With the arrival of the first new Volvo FM Crew cab in Australia, it introduces the possibility of a new Australian made fire truck coming onto the market.
In conjunction with Rosenbauer Australia, this new vehicle has been specially designed and equipped, front to back, with the needs of the firefighter at top of mind.
Volvo Trucks says it has collected feedback from the field to create the safest, most comfortable and effective vehicle for those tasked with protecting the community during times of crisis.
A key focus during the development of the Volvo FM Crew Cab was to create a cab that made a firefighter’s job easier while also supporting the health and well-being of their teams in the challenging conditions they often face.
The new vehicle is available with both 11 and 13 litre engine options with the option of Euro 5 and Euro 6 emissions ratings. Transmission options encompass the 6-speed Powertronic torque converter automatic through to the class leading 12-speed I-Shift AMT with the added option of crawler gears.
“I’m delighted to launch the new Volvo FM Crew Cab. A truck especially designed for firefighters based on real world feedback by firefighters.” said Gary Bone, Vice President, Volvo Trucks Australia. “We asked firefighting crew members for feedback and took on board their answers. We focused on supporting the wellbeing of our firefighters, with better operational logic, keeping information easily accessible at their fingertips and providing better ergonomic features.”
With the introduction of the new model and the capability of Rosenbauer to build fire truck bodies here in Australia, there is a distinct possibility that a fire truck assembled in Australia will be the result.
“This partnership between Volvo Trucks and Rosenbauer Australia brings together two organisations committed to keeping people safe both on and off the road”, says Arthur Wiemer, Managing Director, Rosenbauer Australia.” And it’s a relationship that I’m exceptionally proud of.
“Drawing on global expertise to provide an optimised local solution for Australian firefighters shows that we have both the agility and ability to target the specific requirements of emergency services personnel.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Volvo Trucks with the aim of building these appliances here in Brisbane.”