A super truck for fighting fires

A super truck for fighting fires

Due to climate change, the number of wildfires and forest fires is increasing throughout the world, including in Germany. At the same time, there are more and more floods. This is changing the day-to-day work of fire departments.

To address this need, Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks exhibited a Unimog U 5023 with Rosenbauer TLF 3000 body at RETTmobil 2022 – a leading exhibition for rescue and mobility – in Fulda, Germany, during May.

The extreme off-roader sports an OM 934 high-torque four-cylinder Euro 6 engine with a displacement of 5 132 litres, an output of 170 kW, and an optionally automated manual transmission with a torque of 900 Nm.

The Rosenbauer body has an equipment compartment on each side and a fire-extinguishing pump, powered by the vehicle’s engine, installed at the rear. It can spew 2 000 litres/minute at a pressure of 10 bar and is operated via a digital control panel with a 10-inch colour display.

As a means of protecting the vehicle and occupants during any required evacuation from a danger zone, the TLF 3000 has water nozzles on the underbody and above the cab. An extended heat protection sheathing protects the supply lines to the transmission and all the cables.

In short, it’s a super truck for the heroes that risk their lives to save others.

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Jaco de Klerk

In his capacity as editor of SHEQ MANAGEMENT, Jaco de Klerk is regarded as one of the country’s leading journalists when it comes to the issue of sustainability. He is also assistant editor of FOCUS on Transport & Logistics.
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