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Isuzu to present fire-fighting truck at AFAC17

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) will present its fire-fighting truck ‘The Weapon’ at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council’s (AFAC) conference, AFAC17, in Sydney at the International Convention Centre from 4-7 September.

“Isuzu is thrilled to be heading back to AFAC and it’s great to have something of such practical value to offer our vital fire and emergency services organisations,” said IAL National Sales Manager, Les Spaltman.

“This year we’ll be showcasing a vehicle known as ‘The Weapon’, which has been engineered by Isuzu and Isuzu Engines and used by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) to combat bushfires,” he said.

‘The Weapon’ is a 2015 model FVZ 1400 6x4, which hosts driver and passenger airbag with seatbelt pretensioner, has an ECE-R29 compliant cab, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), coil spring cab suspension, cross locks, cornering lamps and ISRI 6860 driver seat with integrated seatbelt, according to IAL.

IAL has reported that ‘The Weapon’ has the power and manoeuvrability to deliver in the fire and emergency services sector with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of 26,000kg, 221 kW at 2,400 rpm, 981 Nm at 1,450 – 1,450 rpm, and an off-highway engine that is powered by a Compressed Air Foam (CAF) system.

“The [NSW] RFS was looking for a fire-fighting system that could pump a mix of fire-retardant foam and water from a tank, then through a cannon housed at the front of a truck. They had a 200hp pump but not an engine to match it,” said Isuzu Engines Manager – Industrial and Marine Engines, Dean Whitford.

“But matching a 200hp engine and a 200hp pump meant we’d run into size and weight issues, so we engineered a solution based on heat exchange to keep the engine cool,” he said.

The fire suppressing capacities of compressed air foam and water are more effective than water alone, but the foam is only effective if it can travel from the tank to the targeted area, according to IAL.

“Isuzu Engines’ focus is on off-highway engines, where we’ve developed a reputation for power and reliability,” said Whitford. “But being able to offer solutions in such an important sector as fire and emergency services is a great thrill, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it’s received.”

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