AENA says sí to Scania

AENA says sí to Scania

Spanish airports giant adds 14 new firefighting trucks to its emergency fleet.

AENA, the Spanish airports authority, has made a significant reinforcement to its firefighting and emergency capabilities with the addition of 14 Scania P 490 6×6 fire trucks.

Each of the vehicles is equipped with a 13-litre Scania engine, and nine of the trucks have superstructures built by Iturri, while five have been built by Rosenbauer.

Ideally equipped for all airport emergencies

According to Eurostat, Spain had the third-largest volume of airport traffic in 2017 (after the UK and Germany), with almost 250 million passengers. And for AENA, which counts 46 airports and two heliports in its national network, the Scania P 490 6×6 is ideally equipped for fighting fires and dealing with other airport emergencies safely and quickly.

The new firefighting truck measures up to the stringent specifications that are required by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Crucially, the vehicle has rapid speed of response. When fully loaded it can accelerate from 0 to 80 km per hour in less than 35 seconds, and it has a maximum speed of 100 km per hour.

The firefighting capability is also impressive. It includes a 6,100-litre water tank, a foam tank with a storage capacity of 750 litres and a chemical dust deposit of 225 kilos. The truck also has a water cannon mounted on the ceiling of the cabin that can provide a variable jet for spraying water and foam, at a distance of more than 65 metres. A secondary front cannon under the windscreen has a range of 40 metres.