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Fire department Berlin - Germany Mercedes pump
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No: 19099   Contributor: Jacques Peter   Year: 1984   Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz   Country: Germany
Fire department Berlin - Germany Mercedes pump

Fire department Berlin - Germany
Pumper Mercedes Benz 1222
Lower version
Main FS Berlin 1984
Picture added on 03 September 2009 at 09:20
add commentComments:
addition : when i meant lower version it meant lower chassis...not lower quality.
French trying to explain in english, that's what you get
Cheers - JP

Added by Jacques PETER on 03 September 2009.
A historic truck. Not only were these special low-profile vehicles built especially for Berlin, they were the first Berlin Mercedes in many years. Most importantly, they were the first HLF (or rescue pumpers) in Germany - and also most likely the first rescue pumpers commissioned anywhere in Europe.

Berlin was one of the first fire services in the World to realize that everyday first responding fire pumps were actually dealing with more life-threatening rescue incidents than serious fires.

The prototype was acquired in 1984, with bodywork by Baechert. If this photo dates from 1984, this must be it! It was followed by another ten in 1985 and then a flood of orders to replace the entire fleet of conventional MAN pumpers and water tenders within another four years.

These HLF had a 220 BHP engine, which was also an unusually high output for a 12 tonne pumper truck at that time. After converting to these Mercedes HLFs, Berlin has since continously improved on the specifications and capabilities of these units, but now they are almost all MAN again.

Added by Rob Johnson on 18 August 2014.
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