The SDIS 37 (the state fire brigade of the Departements Indre-et-Loi) relies on 2,160 firefighters to protect an area of 6,100 km2 as well as 610,000 residents. The “Tours Centre” fire department in the heart of the region’s largest city with nearly 140,000 residents is the largest one with 12,000 operations every year, including 600 fire fighting calls.
In response to the large volume of operations, SDIS 37 sought in March 2018 to round out its fleet of emergency vehicles for the department with a powerful but also particularly innovative TLF type rescue vehicle. “This is the result of a working group set up over 1.5 years ago,” says Commander Philippe Breton, head of logistics at SDIS 37.
Responding to the very detailed specifications of the European call for tender published in March 2017, Rosenbauer France’s sales team offered the SDIS 37 an AT series emergency vehicle on a TGM 15.290 Euro 6 chassis from MAN.
This AT rescue fire fighting vehicle was designed for urban operations and offers features that shake up the usual French customs and concepts a bit. This includes, among other things:
- an AT crew cab integrated in the Rosenbauer firetruck superstructure; the firefighters of the SDIS 37 especially appreciate the safe access via the revolving steps and ergonomical fire & safety equipment,
- electro-pneumatically controlled side outlets, which are operated via the LCS 2.0 display installed in the pump room,
- easier access to the N35 pump thanks to swing-out holders on the two mobile reels,
- a hose reel with a 42-m long dimensionally stable DN 32 hose, which is installed at the rear on the right side and which achieves 500 l/min at the nozzle,
- an electronic Rosenbauer Digimatic 42 proportioner with proportioning from 0.1 to 6%,
- specific holders for hoses, including a continuous hose box in the front area with hoses in bays, as well as shoulder hoses on tilting devices, and
- a Rosenbauer EPS XS 10 kVA built-in generator.
“It’s never easy to change the way we work, but the characteristics of the Rosenbauer AT rescue fire fighting vehicle and ergonomic handling are exactly what we expect,” said Commander Breton at the official handover of the vehicle to the “Tours Centre” fire department.