State emergency responders, Tasmania Fire Service, has added new fire trucks to its fleet in Hobart and Launceston it has announced.
Following a two year development process, the trucks, have been designed by Tasmanian career firefighters for urban application at a cost of $1.8 million.
These are the first New Truck Generation fire trucks delivered to the Tasmania Fire Services.
The P 360s 4x2s will have a fire monitor on the roof and will each deliver 4000 litres of water a minute when at capacity.
TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol said the trucks are the most technologically advanced in Australia with state of the art safety features.
"These trucks will be allocated to Hobart Fire Brigade at Clarence Fire Station, and the second to Launceston Fire Station and are the first two of five to be replaced over the next five years," he said.
The inbuilt compressed air foam system will allow the trucks to be used at many types of incidents such as structure fires, during asset protection at bushfires on the urban interface and, difficult to extinguish, tyre fires.
Other features of the vehicles include a 'low tone siren' which causes vibrations as well as sound, battery operated road crash rescue equipment, four x 150 watt mast lights for enhanced crew and public safety, a touch screen computerised pump control panel, and advanced driver safety features.
The trucks are powered by a diesel engine with the cleanest emissions technology in the world for this class of vehicle.
"The addition of these vehicles to our fleet will no doubt service the community well for years to come," said Mr Arnol.
As with all NTG deliveries in Australia, the new fire trucks are fitted with Scania’s industry-leading side curtain rollover airbags, which provide crews with protection from side impact and rollovers at every door.
Scania also confirmed it has begun deliveries of NTG CrewCab fire trucks to the Queensland Fire Service, with further fleets around the nation expected to begin receiving their new trucks through 2020.
The commercial vehicle operator provides fire trucks to all states and territories around Australia for major cities, rural centres as well as several rural fire authorities.