Small Isuzu truck with Big Water Tank meets firefighting needs.
The fire service recently took delivery of an Isuzu NPS 300 4×4 that had been fitted with an integrated compressed air foam system (CAFS) and that’s a first for an Australian firefighting truck.
The TFS recently showed off the CAFS technology at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) conference and exhibition and TFS Fleet Manager, Leon ‘Alfie’ Smith, told Behind the Wheel Truck News the Isuzu has been the perfect platform for CAFS.
“In conjunction with Isuzu, we wanted to see what we could actually bring to the industry, and we think the ability to integrate the CAFS onto a platform of this size has been a bit of a game changer on a national level.
“Traditionally it has been a 10 tonne chassis with the same amount of water, without compressed air foam on it. Being able to have a smaller vehicle with a big water capacity gives significantly more flexibility in the off-road firefighting application.”
The Isuzu NPS 300 4×4 now boasts a 7,500kg GVM for fire and emergency services operations.
Smith says this additional payload has been extremely handy and allows the truck to carry an additional 500 litres of water.
“The additional 1,000 kg payload meant practical benefits for the emergency services industry, and ultimately a safer fire service for everyone,”
“When we set out to actually scope the defined role and capabilities at 7.5 tonne compared to the previous 6.5 we had, there was clearly an opportunity to look at what could be achieved with that extra 1,000 kg of available mass.
“We wanted to increase water capacity and to bring along some of the value-add components, like embracing the compressed air foam capabilities onto the platform.”
“As a package, considering the ergonomics, what it can achieve for firefighting effectiveness, and the enhanced crew safety systems; our new NPS set-up is absolutely a ground breaker.”