Empl Germany recently delivered an ultra-modern HLF 20 to the main fire station in Neustadt an der Weinstraße. The vehicle equipment covers a wide range of features that make the work of the voluntary fire brigade much easier.
This city in the Palatinate, with a population of about 54,000, is approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Ludwigshafen and is renowned as a centre of the German wine industry. It comprises the city itself and nine additional suburbs with several fire stations. The vehicle was completed in time for the 150-year anniversary of the voluntary fire brigade and replaces a 37-year-old TLF 16/25 at the main fire station.
The HLF can be used for various services such as fire-fighting/protection and technical accident support. The cabin with five respirator holders is attached in a way that prevents distortion; it includes the driver’s cabin and has space for nine people.
The chassis used is a MAN TGM 13.290 4x4 BL in Pollution Class Euro 5 with a ZF TipMatic gearbox. The superstructure consists of seven equipment rooms built with Empl fire-fighter sandwich panels. All lights on the vehicle are LED-based. The pneumatically telescopic light-mast is equipped with 6 x 24 V xenon spotlights. A ladder that can be folded out at an angle and two holding devices for a hose reel and a mobile reel are attached to the rear of the vehicle.
The heart of the vehicle is an FPN 10-2000 rotary fire-fighting pump made by Empl, which is driven by the vehicle’s engine. This pump is installed at the rear and is completely maintenance-free, as it requires no oil. The pump is fed from a 2000-litre water tank.
Theextensive equipment includes a four-section scaling ladder and a three-section sliding ladder on the roof. The vehicle was equipped with an appropriate heavy-duty rescue platform and comprehensive hydraulic rescue equipment for rescuing people from vehicles. The vehicle also has a roof case and an air-flow feed with an automatic separating function.