The most demanding part of training involves vehicles with a turntable ladder and the container handling vehicles such as the MEILLER RS21. This system allows the brigade to bring a variety of containers for special purposes to an emergency. Valuable time advantages are gained during container loading and unloading through the rapid MEILLER hydraulic system.
Operation must be functionally reliable, whether by day or night and regardless of the weather or surfaces involved. Some of the fire fighters find this a real challenge, because they do not work continuously with the heavy equipment. The MEILLER i.s.a.r.-control remote is a real help here, enabling them to control and monitor each working step from any position. “This enhances safety for us, particularly drivers with little experience”, confirms Bernhard Bender.
Well equipped for every mission
The first MEILLER hooklift was purchased 25 years ago, a decision mainly influenced by economic considerations. Maintaining the continuous operational readiness of fully equipped vehicles for a variety of missions is extremely expensive and requires constant maintenance. A flexible solution with special containers is considerably more cost-effective.
Robust container handling vehicles like the MEILLER RS21 broaden the operational spectrum of the fire brigade. Even if the vehicles are in most cases only used on the second call for specialised tasks, they enable rapid and safe re-equipping.
Their container handling system considerably expands the operational capabilities of the Hofheim brigade. The “Hose” container is deployed in open terrain or for isolated farms to provide extinguishing water within a radius of 2 km. The “Track” container means the crews are equipped to tackle heavy current hazards and attend emergencies in railway tunnels. Further equipment covers replenishment of extinguishing agent, tackling of hazardous materials, bonding agents and special kit (e.g. transfer pumps).
Neighbouring communities in the Main-Taunus district which the Hofheim brigade includes in its alarm planning also benefit in emergencies from this extensive equipment.