it’s ever damaged on a call, departments can replace it with a new one instead of replacing the entire fly section of the ladder. “While the Pierce 75-foot aluminum aerial ladder is the performance and safety leader in the aluminum aerial ladder market, this new 100-foot aerial will allow firefighters to perform at greater heights with remarkable strength, safety and integrity,” says Randjelovic.  A large selection of tip accessories are available for the Pierce 100-foot aluminum ladder, including: a quick-lock waterway, “creeper” controls, breathing air at tip, Lyfe Rescue options, 110v/220v power to tip, lighting options at tip, locator beacons, waterway pre-connect at tip, roof ladder mountings, and pike pole and axe mounting. More information? Visit www.piercemfg.com.
Foster Rescue’s  ARU ‘Multi-Tasking Beast’: US-based Foster Rescue is offering two major model lines of Auxiliary Rescue Units (ARUs). Bruce Foster comments: “The first is our standard ARU – the 320T – which is rescue, light, and breathing air in orientation. The second is our new ARFF model oriented toward the aviation market which combines all the rescue capabilities of the ARU-320T with triple agent fire suppression, including an automated foam turret. “June saw the first delivery of an ARFF unit to the U.S. Forest Service - it is leasing ARU-320T ARFF units to provide protection at helicopter bases during the 2006 wildland fire season ,” Foster tells FIRE & RESCUE.
“The new Pierce 100-foot aluminum aerial ladder dry tip­load rating is 750 pounds, the industry’s highest, with an additional 100 pounds of capacity at the tip for firefighter equipment.” John Randjelovic, President of Pierce
Pierce Manufacturing Inc’s 100­foot, heavy duty, aluminum aerial ladder.
Lighting options involve two front-mounted, portable Havis-Shields 900 watt Magnafire 3000s. Power train options on the ARU-320T include a 40HP Lombardini four-cylinder diesel engine with 20 KVA Getec alter­nator, a  24HP Honda gasoline engine with 13 KVA Getec alter­nator and a breathing air compressor & reel options available with four DOT or ASME tanks. “Whether it’s multi­faceted rescue operations, breathing air resupply, fire scene illumination, or disaster scene power, the new 320T will prove to be the most versatile piece of equipment in any fire department’s fleet.” Bruce Foster.
Chosen by the elite American firefighters of Baghdad Fire Rescue to protect US troops and diplomats in the Green Zone of Baghdad, the “You’ve got all the power and space you’ll need for dual-power-source high pressure breathing air compressors, Class 2 containments, multi-line hydraulic extrication systems, utility compressed air, fire suppression systems, and up to 9,000 watt light towers. Whether it’s multi-faceted rescue operations, breathing air resupply, fire scene illumination, or disaster scene power, the new 320T will prove to be the most versatile piece of equipment in any fire department’s fleet,” comments Bruce Foster. ARU-320T features tandem axles, a 40 HP four­
Power train options on the ARU-320T include a 40 HP Lombardini four-cylinder diesel engine with 20 KVA Getec alternator, a 24 HP Honda gasoline engine with 13 KVA Getec alternator and a breathing air compressor & reel options available with four DOT or ASME tanks. The ARU-320T has a number of options: a 10.2 cfm 6,000psi 10HP three- phase electric motor­dual power source; a 9 cfm 5,000psi 7.5HP three­phase electric motor- dual power source; and a 7 cfm 5,000psi 5HP single-phase electric motor­dual power source.  Comments Foster: “On the breathing air front we can provide a 200’ low pressure breathing air reel for confined space operations, a two-position SCBA refill containment option, a Class II Eagle Air Sidewinder steel containment unit or a Class IV American Airworks aluminum containment system. “Hydraulic extrication options include single, double, or triple line pumps with corresponding number of Hannay reels. Lighting options involve two front-mounted, portable Havis-Shields 900 watt Magnafire 3000s, a 17’ or a 20’ Nightscan mast with four or six Magnafire 3000 lights,” he concludes.  The ARU-320T can utilise compressed air options such as dual Fini air compressors totalling 13.5 cfm, with up to two Hannay 150’ reels. Onboard fire suppression systems can include 30, 60, and 100 gallon stored energy CAFS systems fed by a 75’ hose reel. Rescue equipment airbags can include two Vetter 26-ton airbags with hoses and a Command Control console. More information? Visit: www.FosterRescue.com

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