The following article was featured on “Behindthewheel.com.au” and we thought it would be appreciated by our members too. There’s a couple of issues here that we believe are important to specifically name:
- the need to keep tabs on the latest technology and tools available to help all emergency services be safer and more efficient, and
- while we can’t endorse this particular appliance for any Brigade in WA (because we haven’t seen it), the fact that the NSW RFS has already put then to work in their brigades goes to the argument for a specialist service here in WA. The current situation is that DFES is working on the theory that fewer appliance types equals better efficiency – and we agree that is an outcome if you only look at procurement and maintenance costs. But we have always and will continue to advocate strongly for a much less rigid view that allows for regional fit-for-purpose solutions, arguing that the total cost of an appliance also needs to consider effectiveness, safety (risk) and reliability in the context it was meant for.
Anyway, we think it’s a great article regardless of the important messages within and hope our members enjoy reading it.
The countdown is on to one of the big events on the truck industry calendar – the annual Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) conference.
Being held in Sydney this year, Isuzu will once again be on hand and ready to show their latest emergency services related vehicles and products to key decision makers.
Probably the Isuzu offering that will capture the most attention is ‘The Weapon’.
The new mobile fire-fighting truck (as seen above) was engineered by Isuzu and has already been put to work by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS).
The truck has benefited from a range of modifications and enhancements, including:
- Internally reinforced front doors that open to 90°
- Heavy duty non-slip entry steps
- Reverse alarm
- Heated/powered convex spot mirrors
- Combination brake/turn/reverse and marker lamps
- Hill Start Aid
But the biggest addition to the 6×4 Isuzu F-Series truck is the Compressed Air Foam (CAF) system.
Developed by Isuzu Engines in conjunction with the RFS, Manager Industrial/Marine Engines at Isuzu, Dean Whitford, tells us the CAF system is was tailor-made for local conditions.
“The RFS was looking for a firefighting system that could pump a mix of fire-retardant foam and water from a tank, then through a cannon housed at the front of a truck.
“They had a 200hp pump but not an engine to match it.
“But matching a 200hp engine and a 200hp pump meant we’d run into size and weight issues, so we engineered a solution based on heat exchange to keep the engine cool.”
by Simon Lai | August 28, 2017 | Behind the Wheel