Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting

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Adelaide Airport Fire Service

Adelaide Facility

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

Panther Mk8

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.


  • 10 metres long
  • Approx 3 metres high (including rigging)
  • 30 tonnes
  • Top speed 120km/H
  • Roof mounted monitor can throw 5700 litres/foam per minute over 80 metres
  • Cost: $1,100,000 AUD per vehicle (2005)

Visit the Rosenbauer web site:



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.

Fire Mock-up

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:

  • Shell of light aircraft to right
  • Elevated building (fuselage simulation)
  • The vehicle (far right) we’re not sure about


Rosenbauer Panther Ultra Large Fire Vehicle Mk8

Technical Specifications


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.

Torque converter

Make: Twin Disc

Model: *MLW-1755


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.