Iveco firetrucks, robots to wow crowds at AFAC

In August, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the annual Australian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) conference. During this event, the company's latest emergency service offerings will take the spotlight, showcasing their advancements in the field.

The European manufacturer has already been providing its vehicles to various regional and metropolitan fire and emergency service organizations in the country. During the event, they will showcase two of their key vehicles, along with a tactical response robot.

One of the highlights at their stand will be the latest Euro6 Eurocargo ML150 4×4 Crew Cab. This firefighting vehicle by Iveco is specifically designed for firefighting applications and boasts exceptional performance, particularly in challenging off-road situations.

Equipped with a full-time 4×4 system, hub reduction to all axles, and standard front, center, and rear differential locks, the truck can safely navigate through the most severe conditions. It stands out as the best-in-class option for demanding firefighting operations.

Other benefits of the ML150 4×4 include a 16.1m kerb to kerb turning circle for added manoeuvrability, and an upgraded Allison 5-speed 3500 fully automatic transmission. Iveco says the transmission features taller first to third gear ratios and a custom torque converter lock up program that provides added control for the driver when negotiating steep descents, reducing brake intervention which can cause vehicles to slide in loose and slippery terrain. The truck’s hydraulic retarder also assists in these conditions.

The transmission is coupled to Iveco’s Euro6 6.7l Tector engine producing 320hp and 1,150Nm of torque which peaks at 1200rpm and is available right through to redline. Other benefits of the truck include Iveco’s ‘Fire Pack’ which contains an Australian designed and manufactured roll cage and bull bar with monitor provision, fireproof replacement panels and heat resistant alloy door handles.

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Inside the truck, there is seating for five courtesy of ISRI bucket seats. The display truck is equipped with a Bell Environmental heavy tanker body with 4,000 litre water tank and features a multilayered crew protection system capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 600 degrees Celsius.

Another display vehicle at AFAC will be the latest Daily 4×4 dual cab fitted with tray body, snorkel and bull bar.

The Daily 4×4 features Iveco’s market-leading 8-speed full-automatic transmission coupled to a 180hp Euro6 powerplant. As with the Eurocargo 4×4, the Daily 4×4 is brimming with offroad technology including constant 4×4 system, hub reduction axles and triple differential locks as standard. With a 7t GVM, the latest Daily 4×4 offers strong flexibility for firefighting applications, including for light tanker duties and emergency response.

Also making its Australian debut at AFAC this year is the Wolf R1 tactical response robot, developed by Iveco’s specialist firefighting equipment sister brand, Magirus. Iveco says the Wolf R1 allows emergency forces to remain outside the danger zone during a fire, instead using the robot’s specialist camera systems to supply live images and photos, allowing responders to safely evaluate the situation before coordinating a response plan.

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