Bulgarian Fire Brigade takes on Bobcat utility vehicles for remote area operations

Published:  07 October, 2014

Megatron, a dealer for the Bobcat and Doosan ranges of equipment in Bulgaria, has won an order for 70 Bobcat 3400D multi-purpose utility vehicles from the Chief Directorate Fire Safety and Civil Protection for the Ministry of the Interior in Bulgaria.

On the machines purchased by the Ministry of the Interior, the unique versatility of the Bobcat 3400D utility vehicle has been combined with modular snow and mud chains, which increase traction in heavy weather conditions and increase the speed of the vehicles, making them particularly suitable for rescue operations in forest areas. The chains are manufactured by TJD, a Canadian company renowned for this type of product.

The main contributing factor to better traction is the ground clearance on the 3400D utility vehicle, which is 24 cm, even at the lowest points of the vehicle (under the axle transmissions). The rear suspension is further adjustable and ensures an additional 8 cm of clearance. The maximum height adjustment is necessary for mounting the chains on the vehicles.

All the Bobcat 3400D vehicles also feature a 2-tonne capacity winch, a ROPS structure for driver and passenger protection in case of a rollover accident, as well as protection against wind and rain during the cold months provided by a vinyl roof, transparent vinyl doors and a polycarbonate windshield. The vehicles have a dump truck type loading compartment with a 500 kg capacity – enough to carry pumps and forestry firefighting hoses. Additionally, the Bobcat 3400D UTV has a towing capacity of 680 kg that can be used to transport small pumping stations on trailers.

The 70 utility vehicles have been allocated to 28 provinces and operation, maintenance and installation training for the modular chains has been provided by staff from Megatron. The vehicles have been delivered under a grant scheme entitled 'Improving the capacity of the Chief Directorate Fire Safety and Civil Protection’s (Ministry of Interior) territorial structures', funded by Operational Programme 'Environment 2007-2013' in accordance with Grant Agreement № DIR-51214001-C001. 

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