The professional fire brigade in Frankfurt am Main has recently taken delivery of two identical rescue vehicles made by Empl. The vehicles enhance the "technical rescue capabilities" of the professional fire brigade in Frankfurt and are tactically integrated into the multi-layered rescue concept.
The city of Frankfurt has approx. 680,000 inhabitants and approx. 300,000 commuters from the neighbouring regions. It is the fifth-biggest city in the Federal Republic of Germany. Frankfurt’s professional fire brigade, with a staff of about 800, is the key unit for providing fire protection, rescue services and technical hazard protection. It is valiantly supported by 28 voluntary fire brigades.
CHASSIS AND SUPERSTRUCTURE
The two identical rescue vehicles are based on MB Actros 2036 AK chasses that have an automatic gearbox and comply with the Euro-5 exhaust gas standard.The superstructure is implemented according to the ultra-light EMPL Fire Fighter 2000 Alu-Tech design. It is torsion-resistant and connected to the chassis at six points. On the right and left side of the vehicle are three tool compartments with powder-coated roller blinds. The rear of the vehicle has a loading tailboard with a carrying capacity of 2,000 kg. The loading compartment at the rear of the vehicle is equipped to hold three roller containers.The standing platforms behind, in front of and above the rear axle can be folded down and allow easy access to the upper parts of the tool compartments. A light mast with four 1000 W halogen floodlights can be turned and swivelled and ensures sufficient illumination of the working area.The device compartments are equipped with LED light bands for internal illumination. The environmental lighting is also implemented with LEDs, which ensures optimal illumination as well as low power consumption and a long service life. The vehicle has a hydraulic pulling device (cable winch) with a nominal pulling force of 80 kN and can be used with a single tackle in the forward direction and a double tackle in the reverse direction.
The vehicles each have a permanently installed generator with 30 kVA power that supplies the electrical devices of the fire-fighting equipment and the fixed installations such as the light mast. The various tool compartments contain 230 and 400 volt sockets. Load on the roof was deliberately avoided, due to the numerous tramway lines with overhead contact wires. The light mast is protected by appropriate insulation. The fire-fighting equipment is stored in swivel compartments, pull-out drawers and roller containers. The roller containers are structured into the three sections "lighting", "cutting and bracing" and "support material". The tool compartments contain, among other things, a dirt-water pump, battery-powered floodlights, a rescue platform, lifting cushions, a motorised angle grinder, various jack hammers and motor saws, a rescue and a sabre-type saw, a hydraulic rescue set, two hydraulic winches, floodlight lamps, a rescue board, two multi-function ladders, a scoop stretcher and a support system. A vice can be mounted on the loading tailboard.