This unique Isuzu will save thousands of animals
operate in remote areas that have lost power. The body, designed by Rambler Concept Vehicles in Campbellfield, Victoria, took a year to build.
The idea for building the vehicle came during Victoria’s 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, which had a massive impact on wildlife (the RSPCA estimates up to a million animals died) as well as people.
It is a multi-purpose vehicle with a body designed to be flexible, based on a truck that is dependable and can be used in a variety of situations. It will be on call 24/7, says RSPCA animal services executive manager Helen Cocks.
On the road since February, it is equipped to respond quickly to disasters but also makes a difference from day to day. The RSPCA uses the MAC as a roving desexing, microchipping and vaccination unit.
It is also being used to help promote the activities of the RSPCA, a charity aimed at protecting and caring for animals as well as treating animals as part of the group’s many welfare programs.
‘‘ Not only will MAChelp prepare us for future emergencies but it also significantly enhances the RSPCA’s reach to promote a range of welfare initiatives,’’ Cocks says.
The truck selected by the RSPCA is an FSD 850, powered by a 7.8-litre sixcylinder turbo diesel with 176kW and 706Nm.
Cocks says it was important to choose the right machine for the job.
‘‘ When you are fighting against nature and trying to save animals’ lives, you need a vehicle that is functional and reliable,’’ she says.