Rosenbauer and Sasgar successful at the AFAC Bushfire CRC 2013

The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, or AFAC, is the peak body responsible for representing fire, emergency services and land management agencies in the Australasian region. Each year AFAC and the Bushfire CRC hold a large conference and an emergency services trade expo allowing worldwide suppliers and manufacturers involved in the industry to exhibit their latest products. This year the AFAC Bushfire CRC conference 2013 was held in the Melbourne convention and exhibition centre. As it was AFAC's 20th Anniversary this year, the event was widely anticipated attracting over 1900 delegates which is a record attendance for the AFAC Bushfire CRC conference. The trade exhibition was also the largest trade exhibition ever held, with 111 separate trade displays covering the expo hall making it the biggest emergency trade expo ever held in the Southern Hemisphere.

Represented by diversity

Sasgar Fire and Rescue, Rosenbauer Internationals representative in Australia and the Pacific islands, showed a strong and pronounced presence with the biggest display area at the trade exhibit at AFAC 2013. Sasgar was fortunate enough this year to play host to several representatives from both Rosenbauer International and Metz Aerials providing valuable product knowledge whilst bringing an international presence to the Sasgar exhibit. A large array of products from Rosenbauer and Metz were successfully displayed this year. Amongst this diverse range of great products was the Metz L32A-XS turntable Aerial ladder which was especially shipped over to Australia by Metz direct from its promotional tour in Asia. This vehicle generated a great deal of interest from several State Fire Authorities including one of which finalised a contract for the delivery of the first Metz L20 FA aerial ladder to the Australian Municipal market, due for delivery mid next year.

In addition to the vehicles displayed, Sasgar was also very pleased to display a large range of equipment including the new range of PPE that Rosenbauer has released this year including the FIRE MAX 3 turnout suit, the SAFE GRIP 3 structural firefighting gloves and the new TWISTER and the new TWISTER-cross fire and rescue boots. These new innovative products generated a great deal of interest amongst some of the PPE procurement representatives from the fire authorities with some expressing interest in future product evaluation trials and others who have already introduced some of these new Rosenbauer PPE products into their current product trial programs.

Other products showcased included the new Wildfire PPE products such as the wildfire helmet and turnout gear that have been developed by Rosenbauer to suit the Australian rural/wildfire market . Australia currently has over 15,000 full time firefighters and over 200,000 rural/volunteer firefighters who are often faced with some of most treacherous wildfires. These rural/volunteer firefighters are relied upon heavily by the Australian and State governments during the hot summer fire season to serve local communities and are supplied with vehicles, firefighting equipment and PPE to protect them whilst serving. For the first time having these new Rosenbauer products designed for the rural firefighters will enable Sasgar to offer much more competitive PPE gear than ever before which is an exciting prospect for the future of Rosenbauer PPE in Australia. All in all Rosenbauer and Sasgar look forward to another successful event next year at AFAC 2014 in Wellington New Zealand.