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Firefighting reaches new heights

New firefighting appliances with extended reach are joining Australian rescue services this year. Scania is powering all 15 of new aerial appliances, which are built and supplied by Rosenbauer.

The new vehicles include hydraulic platforms with a working height of over 40 m and compact aerial ladders with a rescue height of 24 m. These aerial rescue systems are mounted on Scania P-series 8x4 or 6x4 CrewCab chassis and are powered by Euro 6 compliant 410 hp engines. They are designed as multi-function or First Attack vehicles, for rescue, firefighting and technical assistance.

The Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency and the Tasmania Fire Service have taken delivery of identical specification vehicles ideal for deployments in Australia's increasingly densely populated inner cities. They can also access restricted headroom areas and be operated within confined spaces.

The ACT ESA and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are also taking delivery of extended height and reach aerial appliances with a working height of 42 m. Risers for electricity, breathing air and extinguishing agent are piped to the rescue cage that can accommodate up to five persons. The Queensland vehicles are also fitted with an on-board pump and tank.

The rescue cage is equipped with a remote-controlled water turret, pressure outlets, a camera system (zoom and infrared camera) on the pan/tilt head and a high-voltage warning device. Automatic functions such as the Target Memory System (TMS) for repeating previously travelled routes, and the automatic retraction of the rescue cage (ARF) from positions with no line of sight make it easier to control the equipment. A rescue ladder attached to the arm set ensures the second escape route.

Scania is a proud supplier of more than 700 rescue vehicles across all Australian states and territories. The New Truck Generation CrewCabs offer spacious interiors, ease of access and egress wearing full breathing apparatus and with Euro 6 compliance, emit far fewer noxious emissions when driving or powering rescue equipment on a call-out. The Scania CrewCab is the safest of its type, with side curtain airbags fitted at all four doors, and a range of other active and passive safety systems included, to ensure that firefighters arrive safely and quickly where they are needed.

Scania legendary reliability and durability makes these vehicles suitable for the extended working lives endured by emergency firefighting equipment in Australia.

Watch the QFES put one of its new appliances through its paces

Pictures courtesy of Rosenbauer