Adelaide Airport Fire Service
The Adelaide Airport Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility is located in the centre of the airfield adjacent the runway intersection.
There are three Rosenbauer Fire/Rescue vehicles on site. Although the term “vehicles” does not do them justice, they’re huge. I had one come up behind me in my car with sirens and lights (the works)…. Very impressive in the rearview mirror. Of course, I pulled over to let them through – without argument 🙂
Rosenbauer Fire/Rescue Vehicle
|Rosenbauer Panther Mk8. (Ultra Large Fire Vehicle)
A visit to the Rosenbauer web site provides more information for the vehicles for those interested in the details.
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A size comparison to the car parked alongside does not do true justice.
The vehicles are pretty tech looking, like something off the TV show “Thunderbirds” (for those who remember).
Technical Specifications are listed below in detail.
Data provided courtesy Airservices Australia.
The photo opposite is a mock-up by our Graphic Artist. It was created to give and idea of how this vehicle operates.
Please see the Photo Gallery for more images and enlargements.
|Fire and Rescue Training Area
Adelaide Airport Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting Traning Area.
In the photo:
Rosenbauer Panther Ultra Large Fire Vehicle Mk8
Manufacturer: Detroit Diesel
Type: 60 DDEC IV
Design: 6 cylinder in line
Max Power: 489 kW (665hp) @ 2,300 rpm
Displacement: 854 cu. in. (14 litres)
Starter motor: electric
Mode of Operation: 4 cycle, water cooled diesel with Turbocharger and charge air cooling
Governor: DDEC IV
Cooling system: Water –ethylene/glycol
Pre–heating: Engine coolant 1,500W
Fuel tank capacity
Total capacity: 250 litres (estimate)
Make: Twin Disc
Model: TD 61-1180 with Power Divider
Selectable gears: six forward, neutral and reverse
A transmission system consisting of 6-speed automatic gear box with integrated transfer case and engine-mounted torque converter is provided to ensure a perfect mach of these components.
It is remotely mounted in the centre of the chassis, lowered between the frame rails. The low mounting position, still providing excellent ground clearance, helps to provide a low centre of gravity for the chassis.
Make: Twin Disc
Length – overall: 10,500 mm
Height – overall: 3,600 mm
Width – over body: 3,000 mm
Width – over mirrors; 3,350 mm
Wheelbase: 4,400 mm
Ground clearance: 410 mm (under front axle)
Weight (GVM is Gross Vehicle Mass)
GVM – Total: 30,000 kg
GVM – Front axle: 10,000 kg
GVM – Middle axle: 10,000 kg
GVM – Rear axles: 10,000 kg
9 June 2009
Vehicle Data courtesy Airservices Australia. Above Photo by Dean Bowden.
5DME would like to thank all the staff from Airservices Australia who contributed to the information above.
Photos are courtesy of Dean Bowden and David H.
Additional Airservices photos are available in our Photo Gallery.