EMPL, known for its individual special-purpose solutions, recently delivered an innovative large pumper with an extinguishing arm to the factory fire service at Chemiepark Knapsack. The giant fire engine is equipped with some extraordinary special features.
The large pumper, which is equipped with different extinguishing agents, offers the option of emitting water or foam through the EMPL Scorpio extinguishing arm up to a height of 25 m, using a radio remote control or a joystick in the cab.
Yncoris runs the 200 hectare Chemiepark Knapsack chemicals park in North-Rhine Westphalia. Around 30 companies from the chemical industry are based on the extensive premises and benefit from the centrally provided infrastructure and services. The factory fire service with around 40 employees and 12 vehicles is one of the main pillars of the safety concept.
Large pumper with extinguishing arm
The body on an MAN TGS 41.480 8x4 BB chassis with a fully automatic Allison torque converter is equipped with a 9,500 l water tank, a 4,500 l foam tank and a 500 kg powder extinguishing system. Two equipment compartments with solid, powder-coated, lockable, dust-tight and water-tight EMPL aluminium roll-up doors with bar lock closure are installed on each side. All roll-up doors are equipped with self-tightening closing straps. Folding self-supporting platforms are provided on the left and right side, each of which can support a load of 270 kg.
The equipment compartment in the rear features a flap with an integrated roll-up door and houses the type 8.000 installation pump with integrated low-pressure foam addition system and the pump control panel. A 320-l gear pump with hydraulic drive and a 30-l piston pump with electric drive are installed here. Each output can be selected individually – water and water/foam can be run in parallel. Pump & roll operation is also possible. The vehicle is equipped with two A outputs and six B outputs, as well as three A inputs and 6 B inputs and two B filling lines. A 2.500 l/min monitor is installed on the vehicle front.
The roof features the rotating, slewing light mast for near and far field, a 360° bird’s eye view camera, two hose storage boxes for 80 m B hose and 60 m A hose, which are positioned on two electric lowering units, as well as the 25 m aluminium SCORPIO extinguishing arm with a type 4.000 cannon. The extinguishing arm can be rotated through 360° and is supported within the contour markings of the vehicle during operation. An additional B output, a wind measuring device as well as a video and thermal imaging camera system are located at the top of the mast.
A special highlight is that all devices and other loaded equipment are equipped with an RFID system. This means that a tablet mounted in the cab can be used to document and check all fire fighting equipment and to monitor the maintenance intervals. Other smart solutions such as smoke detectors in the equipment compartments, extending barrier tapes and an overpressure rescue device for the machinist were also integrated.
The extensive equipment includes directly linked 2.000 l/min and 4.500 l/min portable cannons, an extinguishing sphere, a compressed air breathing apparatus, rescue devices, work lights, a telescopic ladder, a mist extinguishing system, a pipe sealing kit, hose packages, hydro shields, a foam tube, hand tools, a rescue sheet, a drip pan and a variety of other equipment for hazardous substances.
In addition to other special-purpose vehicles from EMPL, the Scorpio extinguishing arm for the Chemiepark Knapsack factory fire service will be presented to the wider public at this year’s Interschutz trade fair from 20 to 25 June in hall 27 at stand B30.
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