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Gibraltar Fire & Rescue Service (G 93289)
Fire Engine Photos
No: 38268   Contributor: ferryjammy   Year: 2015   Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz   Country: Gibralter
Gibraltar Fire & Rescue Service (G 93289)

Mercedes Benz 814D
Picture added on 12 February 2015 at 11:42
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This is the very appliance that the uk fire and rescue are desperatly needing , compact with a good payload, great for both city and urban use , instead of larking about these in 2 and 4 wheel drive are the answer , not only on this chassis but others of similar tonnage , vauxhall do one thats british built and they are the only ones left as ford has stopped all production of commercial vehicles in the uk and started making them in turkey , thanks ford , anyway its the ideal vehicle

Added by Alan Ramsay on 13 February 2015.
Unfortunately now discontinued. These were widely used internationally as well as being very popular in Germany. 4X4 versions were available, but relatively rare.

Typically, the newer ones had a 1, 000 to 2, 000 LPM pump, but the 8 ton GVW effectively limited the water tank to 1, 000 liters if a crew cab, full complement of ladders, hoses and small gear were included.

A version with a 1, 800 liter tank was also produced, but this larger tank meant that it had very limited additional payload and could only accommodate a crew of three.

Added by Rob Johnson on 24 June 2016.
I would also just add that the MB 814 was quite popular as a KLF in Germany, and many are still in service.

The KLF is a unit designed expressly to respond to minor alarms with a three-person crew. These usually have a built in CAFS system with an 800 or 1, 000 liter tank, hydraulic extrication equipment, BA, ladders, a deep lift pump, salvage gear, basic hazmat suits, a generator, lighting equipment, a variety of extinguishers and hand tools. They are also quite popular in Spain.

The concept was to free up personnel and equipment to deal with more serious incidents, by sending this type of unit instead of a full-size pumper with a six person (or even larger) crew.

It is normal practice in many German cities to dispatch the KLF by itself to all automatic fire alarms, most special service calls including minor road accidents, and reported nuisance fires, urban grass fires, car fires and suspected fires. These together account for around 80% to 90% - or even more - of all alarms in most cities.

The KLF concept was originated around 20 years ago, using small vans, which are still the norm in France and Italy. But the German fire services kept adding capabilities, so the vehicles gradually grew bigger, to 3.5, 5.0 then 8.0tons GVW!

I suspect the British TRV concept may also experience this kind of gradual increase in the size of the vehicles being used for these purposes, as there will be increasing awareness of the limitations of really small van and pickup truck based units.

Added by Rob Johnson on 24 June 2016.
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