In 2006, an exciting project began for me in Denmark – the tender for three PANTHER 6×6 for Copenhagen Airport (CPH). I have been enjoying a close working relationship with the largest airport in Scandinavia ever since. Its ideal location close to the capital of Copenhagen and its open and friendly architecture impressed me right away.
With the delivery of the first vehicles in 2007, Rosenbauer began a long-term partnership that continued in 2020 with the delivery of what is now the sixth PANTHER 6×6, this one being from the latest generation.
In addition to ensuring the safety of air traffic, the Rosenbauer PANTHER is also used in the airport’s own training academy to train firefighters from across the globe. State-of-the-art firefighting equipment is put to use with experienced teachers and the most modern training methods.
The training center also has a globally unique ditch simulator, which is not for the faint of heart in winter temperatures…
In addition to the usual PANTHER features, the new ARFF vehicle has a number of technical details that might seem unusual at first for an airport, but which are absolutely essential for compliance with the necessary regulations (EASA):
- Extra wide tires with a tire pressure regulation system to cope with the sometimes swampy grassland both in and around the airport
- A bumper turret (HVLA) for optimal firefighting in the event of an engine or chassis fire
- CAFS on all discharge outlets, including the roof and bumper turrets
- An H5 high-pressure pump for optimal high-pressure extinguishing operations
In addition to the above-mentioned features, the topics of safety and sustainability are particularly important for CPH, which is why the vehicle also has:
- Cabin stability in accordance with ECE 29-R3 (crash-tested)
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Roll Stability Control (RSC)
- BirdView System, for an optimal all-round view
- Extra active carbon filter elements in the crew cab’s ventilation system
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, traveling to Copenhagen is almost impossible for the time being, but I’m already looking forward to another visit to one of the safest airports in Europe!