Rottach-Egern's voluntary fire brigade recently accepted its new fire engine with a portable pump, specially constructed by Empl. The vehicle replaces a 24-year-old previous model for which replacement parts were no longer available.
The 3-axle vehicle from Mercedes is specially designed for complicated operations on rough terrain as well as flood operations due to its fording ability. Additional snow chains add to the usefulness of this small, flexible vehicle.
SPECIALLY CONSTRUCTED FIRE ENGINE WITH PORTABLE PUMP
The fire engine with a portable pump is built around a Mercedes Benz sprinter with crew cabin (1+2+4) on a 6x6 chassis (permitted total weight 7 t). The entire structure is built from aluminium steel profiles on a 4-axle base frame that is elastically connected to the chassis, meaning there is no tension. This guarantees stable handling, even on rough terrain.
On the right and left side respectively, there are two roller shutters with a bar lock fastening, the rear is closed with a rear loading wall. The rear loading wall has a capacity of 1,000 kg. On the platform is a rail that acts as an anti-fall guard in order to guarantee user safety when the rear loading wall is in operation. In the loading tunnel between the equipment boxes there are two roll-off containers, one behind the other. There is also a portable fire pump for attaching a remote-controlled caterpillar track. In terms of technical fire-fighting equipment, there are four compressed-air breathing apparatuses on removable holders and a high-pressure fire-extinguishing system including two foam-concentrate canisters. The high-pressure fire-extinguishing system can be connected to an 800 l fire-extinguishing water tank on a roll-off container.
The roof can be accessed from the rear via a diagonal, retractable ladder. There is a roof box with an integrated LED internal lighting system, a 4-piece scaling ladder and a mechanical LED light tower. The LED roof area lighting is controlled via the ladder. In addition, the vehicle features Can-Bus controls with a display in the driver's cab, a traffic warning device, back-up camera and LED lighting throughout.