The countdown is on to one of the big events on the truck industry calendar – the annual Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) conference.
Being held in Sydney this year, Isuzu will once again be on hand and ready to show their latest emergency services related vehicles and products to key decision makers.
Probably the Isuzu offering that will capture the most attention is ‘The Weapon’.
The new mobile fire-fighting truck (as seen above) was engineered by Isuzu and has already been put to work by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS).
The truck has benefited from a range of modifications and enhancements, including:
- Internally reinforced front doors that open to 90°
- Heavy duty non-slip entry steps
- Reverse alarm
- Heated/powered convex spot mirrors
- Combination brake/turn/reverse and marker lamps
- Hill Start Aid
But the biggest addition to the 6×4 Isuzu F-Series truck is the Compressed Air Foam (CAF) system.
Developed by Isuzu Engines in conjunction with the RFS, Manager Industrial/Marine Engines at Isuzu, Dean Whitford, tells us the CAF system is was tailor-made for local conditions.
“The RFS was looking for a firefighting system that could pump a mix of fire-retardant foam and water from a tank, then through a cannon housed at the front of a truck.
“They had a 200hp pump but not an engine to match it.
“But matching a 200hp engine and a 200hp pump meant we’d run into size and weight issues, so we engineered a solution based on heat exchange to keep the engine cool.”
Check out ‘The Weapon’ and the CAF system at the AFAC conference.