Compact design combined with maximum performance
When the fire service is called, every second counts. However, large emergency vehicles often reach their limits particularly in tight little alleyways in old towns or on rough terrain in mountainous regions. These limits can sometimes be life-threatening if emergency workers and equipment cannot get to the scene of an incident quickly enough. By contrast, the 1.70-metre-wide narrow-track transporters Aebi MT750/MT740 (1.60 metre on the Aebi MT720) can maneuver with ease even in narrow little alleys and, with a fire-fighting attachment, it offers the full range of functions of larger emergency vehicles. With 115 kW (156 hp) and a VM turbo diesel engine (Euro 6) with six cylinders, the top-of-the-range model delivers plenty of power on the road. With all-wheel drive including a gear reduction ratio and locking differential, the Aebi MT is also an ideal off-road companion. An ergonomically designed 3-seater or 2-seater cabin provides a very pleasant and comfortable drive.
In collaboration with bodywork manufacturer FENIKS, Aebi Schmidt Spain presented the Aebi MT750 with special fire-fighting equipment in February at the SICUR, the International Security, Safety and Fire Exhibition. The vehicle combines a compact design with maximum performance and is in no way inferior to larger fire-fighting vehicles in terms of performance or equipment. Its slim design makes the Aebi MT easily manoeuvrable. At the same time, the transporter permits high payloads of up to 4,800 kg. A water tank with 1,000 l capacity can be carried along and can optionally be increased to 2,000 l. A high-performance fire-fighting pump with automatic priming can deliver up to 1,000 l of water per minute at 10 bars and 250 l per minute at 40 bars. Two water connections of 45 mm at low pressure and one water connection of 25 mm at high pressure are available. The rear-mounted control panel features a display, a manometer, a working hour counter and activation via CAN-BUS. The demountable equipment is made of anodised aluminium panels with shutters on the sides and at the rear. A flashing light bar with a siren is mounted on the roof of the driver’s cab and a light mast with powerful spotlights can be installed at the rear to illuminate the fire scene. The equipment also includes a portal ladder system, steps for easy access to the equipment, a quick-start system as well as a winch. High-quality hoses, the latest generation of piercing nozzles and water mist extinguishing systems, an electric ventilator and electric generator as well as a chain saw, 3 SCBAs (self-contained breathing apparatus) and various tools are also on board. The special equipment additionally includes a system management for vehicle stability, a bolt cutter, a drone fitted with a camera to record the operation from a bird’s eye perspective as well as a suction pump.
The Aebi MT with fire-fighting equipment has already proved its worth in the narrow streets of Seville. We wish the “red rescuer” and its crew good trips and safe operations at all times.