The city ordered a much-needed fire truck on Tuesday – but the logistics equipment truck has a manufacturing time of 18 months and probably won’t be delivered until early 2022.
By then, the new fire station at the Grasacker should also be up and running. The new vehicle is so large that it will only fit in the new building.
Florian block is responsible for awarding contracts at the city. the award committee had already decided some time ago to award the contract to two specialist companies, but in the course of the europe-wide invitation to tender, deadlines for legal certainty had to be waited for first. They have now passed, the city has placed the order. The total value of the new vehicle is 324,000 euros.
The company has the chassis delivered
hensler fahrzeugbau in waldbrunn has the chassis delivered and builds the entire car around it, including the engine and cabin. the standardized roll containers also come from hensler. the contents of the containers, i.e. the firefighting equipment on the vehicle, are supplied by the company carl henkel from bielefeld, Germany.
the long delivery time is fine with fire chief kai tebrun. Although the small emergency vehicle used up to now is getting on in years and has already undergone a number of repairs, it will certainly last for the next one and a half years. Tebrun also pointed out that many manufacturers are experiencing delivery delays due to the corona pandemic.
Contents of the trolley optimally assembled
The roll carts on the new truck are optimally arranged for the fire department’s various purposes. When selecting the material, kai tebrun was assisted by lars dittmann from the city center firefighting team. Some of the containers are already available, some were ordered together with the car, some will already be purchased next year. Among other things, these trolleys contain special extinguishing agents such as metal fire powder, ABC powder and CO2 fire extinguishers.
One container is equipped with special equipment for forest fires, for example when a water extraction point is to be set up with a self-erecting 10,000-liter storage tank.
Portable pump, binding agent and sandbags
Another container contains accessories for a portable fire pump, which is a portable extinguishing water pump that is operated by a genset. The obligatory materials for the unpopular oil spill operations must also be on board the new vehicle: binding agents, brooms and traffic cones. The new truck also has sandbags on board.
One of the trolleys is equipped with breathing apparatus as a reserve. Special mention goes to a roll container for used fire hoses. Until now, dirty hoses have had to be reloaded by hand several times before they arrive at the fire center for cleaning. The new standardized roll container ensures that the hoses can be cleaned without detours and extra work after use during deployment.
Also prepared for an animal rescue
Tebrun lists further accessories: a multifunctional vacuum cleaner, an emergency tent and an emergency site protection system with flashing lights. One of the containers is also equipped for animal rescue: dog box, landing net and snares are on board.