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Brand new and trend-setting - the new logistics vehicle from Rosenbauer combines a highly flexible body concept with a new, innovative electric chassis. It is the first fire engine on a fully electrically powered series chassis, the Volvo FL Electric. The FL series came onto the market in 1985, is now being built in the third generation and in the version up to 16 t gross vehicle weight it is mainly used in local distribution traffic. The chassis has also been available with an electric drive since last year and Rosenbauer is the first fire service outfitter in the world to be able to implement an emergency vehicle on it. Compact electric motor The drive train of the new logistics vehicle consists of a compact electric motor and a 2-speed gearbox, the first gear of which allows starting with maximum torque (425 Nm) even on steep terrain. The output of the electric motor is 165 kW (continuous output) and reaches a peak of up to 200 kW. The motor also acts as a generator, converting the kinetic energy that is normally lost when braking into electrical energy and feeding it back to the traction batteries. The output of the electric motor is 165 kW (continuous output) and reaches a peak of up to 200 kW Up to six 600 V batteries (lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt accumulators) with a capacity of 50 kWh each can be installed in the chassis and provide a range of around 300 km. They are charged either via the on-board chargers with alternating current or at external direct current charging stations. Aluminum sandwich panels The Rosenbauer logistics vehicle has four batteries on board, which provide enough energy for an average logistics operation with arrival and departure, incident lighting (flashing lights, ambient lighting, LED interior lighting) as well as the electrical supply of radios, laptops, hand lamps, chargers, etc. The vehicle has a Rosenbauer CAN bus system, the entire lighting, the reversing camera and the rear microphone can be switched via a 10” display built into the center console of the driver's cab. Sockets are installed both in the driver's cab and in several places in the body. The fire-fighting structure consists of three parts, a workshop room with a work surface, two equipment rooms and a spacious logistics or loading area. The lightweight structure is made of aluminum sandwich panels with reinforcing inserts and is 2.1 meters high (interior light) and can be walked upright over the entire length. Flexible construction concept The workshop room is accessed via a door with an extendable staircase on the right-hand side of the vehicle. The equipment compartments are closed with roller shutters, the equipment deep compartments with flaps which, when open, serve as step flaps. The complete range of the Rosenbauer COMFORT modular system with pull-outs, drawers, revolving compartments, etc. is available for safe storage and optimized removal of the equipment held in the equipment rooms. There is space for up to six roll containers in the rear cargo area of the fully electrically operated vehicle Two shelves are installed in the logistics room and four standard roll containers are transported, which are secured with a lock using a special rail system. Loading and unloading take place via a tail lift with a load capacity of 1,500 kg. There is space for up to six roll containers in the rear cargo area of the fully electrically operated vehicle, which due to the flexible construction concept can be manufactured not only in the present configuration but also with a different room layout and equipment. Anodized aluminum profiles Depending on the requirements of the fire brigade, a wide variety of logistics concepts can be implemented and, for example, equipment trolleys, as standardized in Germany, can be implemented. Just like the vehicle itself, the roll containers (RTE RC profiles) are a completely new development from Rosenbauer. They consist of a robust and stable frame construction made of anodized aluminum profiles connected with corner connectors and can be loaded up to a total weight of 700 kg. Depending on the transport purpose, they are available in a plateau and frame design, with cover plate and shelves, other accessories (forklift runners, crane eyes, towing eyes, straight-line stop, LED lighting) and two or four braked swivel castors. Fully assembled functional units It is operated using a single handle bar that only needs to be pushed down slightly to move the container. If one lets go of the handle again, the brakes are automatically activated and the container stops (dead man's brake). It is operated using a single handle bar that only needs to be pushed down slightly to move the container Basically, the roll cages can be loaded individually, but they are also available in fully assembled functional units: mesh box, suction point (with portable pump, suction hoses and accessories), power / light (with power generator, distributor and LED floodlights), fire fighting (for pressure hoses, jet pipes and powder extinguisher) or water damage (with submersible pumps and associated equipment), to name just a few of the numerous variants. Fire-Fighting equipment Roll containers and fire-fighting equipment are combined to form an overall system with unimagined variability, which is ideally suited to supplying logistical locations. In addition, for the first time there is a fully electric drive with sufficient power and high availability (simple motor, few moving parts, longer service intervals), which has no emissions and is almost noiseless - when idling, the FL Electric is almost 40 dB (Quieter than a Volvo FL with a diesel engine) - can be operated. With this vehicle, the environment and the health of the emergency services can be protected in equal measure. Rosenbauer is once again showing how the latest technologies can be meaningfully integrated into the everyday fire service of the future.
Dealing with megatrends is equated time and again with trying to predict the future - one might wish for that often, but only to a very limited extent. Megatrends are nothing more than a summary of developments and currents that have shaped us as a society in many situations in the recent past - economy, politics, technology, culture and many others - and that are slowly but fundamentally changing the world - like this also the fire service world! Blue light organizations The fire brigade trend map 4.0 provides an overview of the most relevant changes and trends that have a direct or indirect influence on fire brigades, their areas of operation, resources and their environment as a whole. In addition, it also gives an outlook on ‘possible’ future scenarios and framework conditions that the fire brigades could be confronted with. As time also brings new knowledge, the content is checked, updated and revised in regular cycles for their value. Well, what has actually changed since the last fire department trend map? As time also brings new knowledge, the content is checked, updated and revised in regular cycles for their value In principle, it can be anticipated that the megatrends connectivity, neo-ecology, mobility and health have noticeably increased in relevance for the fire service sector. Terms such as digitization, Internet of Things or Big Data are inevitably linked to connectivity which in many ways can be found more and more in the context of the blue light organizations and are gaining acceptance there. Essential key factor Access to and seamless processing of vehicle data as well as traffic and infrastructure information for the benefit of the smooth handling of operations, IOT-supported real-time navigation in closed buildings or robotics systems that carry out autonomous missions are just a few examples that show what is already possible with current technology. The ongoing climate crisis and phenomena such as heavy rain events, prolonged periods of heat and devastating forest fires have brought environmental concerns back into the limelight among people and politics. The intensity and frequency with which such weather phenomena occur present the fire brigades with challenges that are difficult to overcome. In this context, prevention and early detection become an essential key factor. The megatrend neo-ecology also deals intensively with sustainable technologies. Accidental electric vehicles The main focus of the health megatrend is people's increasing health awareness Alternative forms of propulsion and energy generation play a major role, which fire brigades will increasingly be confronted with in the future - especially when it comes to dealing with accidental electric vehicles, lithium-ion battery fires, etc. Linked to this is the megatrend of mobility, in which, in addition to the topic of autonomous driving, car sharing and micro mobility, drones, whether as manned air taxis or unmanned, autonomously flying transport units, are gaining in importance. When it comes to security, the General Data Protection Regulation and the topic of cybercrime are particularly important cornerstones that must be considered. But smart homes are also a potential risk when it comes to cybercrime - whether they have positive advantages for their users. The main focus of the health megatrend is people's increasing health awareness. Fire service sector In the fire service sector, this is noticeable, among other things, in that more and more attention is paid to emergency site hygiene, strict black-and-white separation in the event of pollution or the reduction of physical stress is respected. In the future, the monitoring of vital and health parameters, which is now easily possible using conventional fitness watches and straps, can reduce the health risk during strenuous activities. One trend that has been boosted by the current COVID-19 pandemic is new work One trend that has been boosted by the current COVID-19 pandemic is new work. Mobile workplaces and home offices have caused an uproar in the world of work in recent months and are forcing companies to rethink their approach to more flexible working methods. In comparison, the globalization trend is experiencing a slight damper - it is currently being rethought. Essential influencing factors Since the importance of shortened supply chains and regional productions has become apparent in the last few months, regional and local added value in particular is gaining relevance again. Of course, the silver society megatrends, gender shift, knowledge culture, individualization and urbanization continue to have an impact on the fire brigade and its environment, albeit not with the same intensity as those mentioned above. Likewise, in discussions with fire service experts and on the basis of secondary research results, four drivers were defined which should be considered as essential influencing factors for the entire fire service trend landscape, regardless of trend influences. On the one hand, this concerns the speed and dynamism with which trends prevail and new technologies are established, and on the other, migration and politics, which specifies the relevant framework conditions and thus exerts a constant influence on the fire service. If one would like to know what exactly is behind the mega and macro trends, Rosenbauer would like to invite everyone to take a look at the digital Rosenbauer fire department trend map.
The Heathrow Airport Fire & Rescue Service is now able to tackle a broad range of incidents more quickly and efficiently after commissioning a pair of highly specialized domestic response units based on Mercedes-Benz chassis. The Sprinter 519 CDI chassis cabs were supplied by Dealer Rossetts Commercials to Rosenbauer UK, a subsidiary of the Austrian group that is one of the manufacturers of firefighting equipment. Replacements for a single 18-tonne domestic appliance, the new vehicles offer a major increase in operational flexibility. Being smaller and more agile, they are better able to get through traffic on the roads in and around the UK’s busiest airport. Strict performance standards And although each has seating for four, they will typically be manned by a crew of two. This means Chief Fire Officer Gary Barthram and his commanders can respond to two emergency calls simultaneously. The Heathrow Airport Fire & Rescue Service works to strict performance standards laid down by the Civil Aviation Authority and its fleet includes a number of larger appliances which would be used in the event of a fire or other major incident involving an aircraft. It also provides cover for the area within and around the airport boundary, which means its firefighters are regularly called upon to deal with anything from a domestic blaze, to a car crash, or a serious medical call. It is for these, more general incidents that the new Sprinters were commissioned, and Rosenbauer’s Compact Line Superstructure is purpose-designed to carry as much as possible of the specialist equipment that crews are likely to need to get the job done. High-Pressure hose The air-conditioned Sprinters have 5.5-tonne gross weights, uprated from the standard 5.0 tonnes The air-conditioned Sprinters have 5.5-tonne gross weights, uprated from the standard 5.0 tonnes. Range-topping V6 engines – limited to 56 mph unless the vehicle is responding to a 999 call – transmit their 190 hp outputs via six-speed manual gearboxes. These were chosen instead of the seven-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic which is fitted as standard on the rear-wheel drive 519 CDI model, as it meant Rosenbauer could also specify the engine-driven 40 kW PTOs (power-take-offs) used to drive the 20 BAR pumps on each appliance. Other features of the body include a 600-liter water tank, 60 meters of electrically-rewound 22 mm bore hose and a further 60 meters of ‘lay flat’ high-pressure hose, an additional battery and air compressor to operate the body and firefighting systems, and a full complement of blue roof beacons and LED warning lights, plus a siren/wailer. Thermal image camera Among the equipment stowed on-board, meanwhile, are four sets of breathing apparatus, a multi-purpose ladder, RTC (road traffic collision) cutting equipment and a reciprocating saw, a thermal image camera and a portable pump. An established Rosenbauer customer, Heathrow Airport Fire & Rescue Service confirmed its order for the two new vehicles after members of its team visited Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service to see three Compact Line appliances also based on Sprinter chassis supplied by Rossetts Commercials, which entered service last year. Providing emergency care Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark Summerhill, who led the project, said: “Unlike most firefighters we are employed by a business, not a public body, so while saving lives and serving the public will always be our number one priority, we’re also particularly conscious of the need to prove value for money, and keep the airport moving, particularly in these challenging times.” The bulk of our work entails responding to alarms and dealing with small fires" “The bulk of our work entails responding to alarms and dealing with small fires in domestic and commercial properties, road accidents and medical incidents such as cardiac arrests – we’ve all been trained to provide emergency care and can often do so before an ambulance reaches the scene. These fantastic vehicles allow us to be more agile and dynamic in the way we do so. We can cover two incidents at the same time, and if it’s more serious and we need to increase our resilience we can send a crew of four rather than just the usual two, or, indeed, direct both vehicles to attend.” Local authority fire teams Mr Summerhill continued: “Weight is always an issue with firefighting appliances but given their compact size our new domestic response units are exceptionally well equipped. This means that when we’re dealing with fires, for example, they give us a really good ‘first strike’ attack capability – if we don’t put it out completely, we can at least hold it back until the local authority fire teams arrive.” He added: “We took a lot of advice before confirming our order. We need absolute reliability from our kit, and Rosenbauer’s recommendation of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter as a base chassis was borne out by the other fire services and fleet managers we spoke to.” Enthusiastic and highly responsive “These vehicles are easy to drive and exceptionally maneuverable, which is a huge advantage on such a busy airport. They’re also really well thought out in terms of their design. We began working on this project four years ago but the time and effort we’ve committed has been well worthwhile, because we couldn’t be happier with our new vehicles.” Rosenbauer UK Managing Director Nick Uwins said his company had also recently built vehicles for Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, based on chassis supplied by Rossetts Commercials. Commenting on the service provided by the Dealer’s Off-Road & Blue Light Sales Specialist Martin Gearing, he said: “Martin’s a great guy to work with. He’s very enthusiastic and highly responsive, so that if ever I need a quote, or some information, I know I can rely on him to get back to me very quickly.”