Mercedes-Benz is displaying the ultimate factory-prepared fire-fighting truck solution on its stand.The German company has a long history of making fire and rescue vehicles, and the new Unimog is a prime example of this expertise.
The Unimog U4000/U5000 is a rugged off-road truck with extreme ground clearance, traction and optional wading ability up to 1200mm.
It can also be ordered with a factory installed safety package developed specifically for fire-fighting, which meets the European Fire Services Standard EN1846 Class S3. This includes fire protection from several key components, including steel guards for items such as the air dryer, catalytic convertor, battery and key brake components, while air tanks have been relocated. Fire-proof sheathing has also been fitted to electric cabling, as well as air, hydraulic and fuel lines.
Fire services can also take advantage of an optional hydraulic system that can operate at pressures of up to 240 bar, which can run an oil-driven engine or external controls, as well as a high-speed PTO for use with commercially available hydraulic pumps.
The Unimog has four-wheel drive system with front and rear locking differentials for ultimate traction. It has single tyres, rather than dual tyres that are less suited to off-road work, and an on-board inflation system that allows operators to drop the pressures for greater surface contact on soft ground.
The Unimog is available with a regular or crew cab. It is powered by a Euro V, 4.8-litre in-line four-cylinder producing 218hp, while a new 5.1-litre four-cylinder Euro VI option is also available.