In action where others are on holiday


With the new TLF 4000, the Zinnowitz fire department on Usedom will significantly increase its extinguishing power for operations.

While others head out on vacation, this crew is busy working. For the 37 colleagues of the active fire brigade of the Zinnowitz fire department, this is nothing new. The Baltic seaside resort on the island of Usedom with around 4,100 inhabitants, from which the fire department takes its name, has its population quadrupled by tourists during the summer months. There are many attractive reasons to take a vacation here: Zinnowitz is one of the sunniest places in Germany and one of the most beautiful seaside resorts, with a charming city center reminiscent of a spa town. A kilometer-wide, fine sandy beach invites you to either settle into a deckchair or to partake in one of the many sporting activities that the town has to offer. In addition, a second lagoon coastline allows sailors and water sports enthusiasts to make the most of their trip. And, between these, fields and meadows as well as pine and beech forests - a true haven of peace and relaxation.

However, the very things that attract holidaymakers and the tourist industry pose numerous challenges for the Zinnowitz volunteer fire department. In the summer months it is confronted by an increased risk of forest fires combined with simultaneous shortages of water. That is why the department's vehicles need to carry large quantities of extinguishing water for combating forest and field fires, as fire chief Kai Goyer explains:

Mr. Goyer, what is the tactical concept behind the purchase of the new TLF 4000?

Kai Goyer: It will significantly increase the effectiveness of extinguishing operations. With the new TLF, we can bring 4,000 liters of water and a full crew with SCBA to the scene of the emergency. This means that we can also revolutionize our operational concept: In the event of a fire, the extinguishing truck can now always be deployed first and independently and, for the extinguishing water supply over a long distance, in addition to the built-in pump (N35 FPN 10-3000, note), it also has a FOX S portable pump (PFPN 10-1000, note) on board.

In the future, we will use our HLF 20/16 as a rapid deployment vehicle for technical assistance and, if necessary, use its 2,000 liters of water capacity in an auxiliary role during firefighting operations. With these two vehicles alone, we are able to deliver 6,000 liters of water - three times the previous amount - to the scene. In addition, the deployment of the TLF allows us to take advantage of our MTW for use as a replenishment and supply vehicle in many instances.

How many and what type of deployments do you undertake each year?

Kai Goyer: Last year there were a total of 68 calls involving the 37 active members, of which 39 were rescue missions, 28 firefighting missions, and one training drill. The technical and rescue missions ranged from the opening of emergency doors, through the rescue of people and animals, to traffic accidents, while the firefighting operations included small, large, and also forest and grass fires.

Why did you opt for an all-wheel drive vehicle version for the new TLF 4000?

Kai Goyer: The working group selected the all-wheel drive chassis in order to facilitate off-road operations, to the extent that the loaded weight of the TLF permits. The north of the island of Usedom is extensively forested, and in the summer months the risk for forest fires is very high. In addition, Zinnowitz is surrounded by agricultural land. In order to be able to efficiently deploy the TLF in the face of all these challenges, the vehicle is equipped with self-protection nozzles and pump & roll operation capacities.

How do you make use of the in-built DIGIMATIC42 foam pressure proportioning system and the RM25C roof monitor?

Kai Goyer: With the DIGIMATIC42, we are breaking new ground and, first and foremost, it helps us to achieve our goal of becoming faster and safer in fighting fires. It allows us to guarantee the continuous release of water with a foam compound from the second we arrive on scene. On the one hand, we can use it to generate fine droplets of water in order to achieve better penetration and cooling of the burning material with less water, while on the other we can increase the proportion of the foam concentrate at the push of a button when the suffocating effect of extinguishing foam is needed. With 500 liters, we have more than enough foam concentrate on board for this.

However, we've been fighting fires using remote-controlled monitors for many years. In addition to the TLF, for example, there is a similar turret mounted on the cage of our turntable ladder. We usually use them when large amounts of water and long throw ranges are required, for example to extinguish fires while also protecting our emergency crews by keeping them at a safe distance.

What vehicles does your fleet consist of?

Kai Goyer: Our fleet consists of the new TLF 4000, an HLF 20/16 and an L32A-XS turntable ladder, all from Rosenbauer, as well as a crew transporter with trailer. An extinguishing assault group vehicle equipped with a FOX 3 and hose transport trailer (editorial note: Robur LF 8 - TS - STA), which we've used since 1982, will be decommissioned as a result of the acquisition of the new TLF.

Three vehicles from Rosenbauer - That sounds like a satisfied customer!

Kai Goyer: You could say that. Our working group had positive experiences working with the Rosenbauer teams on the procurement of the HLF 20/16, built in 2005 and the DLK 23/12, built in 2014, and our collaborations were based on trust and have proven very successful.

Many thanks for the interview.

The Zinnowitz fire department in numbers

Members:

  • 37 in the fire brigade
  • 25 in the children's and youth fire brigade
  • 12 volunteers

Operations in 2019:

  • 39 technical rescues
  • 28 firefighting operations
  • 1 training exercise

Fleet:

  • TLF 4000
  • HLF 20/16
  • DLK 23/12
  • MTW with trailer