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The Söll Voluntary Fire Brigade recently received a new specially equipped fire-fighting vehicle from Empl in Kaltenbach, Zillertal. The vehicle is equipped with a range of innovations and has been adapted to match the needs of the Söll Voluntary Fire Brigade perfectly.


The fire-fighting vehicle is based on an MAN TGL 8.250 4x2 BL chassis and is equipped with a limited-slip differential gearbox on the rear axle. The vehicle was delivered with larger tyres instead of the standard tyres to achieve better ground clearance. The entire device superstructure with integrated crew compartment was built with the proven Empl Fire-Fighter ALU-Tech system made of aluminium profiles. The chassis can therefore be used without restriction, ensuring optimal use of the technical capabilities of the chassis during operations.



The lorry's original driver's cabin can be tilted while the crew compartment, including the body, remain fixed on the vehicle. The vehicle offers space for a crew of 1+8 (1+1+3+4). The undersides of the seats are device compartments, all of which are secured with Empl bar-lock systems. The interior lighting of the crew compartment with its integrated blue anti-glare facility is based on LEDs. The crew compartment has electrical doors with panorama glass for optimal safety. Climbing in and out is therefore easy, even in very tight spaces such as narrow streets in old cities and tunnels, as the distance between the opening door and the vehicle body is only a few centimetres. The bus doors have an additional safety lock, an emergency operation function and a sliding window that can be locked in any position. The crew compartment has three Empl Eagle respirator holders with a mechanical safety opening integrated into the seat. The grip rods and the steps have integrated LED lighting. LED proximity lighting is located above the crew compartment door and is automatically switched on when the door is opened or the proximity lighting is on.


The device compartment superstructure is equipped with height-adjustable aluminium compartments with C-rails. Smooth anodised aluminium was used for the interior structure instead of embossed steel plates. The equipment compartments on the left and right, as well as at the rear, are sealed against dust and water by electrically operated EMPL covering aluminium roller shutters. The roller shutters and the bus door can be opened by means of illuminated push-buttons and are vandal-proof. The roller shutters extend down to the bottom of the deep storage compartment and are cut to fit the shape. Free-standing bridges are therefore either unnecessary or already installed. 


The portable pump is mounted on an aluminium drawer supported on roller bearings. Aluminium drawers for various digging tools are located above the portable pump. An overpressure ventilation device has been positioned on a rotatable element in the lower floor area. The water fittings are located on a rotatable extension wall. The vehicle also has a suction point box with an integrated seat.


The roof above the entire body is walkable on a single level and can be reached via an access ladder that is mounted at the rear and can be folded down at an angle. The roof gallery has integrated LED proximity lighting as well as lighting for the roof area. A two-section sliding ladder and a roof-box with gas telescope holder for the lid and integrated LED internal lighting are installed on the roof. The vehicle has a pneumatically extending and electrically turning and swivelling LED light mast. The light mast can be completely lowered into the vehicle and closes flush with the roof with the aid of a cover with a pneumatic cylinder. The vehicle can easily and safely be operated using the EMPL HIT-CAN-BUS operating unit with a seven-inch colour display. A noteworthy innovation is the extended programmability of the operating site button. One press of the button at the operating site results in the following: Front flashing lights off, proximity lighting on, pump (not installed in this vehicle) on, bus doors and roller-doors open. A traffic control unit based on LED technology is mounted at the rear. The vehicle has a self-coiling cable and compressed air hose reel, a reversing camera, a manoeuvring spotlight, a search spotlight and additional extras.


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