Vive la France!

In future, Metz Service18 will overhaul every type of French fire service vehicle, from aerials to ARFFs and wildland fire trucks to municipal firefighting vehicles.

As part of its official launch, the doors of the Metz Service18 in Chambéry, which derives its name from the French emergency number “18”, were open to visitors for two days. The opening ran parallel with the Congrès National des Sapeurs-Pompiers de France, an annual specialist event, which this year was held for the 120th time.

The Congrès not only sees a gathering of firefighters from across the nation, but also a fire industry fair and exhibition. Each year, this major occasion attracts up to 50,000 visitors and at the 2013 event some 250 vehicles were on display. As the fire industry’s leading vehicle producer, Rosenbauer was present and one again underlined its technological leadership in the branch. The new L32A-XS, a B32 and a B42 on Scania were all on show, along with the PANTHER S for Lyon Airport and a municipal pumper from the CL series. 

The combination of the opening of Metz Service18 and the Congrès National des Sapeurs-Pompiers de France was only logical and naturally enough the delegates received an open invitation to view the facilities for themselves and obtain information about the service and maintenance range on offer. A fully overhauled aerial ladder, a brand new L32A-XF on MB Econic and an AT, which had been tailor made to precisely meet the needs of the French market, proved to be the focus of interest. 
The ceremonial opening was headed by Josselin Tricot, the Metz Service18 CEO, along with Dieter Siegel, the Group CEO, Gottfried Brunbauer, the Group CTO, Michael Kristeller, the Metz Aerials CEO, and numerous representatives of the Fench fire services.

The new service facility in Chambéry further enlarges the Rosenbauer Group’s service network and with Josselin Tricot’s team of sixteen mechanics in the workshops and the mobile service unit, it can now provide a complete range of assistance for the French fire services.