Land Rover Special Vehicles is launching its brand new range of Defender-based fire tender vehicles this week at the Fire 2002 Exhibition held at London’s prestigious ExCel centre.
The flexible and affordable vehicle was developed by Land Rover Special Vehicles in conjunction with fire brigades from around the UK and is based on the Defender Td5. The rugged and versatile Defender has a tradition of engineering excellence and the capability to go where lesser 4x4’s fear to tread.
The Defender Fire Tender is available with a 110 or 130 inch wheelbase and with single or double cab crew capacity. The ingenious modular format of its fire fighting components means that they can be easily configured to cope with a range of dangerous and testing situations.
Features and options available as part of the Fire Tender programme include two Collins Youldon hose reels, three interchangeable pressure pumps, a 900 litre water tank and revolutionary fire fogging system which produces heat absorbing vapour using far less water to much greater effect than conventional systems.
Commenting on the new Defender Fire Tender programme Mike Emery, marketing manager for Special Vehicles said: ‘This vehicle is an essential asset, not only for fire brigades but for private airports, military installations and large plant-based companies alike. It is brilliantly designed to cope with fires, floods, chemical spillages – even animal rescue for 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. While traditional fire appliances are trying to get to an incident the Defender Fire Tender can get up close and deal with it quickly and at a fraction of the cost.’
The Defender Fire Tender is available to order in the UK from September.Published 6 September 2002