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No: 41069   Contributor: Alan Lea   Year: 2018   Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz   Country: Qatar
Qatar Civil Defense HQ Doha

Mercedes 55 m HP May 2018
Picture added on 10 October 2018 at 14:11
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The Third World "solution" when it comes to building unsafe high rise buildings with inadequate fire prevention and protection measures is to buy giant aerials like this five axle example.

Although they are very expensive, they do of course cost much less than insisting on having big structures built to modern safety standards.

Perhaps - in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster - some UK fire brigades with dangerous high rises should start getting realistic and add these to their fleets too.

It is obviously a half measure, but better than ignoring the problem altogether. And these behemoths can be supplied much more quickly than the time it takes to rehabilitate a dangerous high rise building!

Added by Rob Johnson on 16 October 2018.
I understand that LFB is already looking at adding 55m reach vehicles or even more as a result of Grenfell Tower. Some might say 10 years late but..........

Added by Richard Aston on 25 October 2018.
Thanks Richard:

Better late than never!

But even a standard London 32 meter unit might have been helpful at the Grenfell Tower fire, to help prevent external vertical fire extension from the fourth floor - if LFB had dispatched one!

But LFB records shown in press reports revealed than no aerial was initially dispatched along with the four pumps to to this night time occupied high rise fire!

It was only nearly an hour after the first alarm that one finally arrived, much too late to be deployed for this purpose. A second unit was never dispatched.

In other countries, high rise fires are always attended on the first alarm by at least one aerial - and often by two or more - for obvious reasons, including many places which we would consider to be Third World.

In the USA, where I live now, our Chicago FD responds to all high rise fires with four pumps, two aerials, a rescue squad, a snorkel, an ambulance and three officers - around 45 personnel. Other cities like New York respond similarly, with more than twice as many personnel as London did.

Perhaps one reason London did not send an aerial is that they only have 13? Paris, with a similar population, has 63, Berlin - half the population of either city, has 35...

Added by Rob Johnson on 07 November 2018.
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