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In a ceremony, Tyrolean deputy governor Anton Steixner presented the Red Cross in Tyrol with Austria’s first major accident and catastrophe vehicle constructed by EMPL, a company with longstanding tradition.


The name EMPL is well known in the world of fire brigade/emergency rescue services for individualised, reliable structures with the highest level of quality – one of the decisive points for Tyrol’s approval for the construction of a major accident-response vehicle on a MAN TGM 13.280 4x4 BL. The Red Cross will use the vehicle for conducting efficient operations in case of major accidents and catastrophic events. The vehicle was successfully used for the first time at this year’s EURO in Innsbruck.

The 15-tonne vehicle with 276 HP enables around 50 affected/injured persons to receive simultaneous professional medical attention and features numerous characteristics:

The team room provides room for one major accident vehicle machine operator as well as five trained employees from the fast response emergency services group and the technology/care fast response group. Helmet compartments, mountings for folders and trauma backpacks and a mobile command centre were also added.

The Equipment structure was manufactured according to the applied Fire Fighter Alu-Tech structure principle that has been at EMPL for years. The structure was manufactured using aluminium sandwich panels to give the vehicle the advantages of being rust-proof and lightweight with a long lifespan and optimum chassis torsion, especially when driving in difficult terrain – and much more.

Both sides feature three lockable equipment rooms each that feature dustproof, waterproof locking aluminium shutters (bar lock system).

As standard at EMPL, the equipment room interior has been designed for maximum versatility. Height-adjustable aluminium compartments with both perforated and C-rails guarantee optimum use of the available space. Operation-specific mountings, shelves and trays as well as compressed air connections and exhaust tubes were also added. Even the roof offers ample storage space with three rooftop compartments with interior lighting.

Additional equipment features include a pneumatic, electric rotating and pivoting lamp pole (2 x 1,500 watt), integrated ambient lighting, rear-view camera, refrigerator, and electric heating unit. The external current supply mechanism and/or the installed current generator guarantee trouble-free operations. Maximum safety for the rescue forces was also a focus: as well as additional flashing lights, the vehicle also features a rear alarm device.

To guarantee immediate, smooth operation in major accidents, the major accident vehicle is equipped with life-saving equipment and materials such as a 6/3 MEGUS , eight additional MEGUS backpacks, five FRED defibrillators, 20,000 litres of medical oxygen, four tents, 50 stretchers, 15 camp beds, “director of operations” kit and much more medical and technical work equipment.

Tyrol financed the major accident and catastrophe vehicle in light of the European Football Championship at a cost of €325,000. This vehicle is an important and sustainable contribution to catastrophe precautionary measures in Tyrol.