Rosenbauer has begun delivery of 45 specialized pumpers to Istanbul, Turkey through a cooperative effort with specialty chassis builder DMK International LC of Macomb, Michigan.
Built on DMK's massive General Purpose Vehicles (GPV) 6x6x6 all-wheel drive and all-wheel steer chassis, the 45 units are designed to navigate over large vertical obstacles as well as extremely steep approach and departure angles that are common in the aftermath of natural disasters.
With fully-adjustable and controllable suspensions, the GPV chassis fills the broad void between the conventional fire apparatus and airport rescue fire fighting (ARFF) vehicles. Although these vehicles will be used for everyday fire and rescue responses, the geologic instability in and around Istanbul mandates that first responders be prepared for events like earthquakes, floods, and brush fires, where streets are impassible and off-road access limited in times of unspeakable destruction.
These state-of-the-art vehicles are equipped with the Rosenbauer NH series normal/high-pressure pump, the Rosenbauer Digidos electronic foam proportioning system with on-board Class A and Class B foam tanks, a 660-gallon water tank, touch pad pump panel control with electronic wireless-controlled deck gun, and a 3,000 watt light tower.
Once in-service, the pumpers will be stationed throughout the Istanbul metropolitan region, protecting more than 12 million residents in a land area slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut.