Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Hino Australia, will showcase its cutting-edge 500 Series Standard Cab range at this year’s Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) exhibition in Melbourne from 27 to 30 August.
The company will display two key customer emergency services vehicles based on the 500 Series Standard Cab model, which the company claims is the safest Japanese-built medium-duty truck in the Australian market.
“Safety is paramount in any operational capacity but that’s particularly heightened with the applications in which these vehicles are utilised by the emergency services,” said Hino Australia Manager Product Strategy, Daniel Petrovski.
The Hino stand will feature a Victorian State Emergency Services’ (SES) all-new 500 Series Standard Cab Automatic FD 1124 crew cab model.
It incorporates a ‘Heavy Rescue’ body fitted by SEM Fire and Rescue, a specialist in the design, manufacture and service of special-purpose vehicles.
The body features an extruded aluminium frame supported by a galvanised steel sub frame, equipment lockers fitted with lockable aluminium roller shutters and a hydraulic rear lift-up door.
The vehicle is also fitted with a front-mounted electric winch, four-metre pneumatic light mast, 8 kVA hydraulic system, a 240v generator and central locking.
Also on the Hino stand at AFAC will be a Country Fire Authority (CFA) Medium Tanker built on a Hino 500 Series GT 4x4 1322 crew cab chassis and featuring an Allison 2500 Series automatic transmission.
“This is another body manufactured by SEM Fire and Rescue, comprising a galvanised steel tray and roll-over frame along with aluminium chequer plate panelling and aluminium tray lockers,” said Petrovski.
The pump is a GAAM Mk300D and FireCo Ultra High Pressure (UHP) pump which is directly coupled to a HATZ diesel engine to produce a nominal capacity of 900 litres of water per minute at 700kPa and 25 litres per minute at 10,000kPa. It is also fitted with a Quenchmaster CF700CFA-24V Class "A" Foam Proportioning System.
“Significantly, both these vehicles feature an Allison automatic transmission and that is reflective of trends across the road transport industry, where the safety and economy offered by a true automatic transmission are highly valued,” said Petrovski.
“We will also be sharing a new and highly anticipated update to one of our popular models within the emergency services, fire and land management sector.”
The AFAC exhibition will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 27 to 30 August.