Many fire departments and plant fire services are faced with the question: which type of aerial rescue vehicle should we purchase? This is a bit like asking: racehorse or thoroughbred – both are good horses, but each has different strengths and characteristics.
With aerial rescue vehicles, both systems can be used:
- To rescue people from emergencies
- To fight fires
- To perform rescue operations
One or the other may be better depending on the version only.
|Top performers (e.g. in the 30-m height class):||Turntable ladder||Hydraulic platform|
|Set-up time (travel time to the deployment position)||X|
|Low total weight (without limiting performance capabilities)||X|
|Cage live load||=||=|
|Live load of the stretcher support||X|
|Water discharge of the turret||X|
|Jacking width (setting up on FW footprints)||X|
|Articulating boom (better guidance with obstacles)||=||=|
|Large working platform with swiveling cage||X|
|Set-up on a slope (terrain regulation)||X|
|Working in windy conditions||X|
|Equipped with extinguishing agent tank and pump||X|
This is why turntable ladders are mainly used by urban fire departments, because the speed of rescue is still paramount, the high live load of the stretcher support, the small jacking width as well as the use in weight-restricted areas of the city.
Plant fire departments favor the high turret output, the large swiveling cage, the use with extinguishing agent tanks and pump, and are therefore well equipped with a hydraulic platform.