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Brandweer Antwerpen Mercedes Actros Prime mover
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No: 134   Contributor: Marcel Sloover   Year: 2003   Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz   Country: Belgium
Brandweer Antwerpen Mercedes Actros Prime mover

This big truck is a Mercedes Benz 2635 Actros Prime mover. The pod on this vehicle is a pump in combination with hoses. The brigade uses it to transport water over a great distance. They can lay down 1100 metre of hoses with this unit.
Picture added on 21 August 2005
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Antwerp Fire Brigade, Belgium
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Are these the pods that are used on the new dimensions HVP's in the UK?

Added by Michael on 01 May 2010.
Yes.

It is a Dutch system. Although they can pump high pressure water at 10 AT or more for firefighting purposes, they were designed primarily to move vast volumes at nominal pressure to combat flooding.

I seem to recall that in this latter role they are rated at something like 20, 000 LPM at 2 AT. This is accomplished by using a floating pump, which requires zero vacuum head. It is operated hydraulically, supplied by high pressure fluid hoses from the generator - which remains on dry land.

In the Netherlands, flooding is a major natural disaster risk, and probably a much more serious potential problem than large fires requiring water relays.

Flooding is also one reason behind the acquisition of New Dimension pods mentioned in the Government rationale for their purchase.

These systems are now also in use by some German and French fire services, as well as in Belgium, Britain and the Netherlands. Along with the pump container, the 1100 meters of hose carried is 150mm diameter, and several lines can be supplied in parallel to move the huge amounts of water involved.

Added by Rob Johnson on 03 June 2018.
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