This year’s annual Australian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) conference, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 27 to 30 August enabled IVECO to display its fire fighting prowess with two distinctly different vehicles selected from the company’s Magirus division.
On display was an M42L-AS Turntable Ladder appliance and a Dual Cab ML140 Eurocargo 4×4 tanker.
The Eurocargo ML140 4×4 heavy tanker features a Bell Environmental body for rural firefighting and is powered by a 5.9 litre turbodiesel engine producing 205kW (129hp) and 950Nm of torque. It’s coupled to a six-speed automated manual transmission with a full-time 4×4 driveline with standard front, centre and rear locking differentials and hub reduction to both axles. The cab provides plenty of room for the driver and up to four crew in full turn-out gear.
The second display vehicle, a European-designed M42L-AS Turntable Ladder appliance is built by Magirus on a Eurocargo 4×2 platform and features a three person / 500kg working cage that’s capable of working at heights of up to 42 metres. The model also has many other cage and design options available if required.
This appliance is ideal for a range of firefighting applications including: general firefighting, firefighting from height as well as a range of rescue and inspection tasks such as: civilian rescue from height, tree and debris clearing, bridge incident and inspection. The M42L-AS’s cage can even be used as a point from which to abseil during rescues.
IVECO Emergency Service & Specialised account manager, Rory Wale, said IVECO’s AFAC display provided attendees with a sample of IVECO’s diverse emergency service capabilities.
“For traditional firefighting applications particularly in regional and remote areas, the Eurocargo 4×4-based appliances are increasingly becoming a favourite around the country,” Mr Wale said.
“The combination of a high output engine with smooth power delivery, superior ergonomics for driver and crew and unparalleled off-road ability, make it difficult for other manufacturers to match this product. IVECO’s close association with sister brand Magirus, a dedicated manufacturer of firefighting appliances, provided many opportunities to showcase these specialised vehicles to Australian audiences and prospective customers.
“Magirus developed the first turntable ladder appliance and remains a leader in turntable ladder technology. The company has a long and proud heritage in Europe offering a broad range of innovative turn-key firefighting solutions. Increasingly, the brand is now being considered more greatly in the Australian and New Zealand markets and response to Magirus products is extremely positive,” he added.