The ultimate vehicle: 4,500 litres of fire-extinguishing water, 400 litres of foam, nine crew members on board, plus all the tools and hydraulic rescue equipment necessary to provide help as quickly as possible in the event of an accident on the motorway. Wilfried Thelen, head of the volunteer fire service in Aldenhoven near Aachen, and the members of his unit have high expectations of a fire-fighting vehicle. "Putting out fires, rescuing accident victims and clearing the road for traffic again: we have to do all that under intense stress while maintaining the utmost concentration," says Thelen.
"For that we need a real all-rounder that will operate fully automatic extinguishing and pump systems, transport as much extinguishing agent (water, foam) and as many crew members as possible and, at the same time, still have enough space for technical equipment. Rosenbauer offers us exactly the all-round performer we need." The AT (AT stands for "Aluminium Technology") is a "classic" among municipal emergency vehicles. "It is our first fire-fighting vehicle from this manufacturer," says Thelen. And it was a good investment. "Whereas previously we had to take two vehicles out, now one is enough."
The firefighters from Aldenhoven are particularly impressed by the fully automatic extinguishing and pump technology. "When I clap my hands, it has to work," says Thelen, summing up with a grin the demands on the technology. Even though it is not quite as simple as that, despite being so high-tech, it is important to keep the set-up and operating times as short as possible when deploying the fire-fighting equipment at the site of a fire or accident. "At the push of a button, the pump goes into automatic mode and no longer has to be monitored by our people during operation," says Thelen. "Anything that runs automatically is a help to our emergency service personnel. It means that we can concentrate all our efforts on firefighting and rescue."