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Austral Fire Pac
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No: 279   Contributor: Ron Hozack   Year: 2005   Manufacturer: Austral Specialised Vehicles   Country: Australia
Austral Fire Pac

An early model Austral Fire Pac 2 door pumper (crew of 6) These trucks are now being made in 4 door models. These trucks are popular with firefighters especially the driver as they have good vision and easy access to equipment.
Based in Sydney Australia.
Picture added on 20 October 2005
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Yes I agree, however the passenger seat is located in the centre of the cab so the 4 crew in the back can get out reasonably quickly similar to getting out of a bus.

Added by Ron Hozack on 20 October 2005.
So six people have to leave the vehicle by two doors ? Not efficient I think :-).

Added by Marcel Sloover on 20 October 2005.
while seating for six, most only carried four. worked O'K replacement model Varley Commander is four door.

Added by Mark White on 01 January 2006.
I like this appliance a lot due to its elegant looking cab.I had seen this appliance in the Australia reality TV series 'Emergency 000' which feature the Fire Pac.In the programme the Fire Pac visibilty is clear and tie crew in it get in and out quite fast.

Added by Bomba Boy on 18 December 2006.
I recently purchased an Austral Fire Pac similar to that in the photo, though it was recently in service in the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service. I intend to transform the unit into a camper/tow vehicle to tow a nine metre cougar cat.I have been trying to contact the builders of these vehicles in an attempt to obtain the wiring and pneumatic harness diagrams. Any assistance with the Manufacturers address of contact number/s, would be appreciated.
Added by John Huelin 22 October 2007

Added by John Huelin on 22 October 2007.
Great design for a fire engine, based on a bus chassis. Good picture.

Added by Martyn Schafer on 13 December 2008.
Backseat was uncomfortable over any distance as your airset formed the backrest. Underpowered and limited storage, but was equiped with a good pump.

Added by Walker3555 on 12 September 2009.
the compact size and manoeuvring makes these vehicles particularly suitable for use in the narrow streets of the city, responding to emergencies in places where access is restricted.

Added by Brendan T. on 14 September 2009.
These may be great looking and very effective on road. BUT.... Take them off road for bush fires and they bottom out. Some years back I saw one in Cecil Hills prior to the housing estate being built, Off road in thick grass, the crew did not see the fire comming, they got in the cabin and waited it out. Then got out to extinguish their appliance, due to the amount of plastic and rubber, it burnt well. Had to be removed by a low loader. Needless to say the O.I.C got raked over the coals.

Added by Dave Johnson on 15 June 2010.
Also, the water tank was too heavy for the chassis. This led to many cracked chassis over time, leading to the nickname "Fire-Cracks". Furthermore, they were plumbed for remote foam pickup only. Visually, they were awesome. Practically, they were hopeless.

Added by Tiger on 28 March 2014.
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