Simon Super Snorkel SS600 Hydraulic Platform
1987 Simon Super Snorkel SS600 Hydraulic Platform.
Photographed at the Fire Expo in Bristol in 1987,this photograph shows the Simon Super Snorkel SS600 Hydraulic Platform,the heighest working firefighting platform in the world.
The aerial appliance was based on a Terburg-Volvo 8x4 chassis and was 39 1/2ft in lenght(12mtr),12ft 4ins in height(3.75mtr),had a width of 8 1/2ft(2.5mtr)and weighed in at 42 tonnes(42.674KG).It had a working height of 202ft(61.5mtr)
For the first time in 1988,the Simon Super SS600 platform,the flagship of the Simon range of Fire Fighting & Aerial Rescue and Access Equipment was demonstrated to fire chiefs from around the world,but even by 1988,the SS600 was already in use with brigades worldwide.Egypt,India Korea, Tiawan and Kuwait had them already in use.
In 1986,a confirmed order for 2 Simon SS600's was placed in the order books from the USSR,then in 1987 a further order for six SS300's(30mtr)for the Moscow region were ordered.Simon manufactured the complete units including hydraulic jacking systems and mounted them onto Russian'Kamaz'lorry chassis.
The Simon Super Snorkel SS600 with its unique 60mtr upreach,combined with a 22mtr outreach made it one of the most remarkable fire fighting, rescue appliances in the world.Also what was remarkable was that its foulded length was only 12metres'on the road'.....Quiet Remarkable.
Picture added on 19 May 2009 at 05:39