Allison Transmission recently showcased the new model of the Magirus City Fire Truck, based on an Iveco Eurocargo chassis 120E25, during SICUR 2018, the International Security Safety and Fire Exhibition. Ideal for city use, the vehicle features a narrow wheelbase and slim body design combined with an Allison 3000 for greater acceleration and maneuverability.
“The Magirus fire truck coupled with the Allison transmission make this a very complete vehicle with features and benefits similar to those of larger vehicles,” said Alejandro Martínez, Magirus sales director for Spain, Portugal and Latin America. “The difference is that this model facilitates access to narrow streets with tight turns, which would be impossible for larger vehicles.”
Created through the joint efforts of Magirus and Iveco, the compact 4×2 vehicle features a double cab with sufficient space to carry five firefighters comfortably, of which four are accommodated in seats fitted with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The vehicle is also equipped a Magirus MPH230 pump, which guarantees flow rates of some 2,000 l/min at 10 bar and 250 l/min at 40 bar.
“The reliability of the Allison transmission provides added confidence to firefighting teams who can reach the scene of the fire quickly and safely,” said Trond Johansen, market development manager for Allison Transmission in Spain. “In emergency situations, both vehicle performance and acceleration are vital. Thanks to our Continuous Power Technology™, Allison transmissions ensure that the engine delivers power to the wheels smoothly and continuously for increased acceleration performance and shorter journey times.”
Magirus mounted the new vehicle on a Euro 6c emissions-compliant chassis. The combination of an Iveco 250 horsepower engine with the Allison transmission, including a hydraulic retarder for enhanced breaking and reduced brake wear, ensures optimum drivability for emergency work.
“This type of transmission is a magnificent solution for emergency services because, besides affording maximum driving efficiency, it means that drivers do not have to concentrate on gear shifts and can focus all their attention on reaching the scene rapidly and safely,” said Martinez. “In addition, Allison automatic transmissions very rarely break down, so customers are fully confident as regards vehicle uptime.”
Half of the heavy trucks showcased at SICUR were fitted with Allison Automatics, which shows the clear trend to the automation of this type of vehicles.
The Spanish Military Emergencies Unit presented a vehicle for the recognition of Contaminated Areas (NRBQ) URO VAMTAC equipped with the Allison S1000. This vehicle is used for the detection, identification and taking of environmental samples in nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical surveys.