Ger­man in­ge­nu­ity

Deals on Wheels - - Truck Convoy -

At Avalon the Avi­a­tion Res­cue and Fire Ser­vice bought out their Rosen­bauer all-wheel drive fire en­gine.

Leigh Schep­isi, one of the ser­vices of­fi­cers, says there are 130 iden­ti­cal units based at 26 sites all around Aus­tralia. The only two ex­cep­tions are two 4x4s based on Hamil­ton Is­land.

These are big units, car­ry­ing 8900 litres of wa­ter, 1300 litres of foam and 50kg of dry chem­i­cal pow­der. The units are built in Ger­many on an Amer­i­can chas­sis with a Detroit Diesel Se­ries 60 pow­er­ing it.

“It’s able to travel at 120km/h, with 610hp,” Leigh says. “She gets up and goes.”

He ex­plains that the Rosen­bauers are pur­pose built for air­craft and large fuel fires, and are all ter­tian ve­hi­cles as air­craft don’t usu­ally crash on run­ways. The units are road­wor­thy and at Avalon they have a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Shell that if they have a ma­jor fuel fire, Avalon’s trucks will as­sist.

Dur­ing the Hazel­wood Mine fires, the boys spent four weeks there play­ing a big part in help­ing to ex­tin­guish the fire.

Avi­a­tion Res­cue and Fire Ser­vice of­fi­cers, from left, An­drew Tonkin, Leigh Schep­isi and Ge­off Davies

The Wet­ten­halls’ team, from left, Aaron Mathisen, Zack Roger­son, Dale McLaren, Ray­mond Cole, Leon Cole, Gra­ham Welsh, Jody Cau­son, James McCon­nell, Jai Win­field, Phil Gar­rett, Michael Neale, Joshua Gra­ham with his daugh­ter Isla

The con­voy heads north along the Princes High­way

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