Bristol Airport has commissioned the first of three purpose-built fire engines, scheduled for delivery in 2018, from Kronenburg Fire in the Netherlands. These new vehicles form an integral part of a significant and ongoing investment in health and safety at the South West’s premier international airport – which has already seen the completion of a new extensively equipped fire training ground, the delivery of a new fire command and control vehicle and the recent ‘cutting of the turf’ for a new state-of-the-art purpose-built six-bay fire station, which is scheduled for completion early in 2019.
The Dutch company, with its history dating back to 1893, is one of Europe’s leading fire-engine manufacturers, renowned the globe over for its class-leading lightweight composite bodies, which were additionally supplied to specialist vehicle manufacturers worldwide. Kronenburg was chosen to supply Bristol Airport with its new firefighting vehicles following an extensive evaluation process and the completion of a competitive tendering process. Today the company’s firefighting and crash-rescue vehicles are operational in many countries worldwide.
This stunning Kronenburg MAC CT009 6×6 airport crash tender is the first of its kind in the UK and also the first ARFF vehicle in the United Kingdom to make use of a purpose-built Titan T36-650 6×6 ARFF vehicle chassis. This specific airport crash tender boasts a Mercedes Benz OM 502 LA 700bhp Euro 5 diesel engine, Allison automatic transmission and coil-spring suspension. The spacious CT009 crew safety cabin features a large glass area with panoramic vision, easy crew access and wide-opening doors. The distinctive cabin exceeds ECE R29 crash-test standards and accommodates a driver and three crew – the seats boasting SCBA brackets with integral headrests.
The legendary Kronenburg ‘top hamper’ incorporates integral tanks holding 12,000 litres of water plus 1,500 litres of foam, and was specified with a dedicated monitor platform. The body features easy engine access and eight spacious lockers with the high-level lockers incorporating the unique Kronenburg Kangaroo Rescue Equipment Deployment System (REDS), which is an innovative powered shelving system permitting low-level equipment accessibility.
Bristol Airport specified this truck with a Godiva fire pump plus an auto roof-mounted dual-output monitor delivering up to 6,000 litres per minute (lpm) and a throw of over 90m, with a bumper turret capable of discharging 1,900lpm. Additionally there are two 50kg dry chemical powder trolleys mounted on drop-down lockers as well as a fixed 250kg Monnex DCP system with a lay-flat hose, all courtesy of Perren Engineering Limited.
Another UK first for Bristol Airport will be delivery of a Kronenburg ‘Stingray’ domestic firefighting vehicle in late spring 2018 followed by a second Kronenburg MAC CT009 ARFF vehicle later this year.
The MAC CT009 range of airport rescue and fire fighting vehicles are available in 4×4, 4×4 air transportable, 6×6 and 8×8 configurations. There are multiple options to meet customers’ specific requirements, which include twin engines, independent suspension, Kangaroo REDS plus a HRET option with a piercing tip and monitor. Kronenburg ARFF vehicles are manufactured to a world-class-leading standard, exceeding UK CAA and international ICAO and NFPA standards.
For more information, go to www.kronenburgfire.com