Empl recently exported three rescue vehicles with disaster relief equipment to China. These heavy three-axle vehicles are equipped with bull bars and their most visible characteristic is a powerful transportable fork-lift at the rear.
Empl has been successful in the fire-fighting sector in China for many years. Dozens of special vehicles of various series – two-way vehicles, “Doublehead” tunnel fire-fighting vehicles, HAZMAT giants and earthquake rescue vehicles – have been delivered to China in recent years. Another three identical vehicles have now been handed over to the customer in China.
RESCUE VEHICLES FOR DISASTER RELIEF
The vehicles are based on MAN TGS 26.440 6x4 BB chassis. They are specially equipped for use in disaster areas (earthquake zones, flood regions, etc.) and therefore carry a wide range of equipment. The rescue vehicles have an unusually high number of hydraulic rescue devices (spreaders, scissors, cylinders, etc.) and lifting cushions, together with hydraulically and electrically powered special rescue devices (angle-grinder, chain-saw, chisel hammer, submersible pump, etc.). A hydraulically powered 50 kVA generator, including a quick-action power cable reel with a 50-metre cable, was also installed. The vehicles carry additional equipment such as gas-measuring devices, jumping cushions, rescuing bridges, mobile water tanks, an oxygen supply bag, medical equipment, etc.
A winch attached to the frame is also included in the vehicle equipment. The specially developed winch system with a tractive force of 9 tonnes can be used to pull from the front or the rear.
Transportable fork-lifts are docked to the rear of the vehicles to assist in fast handling of logistics tasks such as manoeuvring heavy loads, building dams, etc. The fork-lifts are diesel-powered, can negotiate inclines of up to 30% – even in difficult terrain – and have a lifting force of 2.5 tonnes when the lifting beam is retracted. It was a special challenge for Empl engineers to position the fork-lifts in a way that minimises effects on cross-country mobility while facilitating quick dispatch.