Multi-Role Opportunities Prompts MAN 4x4 Selection

Bedfordshire & Luton Fire & Rescue Service has added four MAN TGM 13.280BL 4x4 fire appliances in what the Service sees as a growing requirement to operate vehicles with a ‘multi-role’ capability. The compact 13 tonners are designed for rural fire-fighting duties, but will also be used as front line ‘urban’ machines.

The crew-cabbed TGM middleweights were selected as a result of MAN’s ability to construct a cost effective, dedicated 13 tonner. Equipment includes automatic gearbox, super-single tyres and height-adjustable rear suspension.

“We wanted a best-price fire appliance with great capability,” said Ray Willett, Transport & Engineering Manager, “and MAN has executed exactly the right specification. We also consider it an advantage to operate without AdBlue,” he said, “MAN’s EGR engines are a more practical proposition.”

“Incidences of flooding,” he continued, “are on the up, and, as a result, these vehicles give us greater operational effectiveness – as a pump unit on flooded high-streets, and as a fire-fighter.”

Fire Engineering includes CAFS (Compressed Air Foam Systems), a Fire Fogging System which allows the appliance to tackle fire while on the move, a Godiva 2010 main pump, a carrying capacity of 1,800 litres of water, and a 7.0m ladder. Bodywork is by JDC using ‘Polybuilt’ (plastic) construction.

“The MANs have been fully tested,” said Willett, “both on and off road, and expectations are high for operational service. Future 4x4 pump builds could well hinge on how these MANs perform – and we’re very confident.”