At the beginning of 2019, the Hitzendorf Fire Department set up a vehicle committee to handle the procurement of a replacement emergency vehicle. At the outset they were still discussing whether this should take the form of an KLWA (small truck with all-wheel drive) with tail lift, or another KLFA (small firefighting vehicle with all-wheel drive). The decision was made in favour of a KLFA, i.e. it should be another “emergency vehicle“. On a Mercedes Benz Sprinter 519 CDI panel van, 4×4 with 190 hp, and a maximum permissible total weight of 5.5 tons!
The vehicle tender was created and published. After various vehicle inspections and offer comparisons, the best bidder decision for a CT Van from the Compact Technology series was made in our favour.
The deciding factors for the fire department were the quality of the workmanship, the functional glass fibre reinforced plastic roof with its glare-free LED scene lighting, and integrated blue LED flashing lights. We also won over with our on-site service, e.g. with the maintenance of a FOX III portable fire pump, which has been in use at the Hitzendorf Fire Department since 2015.
Alongside its mandatory load, the KLFA has an additional 14 kVA power generator with appropriate accessories, foam compound equipment, a chainsaw with accessories, two submersible pumps, a floating suction device, and equipment for accident scene protection.
The KLFA’s crew cab is equipped with a radio map table, 230 V supply via a 1,000 VA inverter, blue LED flashing lights at the front, sides and rear, LED scene lighting on the sides and at the rear, a traffic guidance system, reversing camera and a roof box.
Three slide trays for portable fire pumps, a power generator and various accessories, as well as four removable drawers facilitate the ergonomic removal of the equipment from the rear.
In April 2020, in the middle of the first COVID-19 lockdown, the new KLFA was delivered to the Hitzendorf Fire Department. Due to the COVID-19 measures, acceptance, handover and training were a very special challenge for everyone involved.